Coach Callahan Charities Fun/Run Walk August 20th

Coach Callahan Charities, Inc., invites everyone to participate in the second annual Coach Callahan Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Aug. 20. This fun, unique 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk begins and ends on Stadium Drive. The route journeys through UNL campus, the North Bottoms neighborhood, Haymarket Park and the Haymarket as participants race for Juvenile Diabetes research and for the UNL Libraries.

After catching their breath, runners/walkers will head into Memorial Stadium for Fan & Photo Day to meet their favorite Husker players and coaches.

The day of activities begins with the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. The 5K Run/Walk will begin following the completion of the 1-mile event. This un-timed event allows participants to set a comfortable pace for themselves. Race participants will be able to meet and greet the newcomers to the Husker football team prior to their respective race.

Coach Callahan, along with his wife, Valerie, will be on hand to greet participants as they cross the finish line. Among the participants will be the Nebraska Women's Golf team, wives of Husker coaches, as well as family and staff of the Nebraska athletic department. The Nebraska Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will serve as volunteers to direct runners and traffic along the route.

It's not too late to register for this event. Participants should visit CoachCallahan.com and utilize the secure electronic registration and credit card payment option. For those wishing to register the day of the event, athletic department employees will also be on hand to accept walk-up registrations. Those who are unable to attend the event may make a donation to the juvenile diabetes research or the UNL Libraries through Coach Callahan Charities, Inc., on-line or on the entry form.

The early registration date has passed for both the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and for the 5K Run/Walk, but there is still plenty of time to sign up. Registration fees have increased to $20 for the 1-mile Fun Run/Walk and $35 for the 5K Run/Walk. The registration fee includes refreshments at the finish line and an event t-shirt.

Participants who pre-register can pick up their participant packet on Friday, Aug. 19, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Lincoln Running Company, located at 1213 Q Street, Lincoln. The packet will include the participant's t-shirt and number.

The 2005 Fun Run/Walk is made possible through the generous support of Horizon Bank, adidas, Houchen Bindery, the Lincoln Track Club, and the Lincoln Running Company. Proceeds from the Fun Run/Walk will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Lincoln Chapter and the University of Nebraska Libraries Electronic Resources Fund.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes and has a mission to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes, and the health complications that come with it, by funding the most relevant research possible to achieve a cure. Type 1 diabetes is most often diagnosed in early childhood and causes a lifetime of complications, a dependency on insulin, and the threat of major health problems including stroke, heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. JDRF research funding totaled $81 million in 2003, split between Achieving Normal Blood Sugar ($46 million, 57 percent), Preventing and Reversing Complications ($22 million, 27 percent) and Prevention of Diabetes and its Recurrence ($13 million, 16 percent). The University of Nebraska Libraries Electronic Resources Fund also will benefit from the event proceeds. The University Library seeks to broaden access to its electronic books, databases and journals to fit the needs of staff and students on campus. As Nebraska's only comprehensive research library, UNL Libraries provides its faculty, staff, students and citizens of Nebraska with access to materials that meet their needs. By adding to these services, the UNL Libraries will be able to expand services to users so that they may access materials in the Libraries, in their office, on campus or at home.

Coach Callahan Charities, Inc. is a non-profit organization that Coach Callahan, Nebraska's head football coach, established to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations organized to fight breast cancer and diabetes, and to provide services, support and hope to economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth and families.

To date, Coach Callahan Charities, Inc., has donated more than $97,000 including $50,000 toward breast cancer research from funds collected at Football 101 earlier this summer, and $11,000 raised at last year's Fun Run/Walk. For more information, please call 402-472-0091 or e-mail questions to ccc@huskers.com.


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