- 13.1 miles/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon
- Road Race
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This is one of the best run marathon and half marathons in the midwest. Tons of support on the course, and some of the best aid stations on any race course I've ran. Not only that, but the weather is usually pretty darn nice.
The time -- This race is run every May on the Sunday before Mother's Day. This means that usually the weather is great. With typical highs in the mid 60s or lower 70s and starting temps around 40-45 degrees. This race is in the perfect time of the year.
The course -- The half marathon course is one of the best I've ran. As a looped course that lets you see a lot of the city and experience tons of great fan support. Relatively flat, but with a couple of decent hills to tackle.
The fans -- The course is covered with fan support. The city of Lincoln comes out in droves to support the runners and keep you motivated. Not just at the aid stations, but all along the course you'll find people cheering you on. It's great. It is really hard to lose motivation to run while on this course.
The swag -- You get a t-shirt. However, the organizers usually choose an awful design for the shirt, which relegates it to an occasional -- if that -- wear. Although in 2017, the design was nice, and totally a shirt people wear all the time.
The aid stations -- Every 2-3 miles there is a fully stocked aid station with water and Gatorade. There are two spots on the aid stations, the front with open cups like at most races. But where this race distinguishes itself is the second half of the aid station. Unlike any other race I've done, the second half of the aid station gives you cups with lids and straws. This means you can grab one more cup (or two) for the road and drink at your leisure as you keep going. It's great!
Overall -- This is a great race, and totally worth running. Sign up for it now, it sells out every year.