Omaha Half Marathon Race Review

I’m currently in the Omaha airport waiting to get to Cleveland by way of Chicago.  Our first flight’s coming from Denver and is running late, and I’m hoping I make it to Chicago with enough time to hit my connecting flight (luckily the arrival gate and my departing gate in Chicago are next to each other, but still).  So here’s a brief recap of state #20 or #21 (I’ll have to double check)

I flew in from Cleveland Friday night. Stayed at a hotel about 3/4 of a mile from the start, but they had a free shuttle too and from the airport.  Through the marathon, I only paid $114, not bad considering the room was really nice.  Fun fact, the hotel used to be a bank!  I can’t complain about free breakfasts either.

The Expo: Saturday 11-7 and Sunday throughout the day (bib pick up closed 30 min prior to each race so for the half, it stopped at 630). Not a whole lot of vendors. On Saturday, the line was ridiculous early in the day and they didn’t make it clear that if you didn’t check for your bib number on your smart phone, you had to pass the line to get to the bib numbers and come back to the ridiculous line. There wasn’t much of a line later in the day when this girl had to go back for safety pins. Also, if you were running more than one race (like I ended up doing), they didn’t make it easy to get both bibs on Saturday and the volunteers were walking all over each other.

Pasta Dinner: free if you pre registered before like 9/16. Decent food and all you can eat pasta. Can’t complain about a free meal! Speakers and music.  Only stayed for about 40 minutes in order to make it to 5 pm mass.  We were in and out in 30 minutes, for which I can’t complain

The shirts: long sleeve tech shirts, but the same shirt for everything (Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1 miler).

The course: the first 2 miles had some hills (but at least you went down them on the way back). Relatively flat with occasional hills throughout the course. Water every 1-1.5 miles. They had some flavored water shenanigans- when you say water, I’m thinking straight up water, not flavored stuff. Don’t miss out on the ‘drummers’ around mile 1- using trash cans and lids, it was awesome! The course is out and back so you know what to expect on the way back; only downside was about 5.5 miles in, the roads narrowed and it got hard to work around those coming back.  Decent course opening times if you want to walk the sucker, but apparently things were getting closed up early according to some people who were back of the pack.  Seriously Omaha, don’t say one thing and do another

The Finish: ends in TD stadium, you go all the freaking way around the field. I just want to enter and be done. Chocolate milk was there, bananas, bagels, oranges, water and BBQ. Really congested though at some points.

The Medal: decent size and the 1/2 and Full marathon medal blinks!

Decent race, but something really needs to be done to make packet pick up easier. Since the races are staggered (1/2 and Full start at 7, the 5K at noon and the 10K at 1), they’re really missing out on a marketing opportunity. I did the 1/2 and the 5K and i know others who did the 1/2, 5K and 10K, so that’s something to consider in the future.  Ran it in order to get NE off my states list, but don’t know that I’ll be back.  Sounds like it’s been on the down hill.  Tomorrow’s blog?  The 5K, of which I still don’t have my race results for and it was chip timed!

Advertisements

About drrunner
6 time marathoner, 40 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. New title of BibRave Pro member so watch for discounts and products! Do what you love and love what you do!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

50 in 50 Marathon Quest

A fun look at life and running in the Pacific Northwest and my journey to run a marathon in every State.

Daddy, Did You Win?

Juggling being a husband, a father, work, and running

franklyrunning

Follow my journey in running, hiking, biking, and the outdoors!

Out Running

outrunning our goals together

athlettuce

Running the 50 States Plus Home Sweet DC

Run Away With Me

My outdoor adventures in the Last Frontier

Angie Runs

3.1 - 6.2 - 13.1 - 26.2 - 50k

for the love of nike

for the love of nike

The Fit Wanderer.

forever wandering

Kara Runs

Wellness. Happiness. Balance. Motivation. Encouragement.

Keny'inz 2012

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Matthew 5:6

the fight and flight response

running through the wall, one goal at a time

Simple Speedy Snacks

Recipes and stories about snacking

bearrunner

Just another WordPress.com site

Fear The Hat

Because I don't just report the news...No, actually, that's it. I just report sports news.

Run The Long Road

hard work, determination, and a little luck...

f my injury [dot] com

Screw being hurt. It's time to get healthy.

%d bloggers like this: