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    A Look Back at the Second Annual Run for Walk

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tammy Walker gets a high-five from the Willie the Wildcat at the Run for Walk.
    Tammy Walker gets a high-five from the Willie the Wildcat at the Run for Walk.

    July 30, 2013

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- On Sunday, July 28, nearly 1,000 purple-clad Northwestern supporters came to Ryan Field for the second annual Run for Walk, a 4.1-mile run and 5K family walk to honor the late head football coach of the Wildcats, Randy Walker.

    The unique distance of 4.1 miles for the run harkens back to Randy's uniform number, 41, during his playing days on the collegiate gridiron at Miami University. The beneficiary for all proceeds from the Run for Walk is the Evanston Community Animal Rescue Effort - C.A.R.E. - a local organization caring and finding homes for lost and homeless pets that was dear to Coach Walker.

    Following spirited addresses from Coach Walker's wife, Tammy Walker, and head football coach Pat Fitzgerald, runners lined up outside Ryan Field at 7:30 a.m. to begin the race. In the men's division, Tim Kowals of Green Bay, Wis. posted the fastest time of the day by finishing the course that wound through the streets of Evanston and along the lakefront on campus in 22:00. Moments later, Elpidio Vilchez of Chicago finished second with a mark of 23:30. Mark Smith of Evanston took third amongst the men after hitting the 50-yard line in a time of 23:44.

    On the women's side, the winner had something special in common with Coach Walker. Head cross country coach April Likhite has been at the helm for the Wildcats for nine seasons and Sunday she finished first with a time of 26:44. Seven seconds later, Cerise Fritsch crossed the line with a final time of 26:51. Maggie Stewart of Skokie claimed the third spot on the medal stand with a time of 27:45.

    Hundreds of families took part in the 5K walk through Evanston, as well, including the Walker family and Northwestern Vice President for Athletics & Recreation Jim Phillips and members of his family. Kids' Cat Dashes were also held on the field for children between the ages of 2-10.

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    Full results are available at the top of this page.

    Participants with the football ticket redemption tag remaining on the their race bib number are invited to redeem their ticket for a nonconference football game at the NU box office during regular business hours. It is important to note, however, that those tags are NOT valid on gamedays.

    Those who registered for the Run for Walk, but were unable to attend the race on Sunday can pick up their packet, shirt and submit their football ticket redemption tag may do so this Thursday, August 1, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at Anderson Hall, just northeast of Ryan Field, located at 1501 Central St. in Evanston. Runners who finished in the top-three overall or the top-three age-group winner and did not pick up their award may do so by e-mailing to arrange a pick-up time or stop by on Thursday between 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    All participants are encouraged to share photos of the event and join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using #Run4Walk and #B1GCats. A gallery of select photos is available at the top of the page. An e-mail will be sent to all participants with information on how to purchase official photos from the race. Please direct any questions to


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