Team Godfather runs for pediatric cancer patients at Purdue 5k | Campus

Hundreds of people gathered in the chilly Saturday morning air to run or walk in the Purdue half-marathon and 5K, an annual race that winds its way through campus and surrounding areas. Participants were of all ages, and included both avid runners and “ultra-marathoners” as well as some who had never run before.

Joe Musashe, 68, walked the 5k with his “Team Godfather,” to raise money for pediatric cancer research. 

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis gave a speech and ran with the other participants, and Purdue Pete also made an appearance to take photos with runners. People participated for fun, or for a multitude of different causes, but everyone was there to cheer each other on towards crossing that finish line.

Start of 5K

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

Boilermaker 5K participants leap off of the start line following the race announcer’s countdown.

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

2 hrs ago

The first heats of runners set off for a 13.1 mile course through the Purdue campus, city of West Lafayette, and Lafayette area.

Joe Musashe walking

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

4 hrs ago

Joe Musashe and other members of Team Godfather begin the 5k

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

2 hrs ago

Joe Masache, leader of Team Godfather, provides some insight into the origins of his team, their mission, and his hopes for the race.

Cancer survivor

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

A three-time cancer survivor proves that the strength needed for events like these comes from many places within a person, not necessarily purely physical.

Participants gather by the start and finish line

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

Runners and those there to cheer them on gather on the road by Ross-Ade Stadium before the race.

First to cross start line

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

The first half marathon participant crosses the start line pushing another person on a wheelchair, with 13.1 miles ahead of them.

Team Godfather

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

4 hrs ago

Members of Team Godfather, comprised of 30 individual 5k and half marathon participants, pose for a photo before the race.

Half marathon medals

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

Racks of medals hang by where race participants line up to begin their respective races.

Joe Musashe pre-race

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

4 hrs ago

Joe Musashe, leader of Team Godfather, gathers with the crowd in preparation for the 5K.

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

2 hrs ago

Music plays, crowds chatter, and an announcer gives updates to participants as they anticipate the start of the Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K.

Half marathon and 5K check in at Ross-Ade

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

The scene this Saturday was very different from that of a weekend home football game as crowds of people gathered to run and walk the 2021 Purdue Boilermaker half marathon and 5K.

Start and finish line

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

The start and finish line for the race stood waiting for the runners to begin their events early on a chilly Saturday morning.

West Lafayette mayor speaks pre-race

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

3 hrs ago

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis speaks to race participants just before they set off.

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Start of 5K

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Boilermaker 5K participants leap off of the start line following the race announcer’s countdown.

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

The first heats of runners set off for a 13.1 mile course through the Purdue campus, city of West Lafayette, and Lafayette area.

Joe Musashe walking

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Joe Musashe and other members of Team Godfather begin the 5k

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Joe Masache, leader of Team Godfather, provides some insight into the origins of his team, their mission, and his hopes for the race.

Cancer survivor

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

A three-time cancer survivor proves that the strength needed for events like these comes from many places within a person, not necessarily purely physical.

Participants gather by the start and finish line

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Runners and those there to cheer them on gather on the road by Ross-Ade Stadium before the race.

First to cross start line

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

The first half marathon participant crosses the start line pushing another person on a wheelchair, with 13.1 miles ahead of them.

Team Godfather

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Members of Team Godfather, comprised of 30 individual 5k and half marathon participants, pose for a photo before the race.

Half marathon medals

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Racks of medals hang by where race participants line up to begin their respective races.

Joe Musashe pre-race

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Joe Musashe, leader of Team Godfather, gathers with the crowd in preparation for the 5K.

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

Music plays, crowds chatter, and an announcer gives updates to participants as they anticipate the start of the Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K.

Half marathon and 5K check in at Ross-Ade

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

The scene this Saturday was very different from that of a weekend home football game as crowds of people gathered to run and walk the 2021 Purdue Boilermaker half marathon and 5K.

Start and finish line

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

The start and finish line for the race stood waiting for the runners to begin their events early on a chilly Saturday morning.

West Lafayette mayor speaks pre-race

Elizabeth Vojtisek | Staff Photographer

West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis speaks to race participants just before they set off.

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