Five Takeaways from Titans 5K

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans 5K  at Nissan Stadium is in the books.

Roughly 1,500 runners and walkers took part in Saturday morning's event, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Here's a look at five observations:

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The Winners**

Ryan Snellen crossed the finish line first among male runners, in a time of 16:56.

The 32-year-old Snellen edged out Noah Flynn, 14, who won last year's race. Flynn ran a time of 17:05.

Jillian Neal, 29, finished first among females, with a time of 20:32. Matt Davis, 49, was the top finisher among the wheelchair competitors.

Snellen is an avid runner who ran collegiately at Belmont University. He was a national qualifier for the NCAA Cross Country Division I nationals as a junior, and a few years ago ran a 5K in Portland, Oregon, in a time of 13:57.

He lives in Nashville, two miles from Nissan Stadium.

"I was chasing Noah every bit of it, so hat's off to him. He's a phenomenal runner, '' Snellen said. "I more or less just survived compared to him. But it was good to (win)."

Kern and Son

Titans punter Brett Kern ran the 5K with his son, Bryce.

Kern has participated in the race every year. The first year he ran it with his wife, Tiffany, with Bryce in a stroller.

"Bryce was two (years old),'' Kern said, "and now he is six and almost seven."

The father and son crossed the finish line with a time of 37:15.

Nearly 1,500 runners take part in the annual Titans 5k Walk-Run, presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Saturday at Nissan Stadium. (Donn Jones Photography)

"When we first got to Nashville, he was seven weeks old and now to be able to run a 5K with him, you realize how awesome it is and how fast (time) goes and how big he is getting,'' Kern said. "It was fun. I thought he was going to want to walk a little more, but I think I have a runner in the future. He ran almost all of it except going up the two hills."

Player Turnout

Titans defensive lineman Jurrell Casey fired the starting pistol to start the race.

As the runners took off just outside Nissan Stadium, they passed players and cheerleaders, and received high-fives and handshakes as they embarked on the course.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota was there, along with tight end Delanie Walker, receiver Kendall Wright, linebacker Avery Williamson, running back Dexter McCluster and dozens of other players. Running back DeMarco Murray, tight end Anthony Fasano, tight end Craig Stevens walked the course with family members.

The players also gathered at the finish line to congratulate the finishers on the field at Nissan Stadium.

They had a pretty good view of some bad wipe outs at the end.

Mularkey/Robinson on Hand

Titans general manager Jon Robinson addressed the crowd at the start of the race, as well as after the awards presentation.

Titans coach Mike Mularkey also met with fans.

Robinson and Mularkey walked the course with their wives. Special teams coach Bobby April and his wife walked the course with Robinson and Mularkey.

"It was really fun to be a part of it,'' Mularkey said. "It was great seeing so many players out here taking part, and great for Jon and I to reach out and continue to preach our message about change. It was great to see so many Titans fans out here."

Stadium work Continues

Even as runners started and finished the race, work was being done in the stands at Nissan Stadium.

The seat-replacement project at the stadium continues.

On Saturday, the red seats on the club level we being taken out, and new ones were going in. A good bulk of work has already been done with the blue seats in the stadium's lower level and upper deck.

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