Project Outreach and Prevention (P.O.P.) on Youth Violence will host its 5th Annual Walk/Run 4 Youth 5K Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Marquette Park, 1 N. Grand Boulevard in Gary from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The event is another opportunity for the organization to promote its message “Not One More Life, One More Day” while encouraging everyone to become aware and involved in the prevention of violence against youth.
In an effort to curb youth violence, P.O.P. offers a series of events and platforms for high school and college students to get involved and help create a positive change throughout underserved communities. The 5K race helps raise funds for youth programs and promotes awareness around careers in health care which include medicine, dentistry, nursing, etc.
“The fundraisers we host are critical to sustaining our programs,” said Dr. Michael McGee, ER Chief Methodist Hospital and P.O.P. Founder. “Our youth deserve every opportunity to be exposed to various careers while meeting the professionals who actually hold these roles. When we occupy their time with these types of experiences, little time is left for them to be involved or fall victim to acts of violence.”
To register for the Walk/Run 4 Youth, visit http://poponviolence.org/event/walk-run-4-youth/.
Race Day registration 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Awards will be given to the top male and female in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.
A disposable chip timing tag will be placed on the race bibs of 5K runners. It is lightweight and remains attached to the race bib. Runners MUST wear their race bibs on the front of their clothing in order to be timed accurately.
A Youth Talent Showcase will follow the race from 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.