NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Coach Ken Whisenhunt and several Titans players were among approximately 2,000 participants in the third annual Titans 5K on Saturday.
Whisenhunt, who was hired in January, said it was the first opportunity he had to run through downtown Nashville and onto the playing surface of LP Field. He enjoyed every step and the opportunity to join players in interacting with the community.
More than 2,000 people participated in the third annual Titans 5K, including coach Ken Whisenhunt, while Titans players cheered on in support. (photos: Craig Peters)
The coach received a loud ovation from Titans fans before welcoming them and thanking Nashville Mayor Karl Dean for his support of the event and the emphasis that Dean places on living healthy and active lifestyles.
The 3.1-mile course started outside the stadium's north side, crossed the Cumberland River into downtown, returned to the east bank and led runners through the same tunnel that Titans players use to take the field on game day.
Numerous Titans ran or walked the course with their families, and almost everyone else on the roster cheered for participants at the start and finish lines, doling out high-fives to add to the excitement.
Jacob Carrigan of Nashville was the first participant to reach the finish line. Carrigan, who ran 53 races in 2013, built an early lead and cruised for the win. Kristen Sheft, a Titans employee, and Sharon Smith were the first two females to complete the race.
In addition to a special Titans hat, a ticket to a Titans home game and seeing themselves on the Titantron video board, participants were able to take pictures with players and Whisenhunt after they finished the course.
A portion of the proceeds once again will be donated to Girls on the Run, a non-profit that teaches "life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games."