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!


About drrunner
8 time marathoner, 65 ish time 1/2 marathoner with a bucket list item to hit all 50 states. BibRave Pro, Doctor and a mix of insanity

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