5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Boxer Rebellion 5K
    This race starts at the Scottsbluff Surgery Center at 9 a.m., with race day registration an hour before. Proceeds go to the Festival of Hope organization, while serving as s way to spread awareness and support for those with colon cancer. Participants are encouraged to wear their best and craziness outfits, and awards are given to the first and second place finishers for men, women, and children.
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    Scottsbluff, NE 24 March 2018
    Light Up The Night 5K
    This fun run is in support of Make-A-Wish of Nebraska, where runners and walkers literally light up the night my wearing their glow-in-the-dark get and carry around glow sticks. The event takes places at Cody Park at 7:30 p.m.
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    North Platte, NE 24 March 2018
    State Farm Run
    Take part of this 20th annual run that starts at State Farm Regional Office just after 9 a.m. All runners receive a long sleeve shirt, and the first and second place runners in male and female e categories will get a $50 and $25 gift certificate.
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    Lincoln, NE 24 March 2018
    CASA Super Hero 5K and Villain Chase
    This evening run run and walk starts at 5 p.m. at Iron Horse park. It serves as a benefit for Court Appointed Special Advocates For Children. There is a kids chase, as well as a carnival post-race.
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    North Platte, NE 7 April 2018
    Engineers Without Borders Run/Walk
    Held at Chalco Hills, the course for this run/walk surrounds the lake. It starts at 9 a.m. for runners, and registrations includes a pancake breakfast.
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    Omaha, NE 7 April 2018
    Light It Up Blue - Run for Autism 5K
    Participate in this event to spread awareness for Austin, with proceeds going to the non-profit Autism Family Network. There is race day registration, and the activities kick off at 9 a.m.
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    Lincoln, NE 7 April 2018
    Red Brick Run
    This event is in support of the Gretna TeamMates Mentoring Program that provides mentoring for young people to be a positive role model in their lives. The race starts and finishes at the Gretna Elementary School, and is timed by the gun, not chip timed. There is at least one water station along the course, and post race refreshments.
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    Gretna, NE 7 April 2018
    Run For Hope
    This 5k takes place in Pioneer Park, filled with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, with live music and post-race food. Participants help raise money for kids in India, and are encouraged to have others support the good cause too.
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    Lincoln, NE 7 April 2018
    Sherman Steichen Memorial 5K
    Just $20 for early bird registration, this event takes place at Miller’s Landing and goes in a loop. Participants of this event are allows to be strollers, children and dogs, too come out and have a good time while raising money for Sherman-Steichen Scholarship fund for Pharmacy and Physical Therapy students at Creighton University.
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    Omaha, NE 7 April 2018
    OmaHalf 5k
    Even though this race is now sold out, lucky runners might still to able to get in on race day registration if selected. The event starts and ends in Stinson Park, and has a 3 hours and 15 minute cutoff time. Participants get a finisher medal and souvenir hoodie.
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    Omaha, NE 14 April 2018
    Run Now, Wine Later 5K Adventure
    Combine your two great loves: running and wine with this race. Held at James Arthur Vineyeards, this run/walk is an exclusive event that only takes 250 participants, so sign up now. Finishers get a short, bottle of wine, wine glass and food and mimosas.
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    Lincoln, NE 14 April 2018
    Sillassen 5k
    Not ready for 13.1 miles? Opt instead to run this 5k that starts at the Arthur Park at 8 a.m. The finish line is the same as the half, and runners are encouraged to stay and cheer on the others. Expect hills, so this is a great race for those looking for a challenge.
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    Arthur, NE 14 April 2018
    Spring Run & Fun 5K
    This 5k fun run is open to participants as young as 7 and as old as 99. It takes place at the Othman Community YMCA, this an afternoon event that ends at 6 p.m. Post-race enjoy food and entertainment.
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    Lexington, NE 14 April 2018
    Step It Up 5k
    Organized by the Gamme Delta Chapter of Alpha Xi Delta at the University of Nebraska, this run/walk serves as a fundraiser for Austin Speaks. The race takes place at Lake Zorinsky, and includes a treasure hunt before hand.
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    Omaha, NE 14 April 2018
    Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run
    Take part of this 5k that takes place at Baxter Arena at 9 a.n. in support of the UNO Athletic Department. This is a time chipped event, with medals awarded to the top three runners in each age group.
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    Omaha, NE 21 April 2018
    Miles for Smiles
