The 7th Annual Titan 5k on August 3rd, 2019 experienced a beautiful, albeit hot and humid day, and offered some exciting races in the 5k and in the Kiddy Quarter. We again had over 100 registrants with over 175 people in attendance. The event raised $1,000 to help support those who live with Parkinson's Disease in the Fox Valley Community. Funds are being used to help support Rock Steady Boxing classes for those who live with Parkinson's Disease. These classes help with movement and exercise and will help delay the onset and advance of disease symptoms.
Participants in the Titan 5k went home with a tshirt, a door prize, and free giveaways. The Kiddy Quarter participants went home with sunglasses, a wristband, and enjoyed delicious popsicles.
The 5k saw some outstanding performances. Derek Johnsrud, UW Oshkosh alum and multiple time NCAA qualifier, became the first 3-time champion of the Titan 5k by defending his 2018 victory with a time of 15:25. Derek also was victorious in 2016. He pulled away late from current UW Oshkosh Titans Cody Chadwick (2018 NCAA Qualifier) and Andrew George. Former Titan All-Americans Joe Zack and Tyler Morey rounded out the top 5. All told the race saw 10 males break 17 minutes. Derek won a cash prize for being a multiple time champion, and he also won an award for being the top Titan Alum. Jay Potratz won an award for being the top Master's (40+) Titan Alum with a time of 21:49, while Shawn Moore took home an award for being the top Male Master's finisher overall with a time of 20:01.
On the women's side, UW Oshkosh alumna and two-time NCAA All-American Cheyenne Moore became the first multiple time champion in the history of the women's race while breaking the event record with a time of 17:36. She led comfortably wire to wire, and earned a cash prize for her efforts while also earning an award as the top Titan Alum. Past champions Laura Schmitz and Titan alum McKenzie Kelly (3 time NCAA All-American and NCAA Record holder) ran strong races to finish 2nd and 3rd, while Titan Alum Brittany Gibson, another NCAA qualifier, finished 4th. Six women broke 10 minutes overall. Kathleen Busse won an award for being the top Female Master's finisher overall with a time of 20:54. We enjoyed another awesome event, and we look forward to celebrating this year's accomplishments for awhile longer before turning our attention to next year's race.
Please peruse our website for full results, and we should have pictures posted of the event by Monday, August 12th. The UW Oshkosh Titan Cross Country Teams thank all participants, volunteers, sponsors, and donors for helping make this an amazing event. Without the generous support of you all, we wouldn't be able to host such a meaningful event that continues to raise money, support, and awareness for valuable causes. THANK YOU!
We plan to be back in 2020 with the 8th Annual Titan 5k. As we move forward, we will announce the date, the prizes, and other important details for next year's event. #HAILTITANS