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This race has been cancelled - Please check back for the date for 2019

4th Annual P.O.P. 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 9am

Be a part of the race to prevent and alleviate teen violence while inspiring optional career choices and promoting healthy lifestyle choices and positive behavior. Join this movement today. We dream about a new world for the children with no harm. We are aiming to build a strong and a bouncing platform where anyone can work for children worldwide.

New this year, Group Pricing.  Register 10 or more Adult 5K participants and the registration fee is $20 per person.  All participants in the group must be registered at the same time.  Discount will be taken at checkout.  Adult 5K Only.  

Registration fees

Youth 5K Closed

Age 17 and under

  1. $10.00
    May 8 - Sep 3

Adult 5K Closed

Age 18 and over

  1. $25.00
    May 8 - Sep 3

About NWI POP on Violence

In April 2008, Dr. Mike McGee, Chief of the ER, founded Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Violence program after witnessing an increase in teenage violence in the Methodist Emergency Department consisting of blunt trauma, as well, as penetrating (gunshots and stab wounds) trauma. In 2012, he partnered with Dr Reuben Rutland, Chief of Trauma and a fellow member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, to develop a 501c3 Not-for-Profit Organization to further expand the benefits of this program. POP Foundation was created as an outreach effort to target youths in NWI and the Chicagoland Area. 

We want to open a relevant dialogue with the community about the long-term effects of impulsive violence and how we can replace these incidents with more examples of positive interaction.

Our Mission

To prevent and alleviate teen violence while inspiring optional career choices and promoting healthy lifestyle choices and positive behavior.

Our Vision

The vision of the P.O.P. Foundation is to provide outreach services, educational seminars, as well as, college and career readiness opportunities. We encourage healthy lifestyle choices by working with active community partners to create a safe, fulfilling and academically enriching environment. 

Our Purpose

Partnership with Methodist outreach program, marketing dept, Methodist Trauma Team, and Northwest Emergency Associates ER Group to target teens at risk. Trauma designmation status requires prevention outreach initiative programs such as these.

Race Information

Packet Pickup on race day starting at 7:00-8:00 am.

Race Day registration 7:00-8:00 am.

Awards to the top male and female in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place

Stay after the race for our Youth Talent Showcase and visit our vendor booths.

Event Schedule

  • September 6 12:00 PM EDT - Online Registration Closes - Noon

  • September 8 7:00 AM EDT - Packet Pickup Race Morning 7:00-8:30am

  • September 8 7:00 AM EDT - Race Day Registration 7:00-8:30am

  • September 8 9:00 AM EDT - Race Starts Promptly

Contact Information

Event Location

Hidden Lake Park, Merrillville, IN, United States

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