Sunday, May 1, 2016 • Lincoln, NE • Course Map
More than 9,000 runners converge on Nebraska’s capital city each year for the annual late spring running of the Lincoln National Guard Marathon & Half Marathon, which marks its 39th annual running this year and is organized by the locally based Lincoln Track Club.
Seeing as the race unfolds along a course in the northern Plains region of the country, runners can expect plenty of fast and flat terrain, with only gently rolling hills and very gradual inclines and descents.
Runners start the race at 14th and Vine Street, and from there they’ll make their way along a course that includes a few small uphills around the 3-, 5- and 9-mile markers. Both the half and full marathon courses are run entirely on the paved city streets of downtown Lincoln.
Both races start at the campus of University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and follow a course that takes runners past the Nebraska State Capitol building, Union College and the Lincoln City-County Building, including travel along Sheridan Boulevard and the Highway 2 Bicycle Path.
After the stretch that runs along Stadium Drive as runners are approaching Memorial Stadium, the home of the Cornhuskers football team, half-marathoners then turn back toward the finish line on the 50-yard line at the stadium, while participants in the full marathon continue on past sight such as the Folsom Children’s Zoo and Antelope Park.
In recent years, the event’s half marathon race has been selected by the state’s chapter of the United States Track and Field Association as their Nebraska half-marathon championship event, with over $2,000 in prize money to be awarded to the top male and female runners.
Race Weather & Climate
Located just south of Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska, roughly 50 miles southwest of Omaha, Lincoln typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 28 degrees (in 1994) and as high as 100 degrees (in 1967).
On race day (May 1), the average low is 45ºF and the average high is 69ºF.
- 2015 Lincoln Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Lincoln Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Lincoln Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Lincoln Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Lincoln Half Marathon Results
- 6:45 AM – wheelchair competitors
- 7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon runners’ start
Course Time Limit
6 hours, 30 minutes — the course officially closes at 1:30 PM
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Nebraska’s Lincoln National Guard Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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