Monday, June 1, 2020 – Sunday, June 14, 2020 • Kearney, NE • Course Map
Note: The 2020 event is a virtual race and accepting new registrants. Registration details are included below.
This small central southern Nebraska city — which proclaimed itself the “sandhill crane capital of the world” in 2010 thanks to the more than 500,000 sandhill crane birds that converge here in the early spring as a pitstop on their annual migration northward — plays host to the 13th annual running this year of its Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon.
Sponsored by Kearney’s Buffalo County Historical Society, the race saw just over 170 runners cross the finish line at its 2014 running, which unfolds along the paved, eight-foot-wide pathways of the city’s Kearney Hike & Bike Trail, a 17-mile-long system of trails that wind through the city and the Platte River Valley area all around.
Runners start the loop course for the race in front of the offices of the historical society, at 710 West 11th Street, which also lies near the city’s Rails & Trails Museum.
From there, runners head west toward Yanney Heritage Park, an 80-acre park on the southwest section of the city that’s been transformed from a cornfield into a park complete with an amphitheater, gardens, children’s playground areas and a lake and wetlands preserve.
Once runners reach the park, they then turn onto the Hike & Bike Trail and head south toward the Platte River.
Runners continue on the trail as it winds along the riverbank, heading eastward with the winding river for just under two miles before turning around and heading into downtown Kearney all the way back to the finish line along West Street in front of the Rails & Trails Museum. This being Nebraska, the terrain is largely flat and paved for the entire route.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the northern bank of the Platte River that winds through the southern half of the state next to Interstate 80, just over 180 miles southwest of Omaha, Kearney typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in June, when record temperatures here have fallen as low as 35°F (in 1935) and risen as high as 108°F (in 1988).
On race day (June 14), the average low is 57ºF and the average high is 80ºF.
- 2019 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – half marathon
- 7:15 AM – 5K, 10K
- $40 – $50 for the half marathon
- $20 – $30 for the 10K
- $15 – $25 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 virtual running of Kearney’s Buffalo County Stampede Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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