    This is a race for runners of all levels, from beginners to those wanting to use it a training run for the Omaha half marathon. It takes place around Zorinsky Lake, with processed helping low income adults with dental treatments.
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    Omaha, NE 21 April 2018
    Hero's Run
    Dress in your best superhero running gear and come out to support Sammy’s Superheroes, a foundation that raises funds for research and treatments for all childhood cancers. All finishers get a meal and shirt, and kids under 10 receive a medal and cape.
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    Omaha, NE 22 April 2018
    bRUNch 5K - Junior League of Omaha
    Walk or run at this event that takes place at Midtown Crossing that serves as a fundraiser for the Junior League of Omaga, an organization the promotes volunteerism and leadership for women. Afterward there is a brunch at CRAVE restaurant.
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    Omaha, NE 28 April 2018
    Miletta Vista Adventure Run
    This is a challenging 5k, complete with large hills and throughout ravines at the Miletta Vista Winery. Celebrate crossing the finish line with a glass of fresh sangria.
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    St. Paul, NE 28 April 2018
    Viking Venture Run
    With a start time of 9 a.m., this 5k takes races around the track at Lakeview High School. Strollers are welcomed, with an awards ceremony and refreshments given post-race.
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    Columbus, NE 28 April 2018
    Invest in Yourself 5K
    Presented by Brooks Running Company and Berkshire Hathaway, this 5k is all about running happy and investing in your own health by being active. Participants get a cool finisher’s medal and a Brooks technical tee.
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    Omaha, NE 6 May 2018
    Outrun Addiction - Finish with HOPE
    This timed race is superhero-themed, so come dressed in your best costume. It’s being held at Central Community College, and costs just $20 for adults to register. The vent is to spread awareness about addiction and promote a tobacco free lifestyle, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund at CCC for their Drug and Alcohol Counseling program and prevention services in Hall County.
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    Grand Island, NE 19 May 2018
    Papillion Half Marathon
    With a start time of 7:45 a.m., this 5k starts and finishes at Papillion-La Vista South Stadium, with the course taking them around Papillon throughout scenic trails and roads. Participants get a shirt and finisher’s medal, with special awards given to the top three male and female finishers.
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    Papillion, NE 20 May 2018
    Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk for Mental Health
    This is a nationwide event, a 5k in 50 states in 50 days. This event takes place at Lewis & Clark Landing at 6:30 p.m., and walkers as well as runner are welcomed. This is not a timed race, and there is no awards. Instead, it’s all about spreading awareness and raising funds to those suffering from mental illness.
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    Omaha, NE 24 May 2018
    Memorial March - Through Offutt AFB
    Located at Haworth Park, this 5k benefits the First War On Terror Memorial in American Heroes Park. The race starts at 7 a.m., and the first 200 participants receive a water bottle.
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    Imperial, NE 26 May 2018
    FreedomFest 5K
    Run this 5k in honor of veterans. Proceeds of this event goes to the nonprofit Miles for Heroes, which helps veterans who suffer from PTSD. The event starts at 3 p.m. and includes a bbq and live bands.
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    Scribner, NE 27 May 2018
    Boys Town National Research Hospital Memorial Day Run
    Celebrate Memorial Day by running for a good cause, with proceeds go to the National Research Hospital. The 5k starts at 8:45 a.m., and runners and walkers are welcomed. This is a time chipped event, but overall awards are based on the first male and female to cross the finish line.
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    Boys Town, NE 28 May 2018
    Half Hastings and 5K
    Starting at 8:30 a.m., this 5k starts near Bronco statue at Hastings College Arena and finishes at Hastings College’s Lloyd Wilson Field. Walkers are welcomed, and there is two aid stations on the course. All finishers get a race medal, tank to, and breakfast burrito.
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    Hastings, NE 2 June 2018
    Prairie Plains Fun Run
    This is an unique race that takes runners through the prairie with great views of the Platte River and overall outdoor landscape. The 5k starts at 9 a.m. for runners, but walkers are also welcomed and start right after.
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    Marquette, NE 2 June 2018
    Blazing Trails for Brain Injury
    With limited entries available, this race takes place at Zorinsky Park. Runners and walkers are both welcomed to raise awareness and funding for brain injuries.
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    Omaha, NE 10 June 2018
    Buffalo County Stampede
    With a start time of 7:15 a.m., this 5k course starts at the Trails & Rails Museum, and takes runners through Yanney Park. Awards are given to the top three in each age division.
