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The Thrill of the Race

How did Dr. Seuss phrase it? “We run for fun in the hot, hot sun.” – and, we might add, the warmth of spring and the crisp of fall…

We do like to lace up our shoes, pin on our numbers and hit the streets or the trails. Races of varying distance, supporting an array of charities, abound year-round – from the vibrant Color Run in July and Diva Dash & Lil Princess Fun Run in August to the perennially-packed Fight for Air Corporate Cup 10K and Superhero Heart Run in September, and Omaha Turkey Trot 5K in November.

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For those looking to up the endurance ante, the Omaha, Heartland, and Nebraska Marathons offer separate 26.2 mile “tours” of the city over the course of three September Sundays: Sept. 15, 22 and 29 respectively.

Prefer to think of running as a team sport? Gather your crew – running friends and/or SAG support – and sign-up for Nebraska’s Market to Market Relay, the largest day-long running relay race in the nation. It’s held in mid-October – a scenic, 76-mile challenge that takes six-, seven- or eight-person teams from Omaha to Lincoln on a mix of bike trails, paved and gravel roads. Each runner tackles roughly three stages, which range from 3 to 6 miles each.

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If your athletic tastes run more toward riding, you can saddle up in August for the Corporate Cycling Challenge, Nebraska’s largest one-day bicycling event and a fundraiser for Eastern Nebraska Trails Network, a nonprofit dedicated to building and improving bike trails in Greater Omaha and eastern Nebraska.

Maybe you’d rather try a bit everything? We have the tri (swim, bike, run) for you:

  • Wonder Girls Triathlon (June)
  • Omaha Women’s Triathlon (June)
  • Flanagan Lake Sprint Triathlon (June)
  • Omaha Triathlon (July)
  • Omaha Kids Triathlon (July)
  • Black Squirrel Triathlon (August)

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