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Nebraska Football Road Race to benefit child brain cancer research

Nebraska Football Road Race to benefit child brain cancer research

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Adrian Martinez signs T-shirt

Husker quarterback Adrian Martinez signs Reese Baltensperger's T-shirt at the 2019 Nebraska Football Road Race. The fundraising event for child brain cancer research is on Sunday including a one mile and 5k fun run.

The Nebraska Football Road Race, sponsored by The Home Agency, will resume in person this year Sunday, June 20.

This fundraiser will include a 5K and a 1-mile fun run, and the starting and finish lines will be in front of Memorial Stadium. The fun run will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the 5K.

All proceeds from the Road Race will be donated to the Team Jack POWER5 Pediatric Brain Tumor Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.

In addition to raising funds and awareness for childhood brain cancer, the Nebraska football team has also chosen to remember and honor Team Jack Foundation co-founder, the late Andy Hoffman. Hoffman was diagnosed with a brain tumor, glioblastoma, in July 2020, and succumbed to the disease last March. His passion and dedication to finding better treatments and one day a cure for child brain cancer research was unmatched.

Registration for both the 5K and the 1-mile fun run is now open with fees at $30 and $25, respectively. To register, visit Online registration closes at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19th. Each registrant will receive a t-shirt and bracelet along with the opportunity to interact with members of the Husker football team. The first 1,000 participants to register will also be invited to a closed Nebraska football practice before the start of the 2021 season.

COVID protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of all participants. Upon your registration, in advance of June 20, communication will be emailed with details about the 2021 Nebraska Football Road Race.

Sparked by the 69-yard touchdown run of pediatric brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman in the 2013 Spring Football Game, the Nebraska football team decided to take on the task of raising awareness and funds for the rare disease. Since then, the Road Race has helped raise more than $125,000 for pediatric brain cancer research. The Football Road Race leadership team members are hoping to build on their 2019 record participation of over 900 runners and welcome everyone to participate.

“Speaking on behalf of Leadership Committee members, including Ryan Schommer, Austin Allen and Thomas Fidone, thank you for your support of this event, and we hope you make plans now to participate in the 2021 event supporting a great cause and helping us honor our friend Andy Hoffman,” said Husker quarterback Adrian Martinez.

For information about the Nebraska Football Road Race or the Team Jack Foundation, visit


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