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    Kearney, NE 10 June 2018
    Earl 'Helge' Byleen Road Race
    Sponsored with Stromsburg’s Swedish Festival, this race includes a pavement course that is flat and fast. This 5k is chip timed and awards are given to the top runners overall and in age groups.
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    Stromsburg, NE 16 June 2018
    Brownville Freedom Run
    Celebrate the 4th of July in an explosive way by run running this popular 5k. Runners from all over the U.S. (and even Canada) come to this event. That’s because of its great course, and an attractive registration fee that costs only $30 for early birds. The face is timed, with all finishers getting a medal. There are also awards for the top winners in age groups.
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    Brownville, NE 4 July 2018
    Sturh Museum Firecracker Fun Run
    This 5k starts at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and is a great way to kick of the holiday, It costs $40 to register, and awards are given to the top three finishers across age groups.
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    Grand Island, NE 4 July 2018
    5K Superhero Run for CASA
    Dress in your best superhero outfit and come run in support of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Participants can run or walk, with the event taking place at 8 a.m. Going a team of five or more members for $5 off registration. There is even a kids run, with little runners getting a free cape.
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    Omaha, NE 7 July 2018
    Head for the Cure 5K Omaha
    Run for Head For The Cure Foundation that raises awareness and funding to fight brain cancer. Participants can run solo or as part of a team, ad walkers are welcomed. There is a kids’s fun run and award ceremony held after the race.
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    Omaha, NE 22 July 2018
    PurpleStride Omaha 5K Run
    Be apart of the largest fundraiser for pancreatic cancer by participating in this event. Choose to run or walk, with the event starting at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies before the race begins. The race is held at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village.
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    Omaha, NE 28 July 2018
    ThunderBOLT Fun Run
    Held during the Alumni Reunion Weekend for Pius X High School, this fun run welcomes all participants, whether they are alumni, students, parents, etc. Proceeds got o a grant for a department or school club or activity.
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    Lincoln, NE 4 August 2018
    Nebraska State Fair Road Races
    This 5k is among the fastest and flattest in the U.S. It starts around the local neighborhood, through the Hike & Bike Trial and ends on the grounds of the Nebraska State Fair. Runners get free entry fee into the fair. Cash prizes are also awarded to the top runners.
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    Grand Island, NE 25 August 2018
    Omaha Wicked Wine Run
    This 5k combines two things: running and wine. Waves of runner are released every few minutes, with participants having an hour tops to finish the race. Afterward enjoy food trucks and more wine, with the top finishers who cross the line also getting awards.
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    Papillion, NE 1 September 2018
    Buffalo Run
    Come out and participant in this run, being held for its 42nd year. The race starts at the top of Pinewood Bowl, and features a challenging course. Awards are given to the top male and female runners, and the top three men and women in age groups takes from a Buffalo Run T-shirt.
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    Lincoln, NE 9 September 2018
    Komen Nebraska Race for the Cure
    This 11th annual Race for the Cure benefits the Susan G. Komen foundation for fundraising for breast cancer research. Dress in pink and come out and run for a good cause.
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    Omaha, NE 7 October 2018
    Camp Fontanelle Halloween Wilderness Run
    Dress up in your best costume to celebrate the start of Halloween with this fun run (or walk)! Medals are awarded the top finishers, with proceeds going the summer camp for financial assistance.
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    Fontanelle, NE 27 October 2018
    Turkey Trot 5K
    Celebrate Thanksgiving with this fun Turkey Trot race presented by North Platte Catholic Schools. It’s held at the North Platte Recreation Center at 8:30 a.m.
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    North Platte, NE 22 November 2018
    Holiday Run
    Get in the holiday spirit with this fun 5k. Located at Pioneers Park, participants can run or walk, and there is only a $25 registration fee. The vent is dedicated to Lincoln’s animals, so bring your dog! Dogs get special snacks, and participants get a special holiday gift.
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    Lincoln, NE 2 December 2018
    Jingle Bell 5k
    Located at the North Platte Recreation Center, this holiday 5k is fun and festive. That means runners are encouraged to come in their best holiday costume, with the best one getting a cash prize.
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    North Platte, NE 8 December 2018

