Saturday, June 3, 2023 • Hastings, NE • Course Map
Get ready to run a flat, fast 13.1 miles through the city where Kool-Aid was invented back in 1927 — which is celebrated each year with the Kool-Aid Days festival in August — at the Half Hastings race, which offers a half marathon, 5K and a Making Strides for Cancer Walk, through a combination of city streets, downtown districts, city parks and the campus of Hastings College.
Start at Hastings Middle School. Runners — and walkers, the race is open to both — in the half marathon will follow a point-to-point route that starts at Hastings Middle School, while those running the 5K will follow an out-and-back loop route that starts and finishes where all participants cross the finish line, inside Lloyd Winston Field on the campus of Hastings College.
Once you leave the starting line on North Marian Road, you’ll making a winding route along city streets as well as past and through city parks like Brickyard Park, Chatauqua Park and Libs Park, followed by a stretch that takes you around the edges of Hastings High School, and then to Lake Hastings Park, where you’ll run along the shore of Lake Hastings for a brief stretch.
The second half of the 13.1-mile race brings you south after that, toward Parkview Cemetery and Heartwell Park, which you’ll run along the edges of as you make your way along Lakeside Drive.
Finish at Hastings College. There’s a final looping stretch down the East Side Pedestrian Walkway and along 5th and 1st Streets before heading back up to Heartwell Park, and then finally into the Hastings College campus, where you’ll run inside Lloyd Winston Field to finish your race.
Throughout the race, you can expect paved surfaces, as nearly all of the course unfolds along city streets and paved trails through the city parks mentioned above. There is very little elevation change, so the race is flat throughout.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central southern Nebraska, just over 100 miles west of Lincoln and roughly 160 miles southwest of Omaha, Hastings typically sees its third-warmest month of the year in June, when temperatures here average between the low 60s and the mid-80s, and the number of rainy days averages about 7 during the month.
- June 3 average low temp: 59°F
- June 3 average high temp: 77°F
- 2022 Results
- 2019 Half Hastings Half Marathon results
- 2018 Half Hastings Half Marathon results
- 2017 Half Hastings Half Marathon results
- 2016 Half Hastings Half Marathon results
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 8:30 AM – 5K
- 10:30 AM – Cancer Walk
Course Time Limit
- $45 and up – half marathon
- $25 and up – 5K
- $25 and up – Cancer Walk
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Half Hastings Half Marahton, 5K or Cancer Walk, register online at GetMeRegistered.com here.
Official Race Website
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