Prowl for a Purpose at UWM’s 5K on Oct. 13

Every second Sunday in October for the last nine years, UWM faculty, staff and students come together to prowl and party for a most important cause: Raising money for UWM scholarships.

This year’s Panther Prowl 5K run/walk kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 10 a.m. Runners and walkers will report to the starting line on Hartford Avenue, between Merrill and Garland halls. All UWM supporters, neighbors and non-affiliated athletes are welcome. Party and award ceremony to follow on Spaights Plaza.

“The Panther Prowl has become a favorite alumni and student tradition,” says Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Adrienne Bass. “Come out and run, walk and stroll to support UWM student scholarships.”

The event accommodates runners, walkers, strollers and canines at any speed.

Early Bird Registration ends Oct. 4, and is $23 for adults/$15 for students. Late Registration runs from Oct. 5-13, and is $28 for adults/$15 for students. Event-Day Registration is available from 8:30-9:45 a.m. on Oct. 13. Late Registration prices remain in effect. Students can now use their Gold Card to register. Prowling Around the World recruits Panthers from out of state and overseas to raise funds for UWM student scholarships, and costs $30.

Walkers are in high demand at this year’s Prowl, with a special call-out to university departments and divisions with enough Panther Pride to pull together 10 runners or walkers to form their own Prowl team. The largest team wins a pizza party.

Registered Prowl walkers have more programs and prize potential than ever before, including walking groups coordinated by the Department of Kinesiology for “novice” and “experienced” fitness levels, and a beginning group for runners/joggers, each walk led by an expert source on nutrition, injury prevention, footwear or a related topic. Walk groups meet Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 9, at 12:15 and 4:30 p.m.

After the Prowl, meet up with walkers at the bike racks on the north side of the Gold Meir Library to size up your competition in categories like “Best Dressed Dog,” “Slowest Team,” “Largest Team” or “Most Decked Out Stroller.” Email uwmwalks@uwm.edu to enroll in advance, or for questions, requests for programs and more.

Runners of all skill levels can get and stay motivated with access to a special Performance and Injury Center. Any Prowl registrant – runner or walker – can schedule an individual consultation to improve running/walking performance, or for an injury concern. A team of experts in physical and athletic training, sports psychology and nutrition will provide integrated assessments to registered Prowl runners and walkers. Contact performance-center@uwm.edu to schedule a consultation.

The event’s most experienced runners can still aim for an “I beat the Chancellor” t-shirt, but they’ll have to aim high. Chancellor Michael R. Lovell is sidelined with a season-ending ankle injury but his average Prowl time of 20:58 remains the time to beat for all t-shirt competitors.

Speaking of shirts, this year’s commemorative Panther Prowl tees come in men, women and youth sizes for a comfortable yet fashionable fit.

For additional information about new Prowl prizes (UWM-branded hats, lunch bags, iPad padfolios), award categories, event details and more visit https://www4.uwm.edu/pantherprowl/.