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances researched on Runnerclick, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in Nebraska? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in Lincoln?

    There are many to choose from here as Lincoln is host to many 5k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the Buffalo Run, the Holiday Run, and the THUNDERBOLT Fun Run.

    5Ks in Omaha:

    Some of the most popular 5ks to check out in Omaha are the Komen Race for the Cure, the Purplestride Omaha 5k run, and Blazing Trails for Brain Injury.

     

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    State Farm Run
    Take part of this 20th annual run that starts at State Farm Regional Office at 9 a.m. All runners receive a long sleeve shirt, and the top three runners to place in male and female e categories will get a $100, $75 and $50 gift certificate, as well as prizes for the top three acrid age groups.
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    Lincoln, NE 24 March 2018
    Early Bird 10 Mile Run
    Kick of the spring race season with this exciting event that takes place at Walnut Grove at sunrise—more specifically at 7:30 a.m.. The course includes a circle around Zorinsky lake, and finishes with mimosas and brunch. Participants also get a medal and a race shirt.
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    Omaha, NE 31 March 2018
    Engineers Without Borders Run/Walk
    Held at Chalco Hills, the course for this run/walk surrounds the lake. It starts at 9 a.m. for runners, and registrations includes a pancake breakfast.
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    Omaho, NE 7 April 2018
    Race for GRACE
    This event serves as a fundraiser for GRACE, the Grand Island Area Cancer Endowment non-profit organization, that helps provides support to cancer patens and their families. Participants get a soft spin t-shirt and chase prizes awarded to the top male and female racers.
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    Grand Island, NE 7 April 2018
    Red Brick Run
    This event is in support of the Gretna TeamMates Mentoring Program that provides mentoring for young people to be a positive role model in their lives. The race starts and finishes at the Gretna Elementary School, and is timed by the gun, not chip timed. There is at least one water station along the course, and post race refreshments.
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    Gretna, NE 7 April 2018
    Run For Hope
    This 10k takes place in Pioneer Park, filled with a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, with live music and post-race food. Participants help raise money for kids in India, and are encouraged to have others support the good cause too.
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    Lincoln, NE 7 April 2018
    Sherman Steichen Memorial 5K
    Just $20 for early bird registration, this event takes place at Miller’s Landing and goes in a loop. Participants of this event are allows to be strollers, children and dogs, too come out and have a good time while raising money for Sherman-Steichen Scholarship fund for Pharmacy and Physical Therapy students at Creighton University.
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    Omaha, NE 7 April 2018
    Tabitha 10K
    This is a great event for those training for the Lincoln National Guard Marathon or Half Marathon. It includes challenging course through Holmes Lake Park, and runners must run 12 min mile pace for faster in order to complete it on time. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three men and women finishers.
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    Lincoln, NE 7 April 2018
    OmaHalf 10k
    Even though this race is now sold out, lucky runners might still to able to get in on race day registration if selected. The event starts and ends in Stinson Park, and has a 3 hours and 15 minute cutoff time. Participants get a finisher medal and souvenir hoodie.
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    Omaha, NE 14 April 2018
    Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run
    Take part of this 5k that takes place at Baxter Arena at 9 a.n. in support of the UNO Athletic Department. This is a time chipped event, with medals awarded to the top three runners in each age group.
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    Omaha, NE 21 April 0201
    Hero's Run
    Dress in your best superhero running gear and come out to support Sammy’s Superheroes, a foundation that raises funds for research and treatments for all childhood cancers. All finishers get a meal and shirt, and kids under 10 receive a medal and cape.
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    Omaha, NE 22 April 2018
    Viking Venture Run
    With a start time of 9 a.m., this 5k takes races around the track at Lakeview High School. Strollers are welcomed, with an awards ceremony and refreshments given post-race.
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    Columbus, NE 28 April 2018
    Outrun Addiction - Finish with HOPE
    This timed race is superhero-themed, so come dressed in your best costume. It’s being held at Central Community College, and costs just $20 for adults to register. The vent is to spread awareness about addiction and promote a tobacco free lifestyle, with proceeds going to a scholarship fund at CCC for their Drug and Alcohol Counseling program and prevention services in Hall County.
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    Grand Island, NE 19 May 2018
    Papillion Half Marathon
    With a start time of 7:40 a.m., this 10k starts and finishes at Papillion-La Vista South Stadium, with the course taking them around Papillon throughout scenic trails and roads. Participants get a shirt and finisher’s medal, with special awards given to the top three male and female finishers.
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    Papillion, NE 20 May 2018
    Memorial March - Through Offutt AFB
    Located at Haworth Park, this 10k benefits the First War On Terror Memorial in American Heroes Park. The race starts at 7 a.m., and the first 200 participants receive a water bottle.
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    Imperial, NE 26 May 2018
    Havelock Charity Run
    This is the 40th year this race is being held, so some lucky finishers will get some special prizes. The 10k starts in front of Pinnacle Bank and finishes in Havelock Park. All participants get a prize a shirt, and there is no race day registration.
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    Lincoln, NE 2 June 2018
    Buffalo County Stampede
    With a start time of 7:15 a.m., this 10k starts at the Trails & Rails Museum, and takes runners through Yanney Park. Awards are given to the top three in each age division.
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    Kearney, NE 10 June 2018
    Cornfield Cornfield 10K
    This event is part of the Born & Raced In Nebraska 10K series, and it truly has that hometown Nebraska feel. It includes a costume contest, and post race refreshments like watermelon, sweetcorn and iced cold beer. Awards are given to the top three overall finishers, as well as five year age groups.
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    Papillion, NE 16 June 2018
    Earl 'Helge' Byleen Road Race
    Sponsored with Stromsburg’s Swedish Festival, this race includes a pavement course that is flat and fast. The 10k is chip timed and awards are given to the top runners overall and in age groups.
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    Stromsburg, NE 16 June 2018
    Brownville Freedom Run
    Celebrate the 4th of July in an explosive way by run running this popular 10k. Runners from all over the U.S. (and even Canada) come to this event. That’s because of its great course, and an attractive registration fee that costs only $30 for early birds. The face is timed, with all finishers getting a medal. There are also awards for the top winners in age groups.
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    Brownville, NE 4 July 2018
    Sturh Museum Firecracker Fun Run
    This 10k starts at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, and is a great way to kick of the holiday, It costs $40 to register, and awards are given to the top three finishers across age groups.
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    Grand Island, NE 4 July 2018
    Omaha Corporate Cup
    Fight For Air Corporate Cup, one of the largest corporate road races, brings companies, employees and customers together. Running for the American Lung Association, participants ca choose to run or walk this race. It takes place in Aksarben Village at 8 a.m.
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    Omaha, NE 9 September 2018
    Harvest Moon Hustle
    Run by the light of the moon at this unique and fun 10k trail race. It is extremely popular, so it sells out quickly. The afterparty includes a live band, beer and a BBQ.
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    Elmwood, NE 14 September 2018

