Inaugural Red Card Cancer 5K set at Grand Park on Nov. 12

The course map. (Submitted photo)

The course map. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

The 2016 Red Card Cancer 5K will be held at 8 a.m. Nov. 12 at Grand Park in Westfield. The event is being held in conjunction with the Indianapolis College Showcase.

“The Indianapolis College Showcase is a soccer tournament that will have over 250 men’s teams and 150 women’s teams at it,” said Jeff Graves, president of Vision Event Management, the group managing the run. “On Friday, there is a Big Ten soccer game on the main field and then on Sunday is another game. It’s a big soccer tournament weekend. The company that produces the soccer events wanted to add something more to their platform for the weekend.”

The run will wrap around Grand Park. Soccer matches will be held afterward.

“What is kind of unique about it is that they have the new event center, and we’re going to start inside the event center with the three full-size soccer fields,” Graves said. “We’ll do a lap inside,  which is almost a half mile, then we’ll go outside and run around the grounds. Then we’ll come back inside and finish up around Grand Park.”

The cost to participate for adults (ages 13 and up) is $35. Kids (ages 5-12) are $25. Proceeds  go to the Johns Hopkins Red Card Cancer organization, which works to defeat cancer by uniting the global game of soccer in the fight against it.

“We’re looking to have a little bit of both residents and people traveling to attend the soccer tournament. You have to think when you have almost 400 teams and all the people will be here, what a great way to get a nice run in during the morning and then go watch soccer during the day,” Graves said.

This is the first time for the event. Organizers would like for it to become an annual event. For more, visit https://goo.gl/k9f5M7.