A pedestrian course with no shade Oct 6, 2016 | Marathon Overall Rating: Dan Solera FIRST-TIMER '16 Follow This review will be inherently biased because I ran my second worst time this year on this course. While I am capable of running between 3:20 and 3:30 on a … MORE This review will be inherently biased because I ran my second worst time this year on this course. While I am capable of running between 3:20 and 3:30 on a good day, I can typically phone in a 3:45-3:55 marathon under regular circumstances. In Omaha, I ran 1:45 for the first half and then a disastrously awful 2:38 second half. The course begins in Omaha’s downtown, which is just like any other small city in the United States (Birmingham, Little Rock, Tulsa, etc.), and eventually makes its way into new and old neighborhoods, with the occasional park thrown in. This part of the race was actually pleasant until. But around mile 7 it becomes a bike/running path along the river that affords absolutely zero shade. The entire race is a 13-mile out-and-back, so the lack of shade is a near certainty until about mile 19. I was dead by that point and could barely run. However, had I been confidently striding, I would have been slightly annoyed at the lack of creativity or effort in planning out the race course. That said, aid stations were evenly spaced out and staffed with friendly volunteers. The medal is large and bears a colorful ribbon, though the t-shirt wasn’t anything special. Although it is unfortunate that my performance tends to bleed into my opinion of any race, it’s not always the case. I fondly remember Shiprock (3:28), Route 66 (3:27), and Des Moines (3:25), but also smile when I look back on Crazy Horse (3:54) and Tupelo (4:31), the latter of which was also a gruesomely warm out-and-back. For any aspiring 50-staters, I’d look into the other marathons Omaha and Nebraska have to offer before signing up for this one. At the end of this race, I was not only dehydrated, I was underwhelmed. DIFFICULTY 1 PRODUCTION 4 My Report SCENERY 2 SWAG 4 Please login to reply to this review.