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in Nebraska? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in Omaha?

    There are many to choose from here as Omaha is host to many 10k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Hero's Run and the Omaha Corporate Cup.

    10Ks in Lincoln:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets include the Havelock Charity Run and the Tabitha 10k.

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  • Half marathons
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    OmaHalf
    Even though this race is now sold out, lucky runners might still to able to get in on race day registration if selected. The event starts and ends in Stinson Park, and has a 3 hours and 15 minute cutoff time. Participants get a finisher medal and souvenir hoodie.
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    Omaha, NE 14 April 2018
    Sillassen Half Marathon
    Held at Arthur Park, the course includes a single asphalt road with some rolling hills throughout, as well as two big ones. Take the challenge, then celebrate after with food and other festivities.
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    Arthur, NE 14 April 2018
    Double Half Mary +5
    This is a three day event that starts with a 5k on Friday, then a half marathon on both Saturday and Sunday. Participants can sign up for just one half, both, or all three races. The half marathon takes place on a flat course on the Oak Creek Trail. Medals are given for each race completed.
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    Valparaiso, NE 21 April 2018
    Hero's Run
    Dress in your best superhero running gear and come out to support Sammy’s Superheroes, a foundation that raises funds for research and treatments for all childhood cancers. All finishers get a meal and shirt, and kids under 10 receive a medal and cape.
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    Omaha, NE 22 April 2018
    Lincoln Half Marathon
    Starting at 7 a.m. at the University of Nebraska and ending at the yard-ling of Memorial Stadium, this marathon course is relatively flat and fast. There is athlete tracking for family and friends, and results are posted live online.
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    Lincoln, NE 6 May 2018
    Dark Island Trail Half Marathon
    Starting at the Widman Theater, this half marathon course includes views of the Platte River during this beautiful trail run covered in miles of trees. Runners can either do the entire 13.1 miles themselves or split it in half as a team.
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    Central City, NE 19 May 2018
    Papillion Half Marathon
    With a start time of 7:30 a.m., this half starts and finishes at Papillion-La Vista South Stadium, with the course taking them around Papillon throughout scenic trails and roads. Participants get a shirt and finisher’s medal, with special awards given to the top three male and female finishers.
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    Papillion, NE 20 May 2018
    Memorial March - Through Offutt AFB
    Located at Haworth Park, this half marathon benefits the First War On Terror Memorial in American Heroes Park. The race starts at 7 a.m., but actually is 13.4 miles. finishers revise a medal and shirt, and the first 200 participants receive a water bottle.
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    Imperial, NE 26 May 2018
    Half Hastings and 5K
    Starting at 7:30 a.m., this half marathon starts at Hastings Middle School and finishes at Hastings College’s Lloyd Wilson Field. There is a 4 1/2 cutoff time, but walkers are allowed. Air stations are stocked with water, sports drinks and portable toilets, with a total of six aid stations all together. All finishers get a race medal, tank to, and breakfast burrito.
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    Hastings, NE 2 June 2018
    Sandhills Half Marathon
    Starting at 8 a.m., this half marathon takes place at 1 Brownlee Road. The course features a one-lane blacktop road in Nebraska Sandhills.
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    Valentine, NE 2 June 2018
    Buffalo County Stampede
    With a start time of 7 a.m., this half marathon starts at the Trails & Rails Museum, and takes runners through Yanney Park. Awards are given to the top three in each age division, and all finishers receive a medal.
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    Kearney, NE 10 June 2018
    Laugh and a Half Marathon
