Lincoln Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, May 4, 2025 • Lincoln, NE • Course Map

More than 10,000 runners converge on Nebraska’s capital city each year for the annual late spring running of the Lincoln Marathon & Half Marathon, which marks its 45th 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 4), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 71ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM

Course Time Limit

6 hours, 30 minutes — the course officially closes at 1:30 PM


  • $80 and up for the half marathon
  • $100 and up for the full marathon
  • prices subject to increase as race day approaches


To reserve your spot in the 2025 running of Nebraska’s Lincoln National Guard Marathon or Half Marathon race, visit the event website below.

Official Race Website


Ever run in the Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments below.

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4 comments… add one
  • Blayke Pillen January 6, 2018, 10:13 pm

    I love running, I may not be fast at it but I love running.

  • John Beckenhauer November 28, 2017, 1:45 pm

    How long does it usually take to sell out?

  • Teresa A Renken December 30, 2015, 2:05 pm

    Cannot get on the website yet – how much is the 1/2 marathon this year? I cannot locate that information.

  • Megan Cargill April 16, 2015, 12:29 pm

    was wondering if a friend can no longer run …Can she substitute another runner??
    If so how does that work??


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