The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana will be hosting the third annual Space Race 5K Run/2K Walk on Sunday, September 21. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., participants will race through Purdue University Calumet's campus.

The race is open to participants of all ages and costs $18 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under through Sept. 20. Advance registration is accepted online or with the mail-in entry form. Race-day registration will be accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and will cost $25 for all participants. The event is a Calumet Region Striders Gold Cup 5K run, and Calumet Striders Gold Cup members can receive $2 off their registration by entering the coupon code "Gold."

Attendees will be able to tour the Challenger Learning Center and enjoy space-themed activities for all ages including laser light shows and tours of the space simulator. Participants and spectators can attend the Space Race dressed in space-themed costumes.

The school or organization with the most votes from participants' entry forms will win a Family Science Night at the Challenger Learning Center. The science night will include family-friendly activities in every room of the Challenger Learning Center including mini missions, planetarium shows and hands-on science activities for children of all ages.

The Space Race 5K Run/2K Walk will benefit the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana and assist the organization with its mission to offer science education learning opportunities for educators, school groups, businesses and the community.

Challenger Learning Center is also looking for sponsors for the event. Sponsorship levels are Endeavor, amounts between $100 and $299, and Discovery, sponsorships of $300 or greater. Endeavor sponsorships will receive pre- and post-race recognition and a company sign along the race course. Discovery sponsorships will receive pre- and post-race recognition, a company sign along the race course, company name/logo on the race shirt, and the company's name listed as a sponsor with a link to their website on the race website, www.yourhometownevents.com.

For more information on the Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana, event sponsorships or to register for the Space Race 5K Run/2K Walk, visit www.clcnwi.com or call 219-989-3250.