This was my first time running Omaha. This was also the first year that the Omaha Marathon was put on by HITS Endurance. The route was brand new for 2013, and was labeled fast and flat. In prior years, the Omaha course was infamous for being hilly. This year the course started and finished at the TD Ameritrade Ballpark. Runners actually ran the outfield on the last maybe half mile to loop back out of the park to the finish line on the street.
My thoughts on the event. Um, pricey. Maybe not worth the $$. I don't know, of course every race is worth it, especially PRs. But this half (I signed up late too) was $85. Plus the processing fee at the checkout put this in the $90 price range. For a HALF. In the past the race wasn't as expensive. They plan to grow this race over the next few years. I think they have several kinks to work out before this can happen. And they should look at the price... So for the price, you didn't even get a packet bag. Just your shirt and bib. I was really bummed, my shirt was hella small. They offered both men's and women's sizes... oops. Pasta dinner I believe was extra... (not positive) Parking was not free. There were some major issues at the starting line as well, getting everyone lined up.
ANYWHO, onto MY race! I lined up with a 1:45 pacer. I ended up ahead of him the whole race. I decided to make sure I went with my pace once I got in the groove. I felt great, took a GU at 7.5 only because I made myself. I carried my beloved hand held Nathan shot bottle this race. I missed it dearly in Sioux Falls when I went without it. I didn't stop at any aid stations, which helped my pace, as I always have to stop to drink my water out of the cup, otherwise it's on my shirt and not in my mouth.
|Heading to the starting line!|
|Waving to Mom in the stands!|
|Posing with my awesome glass finisher's medal!|