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Nebraska > Bill Seymour Half Marathon & 5K
Grand Island, NE  •  Saturday, September 3, 2011  •  Course Map

A late summer fixture on the local outdoor events calendar here in this small central Nebraska city, which counts legendary actor Henry Fonda among its local residents who've achieved fame and fortune, the Grand Island YMCA's Bill Seymour Half Marathon race featured an all-new course for its September 2010 running, along an out-and-back route that starts and finishes at the city's Super Bowl Family Fun Center on Bismark Road, the course that will also be used for the race's 2011 running.

The race -- which also includes a 5K for runners -- is open to both runners and walkers, and follows a roughly 6.55-mile route from the Super Bowl Center along the edges of downtown Grand Island, and along portions of the paved biking, running and walking trails that wind their way southwest from the city toward the campus of Nebraska's Central Community College and the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, located just south of town.

Runners pass through Grand Island's Pier Lake Park in the race's early going before heading out onto the biking and running trails, as well as past the city's softball fields just off Phoenix Avenue, and Sothman Park as runners are approaching the Central Community College campus. The route then follows along the edges of the grounds of the Stuhr Museum, home to a number of "living history" exhibits that bring the prairie life of this part of the country from long ago to life.

Once runners hit the half-way turn-around point near the southeastern corner of the museum grounds, they then head back and retrace their steps along the route they've just run, all the way back to the Super Bowl Family Center for the race finish. The event is limited to 1,000 entrants, and both runners and walkers will need to finish the race's 13.1 miles within the three-hour time limit.

The race starting time is scheduled for 7:00 AM for the half marathon, followed by the 5K run at 7:20 AM.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in central southern Nebraska along the winding North Platte River that criss-crosses the state, roughly 100 miles west of Lincoln and just under 150 miles west of Omaha, the city of Grand Island typically experiences mild to moderately warm weather conditions in the late summer, and drier weather in September than in the preceding summer months. In September, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 77°F and 52°F -- on Sept. 3, the average high is 81°F and the average low is 57°F -- while rainfall totals average just over 2.4 inches for the month.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Bill Seymour Half Marathon


$35 for the half marathon, if registered by July 31, 2011
$40 after July 31


To reserve your spot in the late summer 2011 running of the Grand Island's Bill Seymour Half Marathon or 5K race, print out and mail in the registration form availble at the event website.

Official Race Website


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