Callahan Fun Run Raises Over $11,000 for Charities

More than 700 runners laced up their shoes Saturday morning to participate in the second annual Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and UNL Libraries Electronics Resources Fund.

The event, sponsored by Horizon Bank, Houchen Bindery, adidas, the Lincoln Track Club and the Lincoln Running Company, raised over $11,000 for charity.

Eight-year old Eric Castillo of Lincoln North American Elementary School was the top male finisher in the one-mile race, finishing in 6 minutes, 33 seconds, while 13-year old Whitney Wagner, daughter of assistant coach Dennis Wagner, was the top female finisher, finishing in 7 minutes, 5 seconds.

In the 5K race, Madison, Wis.-native Pete Jaeger recorded the top finish, completing the run in 17 minutes, 5 seconds. Theresa Gosnell of Omaha was the top female finisher with a time of 18 minutes, 30 seconds, while 13-year old Joe Castillo, whose brother Eric won the one-mile race, turned in the top youth time of 18 minutes, 26 seconds. Nine-year old Rachel O'Neal of Dallas, Texas finished first among female youths with a time of 26 minutes, four seconds.

Nebraska Head Coach Bill Callahan was very pleased with the turnout for the event.

"It was a really nice way to start out Fan Day," Callahan said. "I was really pleased that so many of our great fans were able to make it out today. It was a great day to enjoy Husker football and Nebraska athletics."

Sophomore tight end Sean Hill and Coach Callahan's son Danny were among the many in attendance who will be helped by the JDRF, as both suffer from Type 1 diabetes. It is the mission of the JDRF to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

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

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