The 6th Annual Titan 5k on August 4, 2018, in Menominee Park in Oshkosh saw great weather, two great races, and was a wonderful success. The event had over 100 registrants, 91 finishers, and over 175 people in attendance.
The event raised $2000 to help support those who live with Parkinson’s Disease in Oshkosh and the Fox Valley Community. Funds are being used to help support a Rock Steady Boxing class for those who live with Parkinson’s Disease. The class will help people with movement, exercise, and will help delay the onset and advance of disease symptoms. Participants of the titan 5k went home with a tshirt, a door prize, and free giveaways.
The day also featured a KIDDY QUARTER, a FREE quarter mile Kid's Race for children 10 years of age and under--all participants won sunglasses, a stuffed animal, and a popsicle!
The Titan 5K race was won by former UW Oshkosh standout Derek Johnsrud, a two time NCAA Championships qualifier as a Titan, with a 12thplace finish Nationally in the 10000m at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2015. Derek also won the Titan 5k in 2016, and he becomes the first multiple time champion in the six year history of the Titan 5k. Derek took home a $100 gift card and $50 for winning! Former UW Green Bay runner Mitchell Bilitz finished second, while former UW Oshkosh Titans Mike Foust, Dan Massey, Joe Zack, Mike Wehrley, and Geoff Gundlach also finished in the top ten. Johnsrud also won an award as the Top Titan Alumnus to finish, while Corey Splittgerber won the Master’s Division (40+ years of age).
The female champion was UW Oshkosh All-American Cheyenne Moore, who won with a time of 18:42. Moore is a 5 time NCAA Qualifier and finished 8th at the NCAA Cross Country National Championship last Fall as a senior to capture All-American honors. Former Titan McKenzie Kelly Klitz, who was an All-American, National Champion, and National Record holder while a Titan, finished second for the women. Former Titans Sonny Jenkins, Brit (Haas) Gibson, and Kelly Ellington finished in the top 10 for women, as did former Neenah High School State Champion Alison Parker, and past Titan 5k Champion Laura Schmitz. Kelly Klitz won an award as the Top Titan Alumna, while Valerie Ingersoll won the Master’s Division.
Please peruse our website to find full results and pictures from the race.
The UW Oshkosh Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams would like to thank the participants, the community, and the sponsors for helping to raise money and awareness for a great cause and for allowing us to serve our community in a positive way.
We plan to be back in 2019 with the 7th Annual Titan 5k. As we move forward, we will announce the date, the prizes, and provide other details for next year’s event. #HAILTITANS