Marathon Competitors, Come Forward

April 28, 2011 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

OK Lincoln Marathon and Half-Marathon competitors, it’s time to make yourselves known. I would love to cheer you on but I need to know who I’m looking for. Which of you are participating this year, and how might I recognize you? I know Fletch is running the half, with a goal time somewhere between 1 and 3 hours (I made that up). My mother is walking the half, trying to keep up with last year’s zippy 13:30 pace.

As per my annual tradition I will cheer on the runners while eating a donut outside Lamar’s at 48th and Pioneers. Yeah, I’m an ornery son of a gun.

I just received an email from my mom with this nifty bit of information. Spectators can track participants using this website. Enter in a bib number or name and you can see an estimate of where they are on the course, based on their times at these waypoints:

  • 5K (Sheridan Blvd & Lake St)
  • 10K (48th & Hwy 2 on bike path)
  • 15K (20th & Pawnee St)
  • Half (on Salt Creek Roadway just west of 14th St)
  • 25K (27th & Capital Parkway)
  • 20-Mile (Holmes Lake Park)

In related news, I’m getting closer to deciding to run in next year’s half-marathon. It’s a year away so a lot can change, but it sure sounds like a fun challenge right now. My body isn’t exactly built for distance—I’ve always been a 400m - 800m guy—but I’ve had some fun on long runs lately. I even ran 15K on Sunday, my farthest run ever. I’m telling y’all this because maybe that will help me to actually follow through with it.

As for this year’s race, good luck to all the competitors and remember to have fun. To the spectators, come out in droves. And to the drivers ... have patience, and for goodness sake please turn off your engine while you’re stuck for an hour. No sense wasting all that gas.

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Fletch April 28, 2011 at 5:02pm

You bet I am in this year! Last year I missed the registration by about 2 hours. I’m scared as heck - hoping for a time around 1:50 or so. I don’t know how long it will take me to hit the starting mat - I plan to line up with the “8-9 minute” crowd.

Nikkidemas April 28, 2011 at 7:41pm

I will be among the crazies at mile 18/21 cheering on the full marathoners.  We may or may not have donuts…

CS April 29, 2011 at 2:04pm

Ive got some shuffle cadence from my Army days recorded somewhere. Interested? Good luck!

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