Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
3.8
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.6
SCENERY
3.4
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.8
Nebraska: This is Your Marathon. Founded in 2015, this locally owned race showcases the most scenic route Omaha has to offer. From Midtown to Downtown, through the heart of The Old Market and past many of the iconic landmarks in the city we call home.
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    LorriG FIRST-TIMER '20

    Ran during COVID and they did a great job keeping everyone safe. CONS: non-stop rolling hills, all concrete course, no shade, STRONG winds PROS: Amazing organizers, easy course to follow, … MORE

    Ran during COVID and they did a great job keeping everyone safe.
    CONS: non-stop rolling hills, all concrete course, no shade, STRONG winds
    PROS: Amazing organizers, easy course to follow, easy parking, out and back race, and a shirt and medal that I would do the race all over again for.
    I can’t say enough to the organizers that waited for me to finish! I had a hard time on race day. I’m a flatlander, and the hills were relentless. Add winds that about knocked me over and it was very challenging. I’m also older, and the all concrete course made my joints ache and the sun glared off the concrete. Lastly, the temperature reached over 80 degrees before I finished.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    4

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    fotogmike FIRST-TIMER '20

    The 2020 course was different from the one in previous years, so I'll just say that they should use it again, despite the uphill finish. Most of the miles were … MORE

    The 2020 course was different from the one in previous years, so I’ll just say that they should use it again, despite the uphill finish. Most of the miles were on paved trails along two creeks in Papillion, southwest of Omaha. Construction in downtown Omaha forced the course change and the Covid pandemic forced other changes, but the race went on and the organizers showed that it can be done. Face coverings were required until you got to the start line, three runners started every ten seconds, and water stations had 10 ounce bottles of water or Gatorade instead of cups.
    The course markings were the best I’ve ever seen. Every turn or trail intersection had multiple signs with big arrows to make it nearly impossible to go the wrong way. Most of these locations also had a volunteer stationed there. Not many spectators, but all were enthusiastic and supportive. Same energy from the volunteers. Nom-nom bag at the finish had some tasty goodies inside, but no protein bar or other source of good post-race protein, so bring your own. Maybe they can get a sponsor for that in the future.
    Everything from packet pick-up to the finish line was very well-organized. This group does a great job.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '20

    The Nebraska Marathon was held in Papillion, NE, a suburb of Omaha. The start was at Papillion-LaVista South High School, and dropped down to Walnut Creek Lake on a concrete … MORE

    The Nebraska Marathon was held in Papillion, NE, a suburb of Omaha. The start was at Papillion-LaVista South High School, and dropped down to Walnut Creek Lake on a concrete bike path and then went around the lake. This was actually the best part of the trail and I enjoyed looking at the native prairie grasses that were tall as me along the trail. After we ran around the scenic lake and watched the sunrise, we then did two long out and backs in opposite directions. The concrete bike path went along Papillion Creek, which was more like a ditch than a stream. I was disappointed that there were no trees, so no shade. The trail was flat however, until we got back to the lake and climbed the steep hill back to the high school. The aid stations were 2-3 miles apart, but only had water and flavored water and no food. I forgot to bring my favorite energy gels, but luckily found two of them in my running bag that were left over from my last marathon. I still started hitting the wall in the last 6 miles, which may have been avoided if they had something to drink that had some carbohydrates. I’m not sure why, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they gave us our finisher medals at the packet pickup. It seemed to me that they could have let us pick one up at the finish without putting the volunteers at risk. I hope I’m not being too critical, because it was a good day for a run and I’m appreciative for the opportunity to run a marathon within driving distance from where I live. I hope I get a chance to provide some input to the race organizers, because I think this could be improved from a ho hum marathon to a very nice one. Don’t take my word for it though, give it a chance and give it a try.

    I see that in prior years, this race was run through part of the old town in Omaha. I think that I liked the location for this race this year rather than running in old town Omaha.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3
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    Karen818 FIRST-TIMER '15

    This was a pretty small race, we ran through the Old Market area of Omaha, past Creighton University and the home of the College World Series, crossed the river into … MORE

    This was a pretty small race, we ran through the Old Market area of Omaha, past Creighton University and the home of the College World Series, crossed the river into Iowa and then back to Nebraska to finish. The packet pick up was the morning of the race, so that was nice.

    The medal was the most disappointing medal of all the races I’ve done. Light weight, cheap, like something you’d give an 8 year old soccer team for participating. The T-shirt on the other hand was an under amour athletic shirt, so that was nice. Also, we got a sapling tree at the finish line, kind of a unique finisher gift.

    Omaha is a very fun place to visit. If your traveling to the race, I’d recommend staying a few days in the Old Market area.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    kcmcq18 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course covered a lot of key points of interest in Omaha. It was well-managed, and you get a great 1/4 zip, medal, and tree sapling for participating. MORE

    Course covered a lot of key points of interest in Omaha. It was well-managed, and you get a great 1/4 zip, medal, and tree sapling for participating.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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