For more than a decade, UWM faculty, staff and students have come together every second Sunday in October for a fun run/walk in the neighborhood to raise money for UWM student scholarships. This year, more than 1,500 runners, walkers, strollers and canines took part on what was a beautiful fall day.
Among the turnout were several CHS faculty, staff and students who either participated in the race or provided support for the Prowl’s diverse attendees.
Race day highlights
As one of this year’s most visible Exercise is Medicine® on Campus events, the Panther Prowl took place on October 8. Pitching in to help the UWM Alumni Association promote and help on the day of the event were the College’s kinesiology students.
Before the race, UWM Chancellor Mark Mone made a special proclamation designating “October 2016 is Exercise is Medicine® on Campus Month.” He emphasized the health benefits of physical activity and exercise, and asked all to join in activities and observances in the interest of better health and quality of life for all on campus.
In addition, several CHS students, faculty and staff were involved in making the event successful. The athletic training faculty and students, as they have done every year since the beginning of the event, provided runners and walkers race-day services.
Before the race, water and Gatorade was available at the Runners Support Area to keep runners/walkers properly hydrated. During the race, athletic trainers were stationed at the mid-point of the course to assist Prowlers along the way. After the race, Earl-Boehm’s team of athletic trainers and volunteers offered sports massages, stretching, free injury screening and general injury prevention advice.
Nora Miller, MS, associate researcher with the Department of Kinesiology, Exercise Science & Health Promotion unit, worked park logistics at the race. Miller noted the popularity of the Prowl, “This is more than just your average run-of-the-mill 5K. Everyone can participate… runners, walkers, kids, dogs, you name it. I hope the Prowl will continue to attract new participants.”
Miller also applauds the event for helping to promote student success. “The Panther Prowl is a total give-back to the students. That’s who we are here to support. It’s a truly great experience for our students and our community.”