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Registration Open For Football Road Race

By NU Athletic Communications

Registration is now open for the seventh-annual Nebraska Football Road Race, to be held Sunday, July 14, in Lincoln. The one-mile Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K run will follow, with an estimated start time of 8:30 a.m. Both races will start and finish on Stadium Drive on the west side of Memorial Stadium.

The history of the Nebraska Football Road Race is directly tied to the inspirational relationship created in 2012 between former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead and pediatric brain cancer patient Jack Hoffman, who became famous as a 7-year old by running for a 69-yard touchdown in the 2013 Spring Game.

Because of this relationship, the Nebraska football team has been committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric brain cancer research. More than $150,000 has been raised through the first six road races.

This year’s leadership team for the road race is sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez, sophomore kicker Barret Pickering and redshirted freshman defensive lineman Ryan Schommer. Other select players will participate in the one-mile Fun Run, and registrants will have opportunities to interact with the members of the Nebraska football team at the event. 

Fans can register for the races by going to Online registration is open until Wednesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. CDT. The entrance fee until then is $25 for the one-mile Fun Run and $30 for the 5K. After July 10, individuals can register in-person at The Lincoln Running Company (cash or check only) for a late registration fee of $40 for the 5K and $30 for the one-mile Fun Run.

Runners will also receive a commemorative race-day T-Shirt and Nebraska Football Road Race Bracelet. All proceeds will go directly to pediatric brain cancer research at the Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Additionally, the first 1,000 registrants will be invited to watch an exclusive preseason Nebraska football practice or scrimmage in Memorial Stadium in August. More information on that event will be sent in an email after the race.

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