    Take in the views of the Elkhart River while running though the Cowboy Trail. This race is all about promoting wellness, and having fun while running while celebrating Nebraska native, Johnny Carson. Post race activities include free pancakes and beer. There is also 10k and 5k options for those not ready for a half.
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    Norfolk, NE 16 June 2018
    Wild West ‘O'
    Giddy up, cowboy at this Wild West-themed half marathon. Registration costs $60, and ends on June 11. This event takes place at Zorinsky Lake Park, and there is also 10k and 5k options.
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    Omaho, NE 23 June 2018
    Brownville Freedom Run
    Celebrate the 4th of July in an explosive way by run running half marathon. Runners from all over the U.S. (and even Canada) come to this event. That’s because of its great course, and an attractive registration fee that costs only $30 for early birds. The face is timed, with all finishers getting a medal. There are also awards for the top winners in age groups.
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    Brownville, NE 4 July 2018
    Prairie Series Day 5
    This is the fifth day of a save day series that spans across neighboring states. The race begins at 5:30 a.m., with the course including a multi-loop setup. This means there is one giant aid station. All finishers receive a metal for each day, as well as a special medal for those who complete the entire series, with there also being 5k, 10k, and full marathon options.
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    South Sioux City, NE 12 July 2018
    Beat the Heat
    Located at Keystone Trail, this course is flat and fast, perfect for a half marathon PR. Finishers get a medal and a dri-fit shirt, and those who also ran last year get a special additional medal. Those not ready yet for this distance can sign up for the 10k or 5k.
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    Bellevue, NE 11 August 2018
    Nebraska State Fair Road Races
    This half marathon is among the fastest and flattest in the U.S. It starts around the local neighborhood, through the Hike & Bike Trial and ends on the grounds of the Nebraska State Fair. It is a Boston qualifier, with a 6 hour course limit. Runners receive a medal and tech shirt, as well as entry fee into the fair. Cash prizes are also awarded to the top runners.
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    Grand Island, NE 25 August 2018
    Center of the Nation Series - Day 5
    This is the fifth day of a six day running series. It takes place at at Chadron State Park, there is no time limit, and all finishers are awarded with a medal. Those who finish all the races in this series receive a special medal.
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    Chardon, NE 14 September 2018
    Run Bohemian Alps Endurance Runs Half Marathon
    This half marathon starts and finishes in City Park, with a start time of 9:30 a.m. It includes a scenic and hilly loop that is done on gravel and dirt roads. Proceeds got to the East Butler Closeup Program.
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    Brained, NE 6 October 2018
    Fall Double Half Mary +5 - Day 1
    This is a double running event, with two days of half marathons. Participants can run one event, or both. Each event takes place on a flat trail course with great scenery. Finishers get a medal, and an additional one for each race completed.
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    Valparaiso, NE 13 October 2018
    Fall Double Half Mary +5 - Day 2
    This is a double running event, with two days of half marathons. Participants can run one event, or both. Each event takes place on a flat trail course with great scenery. Finishers get a medal, and an additional one for each race completed.
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    Valparaiso, NE 14 October 2018
    Good Life Halfsy
    This is another popular event, with 6,500 runners taking part of this half marathon. Registration opens April 6 at 10 a.m., so be sure to sign up before its sold out. The course is scenic and downhill, perfect for a PR.
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    Lincoln, NE 28 October 2018
    Feast and Feathers Trail Races
    Work up your Thanksgiving appetite with this trail half marathon. It takes place on Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at Glenn Cunningham Lake. Participants are suggested to bring 5 canned food items in exchange for parking.
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    Omaha, NE 22 November 2018

