Lincolnites Ready to Run Around

April 27, 2010 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

The Lincoln Marathon is Sunday morning. If you’ve lived in Lincoln for a while you know what that means. If not, here’s all you need to know: have patience. A substantial chunk of Downtown and south Lincoln will be all but inaccessible Sunday morning as thousands of athletes and athletes-for-the-day make their way around the 13.1 or 26.2 mile course. Check out the course map and plan accordingly. Some streets—particularly those in the first half of the course—are completely uncrossable for an hour or so once the first runners arrive, and intermittently crossable after that. There will be 8,000 participants, after all. It takes a while for that many bodies to go past.

My mom is walking the half marathon for the first time. It should be fun for her, and it will be fun for Robbie and my niece and nephew as they cheer her on. My annual tradition is to walk up the street to Lamar’s, grab a donut and a milk, and sit on the curb to watch everybody go by. Look for me near 48th and Pioneers if you’re in the neighborhood.

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Fletch April 27, 2010 at 2:12pm

Sounds like a plan. I’m bummed about this race - I trained for a long time to prepare, and waited a couple of hours too long (who’d have thought it would sell out on March 31, earlier than ever before, after adding 1500 runners) and I didn’t make the 8,000 cut. Now I’m going to nurse a plantar injury and look for another half that I can run close by.

Good luck to any of you taking part!

Mr. Wilson April 27, 2010 at 2:24pm

The popularity of the Lincoln Marathon is incredible. Great for the race, but frustrating for people like you who train but don’t get in. That’s one reason I haven’t signed up for the half; I’ll go run the trails on my own and leave the spot for somebody who’s really passionate about the race.

JT April 27, 2010 at 2:29pm

I take a lot of joy in rolling out of bed with a smidge of a hangover, walking half a block to 20th, and watching the runners after they’ve climbed the big hill between HWY 2 and Calvert.

Nikkidemas April 27, 2010 at 2:30pm

I’ll be at 35th & Sheridan to cheer on the halfers, & later cheering the full marathoners on from my driveway.

Fletch April 27, 2010 at 8:04pm

I thought about jumping into the crowd and running as a phantom or pirate or whatever they are called, but I figure they are cracking down on that - especially crossing the finish inside the stadium.

Instead, I may hit the trails and just try to run 13.1 miles to say that I did it.

Mr. Wilson April 27, 2010 at 8:49pm

Hey Fletch, I have put up a potential course for you. What do you think? grin

Swid April 27, 2010 at 11:03pm

I’m making my (triumphant? Sure, I’ll go with that) return to Lincoln this weekend to run the half for the second time (well, for the first time “officially”).

Of course, that doesn’t mean a whole lot to all of you unless I think of something distinctive to wear while running…

Nikkidemas May 1, 2010 at 9:08pm

Did you run in costume before?  What did you wear?

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