Over 600 Runners Signed up for Fun Run

More than 600 runners will lace up their shoes Saturday morning to participate in the third annual Coach Callahan Charities Fun Run/Walk to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the UNL Libraries Electronics Resources Fund.

The event, sponsored by Houchen Bindery, adidas and Ideal Images, the Lincoln Track Club, Huskers Authentic, Espresso to You, and the Lincoln Running Company, raised over $11,000 for charity in 2005 for a cumulative total of more than $20,000.

The Coach Callahan Fun Run is also well supported by companies who sponsor a large amount of runners for the race. Lincoln Plating is supporting over 30 of its employees for Saturday's event.

Junior tight end Sean Hill and Coach Callahan's son Danny will be among the many runners 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.

Incoming freshmen on the Husker football team will also be in attendance to give a warm "tunnel" welcome to finishers in the one-mile youth race.

The Nebraska men and women's cross country team will also be volunteering on the course, setting the pace for the hundreds of runners who will make the loop around Haymarket Park and back to the stadium. The UNL Lacrosse Club will also be running in the race.

Coach Callahan Charities, Inc. is a non-profit organization that Coach Bill 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.

In 2005, eight-year old Eric Castillo of Lincoln North American Elementary School was the top male finisher in the one-mile race, finishing in six minutes, 33 seconds, while 13-year old Whitney Wagner, daughter of assistant coach Dennis Wagner, was the top female finisher, finishing in seven minutes, five seconds.

In the 5K race, Madison, Wis.-native Pete Jaeger recorded the top finish, completing the run in 17 minutes, five 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.

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