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Nebraska? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in Lincoln?

    There are many to choose from in Lincoln as it is host to many Half Marathon races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Good Life Halfsy and the Lincoln Half Marathon.

    Half Marathons in Omaha:

    Some of the most popular half marathons in Omaha include the Feast and Feathers Trail Races, the Wild West "O," and the Hero's Run.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Lincoln Marathon
    Starting at 7 a.m. at the University of Nebraska and ending at the yard-ling of Memorial Stadium, this marathon course is relatively flat and fast. There is athlete tracking for family and friends, and results are posted live online.
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    Lincoln, NE 6 May 2018
    Sandhills Marathon
    Starting at 6 a.m., this marathon takes place at 1 Brownlee Road. The course features a one-lane blacktop road in Nebraska Sandhills.
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    Valentine, NE 2 June 2018
    Prairie Series Day 5
    This is the fifth day of a save day series that spans across neighboring states. The race begins at 5:30 a.m., with the course including a multi-loop setup. This means there is one giant aid station. All finishers receive a metal for each day, as well as a special medal for those who complete the entire series, with there also being 5k, 10k, and half marathon options.
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    South Sioux City, NE 12 July 2018
    Logan View Raider Run
    This marathon is a challenging event, so expect lots of hills. The course takes runners through the Elkhart and Logan Valley. This is a small town race that is well organized and has everything expected like aid stations and post race food.
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    Hooper, NE 18 August 2018
    Nebraska State Fair Road Races
    This marathon is among the fastest and flattest in the U.S. It starts around the local neighborhood, through the Hike & Bike Trial and ends on the grounds of the Nebraska State Fair. It is a Boston qualifier, with a 6 hour course limit. Runners receive a medal and tech shirt, as well as entry fee into the fair. Cash prizes are also awarded to the top runners.
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    Grand Island, NE 25 August 2018
    Center of the Nation Series - Day 5
    This is the fifth day of a six day running series. It takes place at at Chadron State Park, there is no time limit, and all finishers are awarded with a medal. Those who finish all the races in this series receive a special medal.
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    Chardon, NE 14 September 2018
    Omaha Marathon
    This is one of the most sought after marathons on middle American. It is a Boston qualifier, and starts at TD Ameritrade Park at 7 a.m. There is aid stations every two miles or less, and half marathon, 10k and 5k options for those not ready for the full.
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    Omaha, NE 9 September 2018
    Heartland Marathon
    With the motto of “presented by runners, for runner,” this marathon is a great locally owned event that benefit the local running community. Participants can run solo or as part of a relay team. There is also half marathon, 10k and 5k options for those not ready for the full.
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    Omaha, NE 23 September 2018
    Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon
    This is another great race, allowing runners to enjoy a scenic course to experience Nebraska like you’ve never seen it. This is why its a great option for those 50 States runners.
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    Scottsbluff, NE 29 September 2018
    Chris Jarvis Autumn River Run Marathon
    This marathon takes runners through the North Platte trail system, is scenic includes running through wooded areas alongside the South Platte River. The event starts at 7:30 a.m., and finishers get a custom medal and long sleeve performance tee. There is half marathon and 5k options.
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    North Platte, NE 7 October 2018
    Nebraska Marathon
    This is one scenic race, taking runners from Midtown to Dowtown, passing famous landmarks along the way. It is a USATF certified course and a Boston qualifier. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. and finishes at Lewis & Clark Landing.
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    Omaha, NE 14 October 2018
    Oregon Trail Run of Nebraska
    This race includes running on the Oregon Trial, California Trial and thePony Express. It then takes runners down the Little Blue River valley and along gentle rolling hills. The event starts at 8 a.m., and there is a half marathon option.
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    Hebron, NE 20 October 2018

