Huge Turnout for Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge
May 10, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Over 700 people participated in the first annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge cycle/run/walk event on Saturday. The event was held in honor of the late IU football coach Terry Hoeppner, who died last year after battling brain cancer.
Jane Hoeppner, the wife of Coach Hep, served as the honorary chairperson and appreciated the overwhelming show of support.
"I want to thank everyone for coming out and making this a truly memorable day," Hoeppner said. "The weather cooperated and the Hoosier faithful did not disappoint. I had a wonderful time and this support is why Coach Hep loved Indiana University and the entire Hoosier Nation."
There was something for all cycling, running and walking enthusiasts. The day kicked off with a 40K and 100K bicycle race at 8:30 am. All the races began and ended at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
Prior to the 5K run and 2K Family Walk, head football coach Bill Lynch, head basketball coach Tom Crean and Jane Hoeppner addressed the crowd. Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, served as the master of ceremonies.
Hoeppner led the Family Walk along with cancer survivors and cancer patients, while the entire football coaching staff and their families joined the group. Following the 5K and 2K, participants enjoyed music, a barbecue and the awards ceremony.
Current IU football players volunteered at the event along with members of the women's basketball team. Athletic department staff and student-athletes from across the department also participated in the event.
Next year's Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 16.
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