Monday, July 6, 2015

Running around Lincoln: Finding the perfect race

Choosing a race is tricky. This is no first date—you’ll be in a committed training relationship for at least three months. Compatibility is key.

With this in mind, I made a little flow-chart for anyone in the Lincoln/Omaha area looking for their next half or full marathon: 

The Lincoln Marathon is amazing. I wrote about it here. Bonus: It’s in May. If you’re a fellow German-from-Russia who hates training in the summer humidity, the timing is perfect. 

I’ve heard the Lincoln Halfsy is also great race. I intend to find out for myself this fall—and who can resist the allure of Runzas at the finish line? This is for all you finish-a-race-with-a-meal runners.

The Omaha Marathon is… challenging? It’s cool. It’s urban. It’s Omaha. And there are hills or something. That’s about all I know, but I’d love to hear a firsthand perspective. This is for all you over-achieving city runners. 

Bagel and Beer: Nebraska offers a “4ish” mile race and a “halfish” marathon (for the first time!) this November. For all you finish-a-race-with-a-meal and nature lovers, Bagel and a Beer is a twofer. You’ll get chili, a bagel and the great outdoors—sounds like a win. 

You’re now one step closer to race-day compatibility. Or maybe you’ll find a reason to fall in love with them all. The best part about racing is you don’t have to choose just one. 

This covers some of the longer distances, but Lincoln/Omaha boast some great short races as well. What are some of your favorite 5k and 10k races in the area?

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