Second Annual Coach Hep Challenge Set for Saturday

    Go Hoosiers! Jane Hoeppner addresses the crowd at the first annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Jane Hoeppner addresses the crowd at the first annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge.
    Go Hoosiers!

    May 12, 2009

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The second annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge cycle-run-walk event will take place on Saturday, May 16, in honor of late Indiana University head football coach Terry Hoeppner. Coach Hep faced every obstacle, even brain cancer, with a positive attitude, inspiring thousands of football fans during his career.

    "Coach Hep touched many lives throughout the state -- not just IU students and Bloomington community members," Jane Hoeppner said. "Not only was there a connection with people through coaching, but also through his 18-month journey with brain cancer. I want to invite all Hoosiers to take part in the Challenge and join me in the fight against cancer."

    The Challenge is patterned after the Lance Armstrong Challenge Series, which is a cycle-run-walk event with participants obtaining pledges as individuals as well as teams. Participants can choose from 50K and 100K cycling events, a 5K run, a 2K family walk and a new 25K family cycling event. The events will start at the football practice fields north of Memorial Stadium and will be followed by a concert and cookout.

    "We were so blessed by the expertise and care of doctors, nurses and medical administrators," Jane Hoeppner said. "The Coach Hep Cancer Challenge is an opportunity for friends and fans to invest in the future of others."

    The inaugural Challenge event in 2008 brought more than 700 participants to the rolling hills of southern Indiana, raising $6,000 for Bloomington Hospital's Olcott Center for Cancer Education and establishing an endowment at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

    In its second year, the Challenge seeks to reach out to a larger audience statewide to bring more participants to the event as well as raise more funds to help in the fight against cancer. The Challenge is encouraging high school student groups and businesses, as well as running and cycling organizations, to form teams to raise the highest amount of pledges from friends, family members and employers. New to this year's challenge, the team that raises the most money will receive IU Football tickets for each team member, including a tailgate party with Jane Hoeppner before the football game.



    Online registration is open at Participants may also register the morning of the event. A minimum pledge of $35 is required to participate. Teams of five or more receive a $5 discount per team member. Team captains should e-mail to obtain the discount code for their team members.

    The Challenge motto is "Don't Quit. Join the Fight." As a token of appreciation, a pair of red shoelaces will be given away to all participants showing that we are tied to the fight against cancer.

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