While over 100 Husker football players participated in the sixth annual Nebraska Football Road Race outside Memorial Stadium to help raise $30,000 for pediatric brain cancer research, participants were not only from the gridiron.
“The entire Husker volleyball team worked the water station, and some left the station to run the last half of the 5K with participants,” said UNL spokesperson Samantha Cowger. “The gymnastics team helped with snacks, and the Spirit Squad led the cheers.”
Even Herbie Husker joined in the cheers to encourage participants.
A total of 132 Husker football players participated, Cowger said. Some were "running buddies" who ran with kids in the 1-mile run, some directed runners on the course, others encouraged and congratulated runners at the finish line, and still others handed out healthy snacks.
The Lincoln Track Club helped organize the event.
A total of 417 runners completed the 5K and 305 finished the 1-mile run, Cowger said. The money raised will be donated to the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Buffett Cancer Center for pediatric brain cancer research.
Teenager Cayden Hubbard, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at age 6, spoke to the runners before the 5K about his medical experiences and how research has improved treatments. Andy Hoffman, co-founder of the Team Jack Foundation, Husker assistant coach Barrett Ruud and offensive coordinator Troy Walters also spoke at the event.