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NIDS Oral Cancer Awareness 5K Run/2K Walk

Sat September 21, 2024 Crown Point, IN 46307 US Directions


NIDS 5K Run for Oral Cancer Awareness

$20 9:00AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT Price increases after September 13, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT

NIDS 2K Walk for Oral Cancer Awareness

$15 9:10AM CDT - 12:00PM CDT Price increases after September 13, 2024 at 11:59pm CDT


899 Lake Street
Lake County Fairgrounds
Crown Point, IN US 46307


Registration: pre-register online. 

Race day check-in & packet pick up starts at 7:00 am.   SAME DAY SIGN UPS BEGIN 7:30AM
Race start: 9:00 am runners / 9:10 am walkers
Awards: Award medals and $100 gift card to Gamba Ristorante in Merrillville for top male and female finishers overall.  Award medals for top male and female finishers in each age category.
Proceeds: Benefits Oral Cancer Awareness
Late Entry Cost: September 13th to September 20th - $25.  Same Day Sign Ups: $25.

A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the event for $15 each.  

Race will be held rain, snow, or shine. 

This is a closed course with paved and gravel trails. 

We will have a DJ, prizes, medals and sponsor giveaways in addition to a cool race shirt.

RESULTS: 5K race will be timed using on-the-bib disposable chip timing technology.
Full results will be posted at

The 2K walk is non-competitive and will not be timed. 

Proceeds of this race benefit oral cancer awareness.  

Approximately 58,500 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2024. While some think this is a rare cancer, mouth cancers will be newly diagnosed in about 145 new individuals each day in the US alone, and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day. When found at early stages of development, oral cancers can have an 80 to 90% survival rate. Late stage diagnosis is not occurring because most of these cancers are hard to discover, (though some like HPV origin disease have unique discovery issues), it is because of a lack of public awareness coupled with the lack of a national program for opportunistic screenings which would yield early discovery by medical and dental professionals. 

It is one of the Northwest Indiana Dental Society's goals to increase public awareness of oral cancer symptoms and risk factors, to increase early detection.





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