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and most long distance runners subscribe to this distance.  In 2018 there are currently more than 800 running events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Nebraska? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is. Many runners also expressed interest in the "goodies" and sponsorship gifts at the finishline. This can vary from running shoes to resistance bands, headphones and much more.

    What are the best Marathons in Omaha?

    There are many to choose from in Omaha as the city is host to many Marathon races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Omaha Marathon and the Heartland Marathon.

    Marathons in Lincoln:

    The most popular marathon in the Lincoln area is the Lincoln Marathon.

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  • Ultra Races
    Name City Date Website
    Standing Bear Ultra
    Held at Chautaqua Park, this 50k ultra has a cutoff time of 8 hours (although this is flexible). There is three mandatory check in points on this course and aid stations along the route.
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    Beatrice, NE 31 March 2018
    Cowboy Ultra
    This ultra consist of a four person relay for a total of 105 miles, but there is an option to also to the 54 miles trail run. Runners can switch off at anytime along the course. Those running the 105 mile run have a 26 hour cutoff. Finishers get a medal, shirt, hat and refreshments.
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    Valentine, NE 12 May 2018
    Logan View Raider Run
    This 50k is a challenging event, so expect lots of hills. The course takes runners through the Elkhart and Logan Valley. This is a small town race that is well organized and has everything expected like aid stations and post race food.
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    Hooper, NE 18 August 2018
    Bohemian Alps Endurance Runs
    This is the second annual ultra marathon that includes a course of rolling hills, dirt and gravel roads through Butler and Sauders counties. It is a challenging course, but there is plenty of aid stations along the way, with no time limit. Medals, shirts and post-race food and drink are provided for finishers.
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    Braiard, NE 8 September 2018
    Market to Market Relay - Nebraska
    This 76 mile relay is the largest day-long running relate race There is 19 exchange points throughout the race, taking runners from Omaha to Lincoln. This includes trails, paved roads and gravel roads. Dress in your best costume and enjoy a post-race party presented by Pepsi.
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    Omaha, NE 6 October 2018
    G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs
    Starting at Glenn Cunningham Lake, this race includes mostly trails and some roads. It consists of 10.5 mile loops, with two fully stocked aid stations. It is limited to 500 runners, and there is 50k, 21 mile and 10.5 mile options.
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    Omaha, NE 21 October 2018
  • Other Races to Consider
    Name City Date Website
    Jiggle Butt Run
    This event is for women and children, a lighthearted run or walk where its encouraged to jiggle the way around Pawnee City. The event starts and finishes at the SchillingBridge Winery and MicroBrewery, so enough good food and drinks post-race. The proceeds go to the Pawnee County Medical Foundation.
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    Pawnee City, NE 7 April 2018
    Inflatable Run Omaha
    This run run/walk features inflatable obstacles along its course located at Werner Park. This is a family-friendly event with lots of activities and live entertainment.
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    Papillion, NE 2 June 2018
    Big Red Challenge
    This obstacle course race can either be run as a 5k or 10k. The event is signed by the Marine Corps League, so be ready to to be challenged. It takes place at 9.m. at The Railyard, with obstacles including the “Tarzan” and “Berlin Wall.”
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    Lincoln, NE 9 June 2018
    5K The Hard Way
    Get ready to get dirty at this run mud run. It is a hardcore race that includes trails through canyons, creek beds, ravines and more, with obstacles like climbing walls and balance beams along the way. There is a post race party with music and a beer garden.
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    Fremont, NE 23 June 2018
    Color Vibe 5k
    Join the countless other who come out to get blasted with color. This fun run is best done with a group of friends. Enjoy the post-race after party upon finishing.
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    Lincoln, NE 23 June 2018
    Terrain Race - Omaha
    This obstacle race has runners crawling over and going through mud, with a total of 20 different obstacles. It’s held at Bellevue Berry and Pumpkin Patch. Finishers get a medal and shirt.
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    Omaha, NE 18 August 2018
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