Overall Rating
Overall Rating (7 Reviews)
4.1
(7 Ratings)(7 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.1
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.9
SWAG
3.9
The Lincoln Marathon and Half-Marathon is run on a citywide course. Tackle the 26.2 mile course, beginning on the campus of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, running through a vast portion of the city, and ending on the 50 yard-line of Memorial Stadium.  Or join thousands of fellow runners … MORE
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    Joann FIRST-TIMER '18

    One of the best managed races I have run. One of the local churches had a Saturday night service so they could dismiss on Sunday and assist in the race. … MORE

    One of the best managed races I have run. One of the local churches had a Saturday night service so they could dismiss on Sunday and
    assist in the race. I found the entire experience delightful.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    jgregg42 FIRST-TIMER '14

    I loved this race. it was well organized and a challenging course for the most part. loved ending in the football stadium. great crowd support. MORE

    I loved this race. it was well organized and a challenging course for the most part. loved ending in the football stadium. great crowd support.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    Peter FIRST-TIMER '19

    Very nicely organized race for 10,000 runners. Finishing on the 50 yard line was a great end to the race. Medal a bit lame, I have to say. MORE

    Very nicely organized race for 10,000 runners. Finishing on the 50 yard line was a great end to the race.

    Medal a bit lame, I have to say.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    notinitforthetimes REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I'm not a runner. I do my best to jog and when needed I walk. The Lincoln Marathon (and half in my case) was my first race, so I didn't … MORE

    I’m not a runner. I do my best to jog and when needed I walk. The Lincoln Marathon (and half in my case) was my first race, so I didn’t appreciate the just how unique it is to have SO MANY people lined up across every mile of the route cheering for you. It totally keeps you motivated.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    runmikerun2021 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Well organized, nice medal and shirt. Excellent support. Course was challenging but fair (a few hills). Run into Memorial Stadium. Not a Husker fan but it was cool. After race … MORE

    Well organized, nice medal and shirt. Excellent support. Course was challenging but fair (a few hills). Run into Memorial Stadium. Not a Husker fan but it was cool. After race food was better than average.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    mjenn66 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Decent race. About what I expected for a race in Nebraska. Highlight was clearly the finish inside Nebraska Cornhusker stadium at the 50 yard line. Lots of food/donuts/drink at finish. … MORE

    Decent race. About what I expected for a race in Nebraska. Highlight was clearly the finish inside Nebraska Cornhusker stadium at the 50 yard line. Lots of food/donuts/drink at finish. Medal was a little disappointing. Large race with competitive/strong finishing times overall, and in my age group. Not much going on post-race.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    RunnerMeg FIRST-TIMER '17

    Weather can play a huge role in Lincoln, NE and this year's race was a good example. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, and the … MORE

    Weather can play a huge role in Lincoln, NE and this year’s race was a good example. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, and the temperature climbed quickly from 60 to 75+.

    Aside from the weather, the race is very well organized and the course very well marked. The start is adjacent to the football stadium and there’s an indoor practice field with bathrooms where you can hang out until the start. The finish is on the 50 yard line of the football field which was very cool.

    Runners are supposedly organized by pace and bib color though I saw zero indication that this was enforced which is too bad. There is a wave start with a minute or so in between each wave. The gun went off at 7 and I crossed the line around 7:10 in the 8:00-8:59 pace wave.

    The first several miles felt kind of congested, with lots of weaving and dodging slower runners. I’m not saying I’m a speed demon but people weren’t seeded very well and one of the half marathon pace groups had a huge group taking up most of the road. After four or five miles things spread out some and by the 13 mile mark it was wide open!

    This race did water stops very well, with not just one or two tables but several spread out over a significant distance with alternating water and Gatorade. I loved this. If you missed your shot at the first table it was ok, there were a few more chances just steps away. They also had lids and straws on their paper cups which was crazy to me at first but so nice. Additionally, it was a hot day and the water was SO nice and cold. It was kind of amazing actually. Pouring it on my head felt great. People were giving out bags and cups of ice too, which was a lifesaver in the second half as there was little to no shade. I also snagged an otterpop which tasted divine.

    Overall the course wasn’t bad. There were some pretty park areas, residential streets, downtown etc. I would not call the course flat at all though. It’s not a monster but there are several hills and the back half has some rollers. I’m okay with hills but it shouldn’t be called flat.

    Finishing in the stadium was cool and the medal was pretty good. Water and Gatorade, Pepsi, chips and chocolate milk were among the food options at the end. I think half runners cleaned out the cookies and other treats though, those tables were empty.

    Again, weather could make or break a race here but I squeaked in under 4 and call that a win. It’s a good race with great support from the National Guard and community. I’d recommend it, especially for those running the states. Sign up early, it does sell out.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    M_Sohaskey Jul 20, 2017 at 7:41pm

    I wish I'd read your review last year, Meg! I ran Omaha in September, and though that one also finished in a (baseball) stadium, it was much more ho-hum forgettable… MORE

    I wish I'd read your review last year, Meg! I ran Omaha in September, and though that one also finished in a (baseball) stadium, it was much more ho-hum forgettable than Lincoln sounds. And May is probably a better time of the year than September, when it got pretty brutally hot. Like you I'm good with a few hills, to keep the hip flexors from locking up by mile 18. And I always like hearing about races in the heartland, since it doesn't get as much love from runners as the two coasts. Thanks for another helpful review! LESS

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