by Amy Petersen
Have you ever wondered why the first Sunday of every May it is incredibly hard to drive anywhere in Lincoln without being delayed by an enormous amount of runners? If you have, you know where this is going. If you haven't....I probably just jinxed you and you'll find out tomorrow (you are welcome). Tomorrow marks another year of the Lincoln Marathon, and if you have never experienced this event, you should come out and join the fun tomorrow morning.
This Sunday thousands of feet will pound the pavement of Lincoln’s streets.The 37th Annual Lincoln Marathon will commence at 7am on May 4 at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln City Campus. The course spans all across Lincoln, beginning at 16th and K and ending at Memorial Stadium.
While the course is clearly marked, here are some fun landmarks of Lincoln for the strolling spectator to enjoy along the way:
The State Capitol
South Street (grab a cup of coffee at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso as you cheer the first round of runners on!)
Lincoln Country Club
Union College (grab the second round of coffee from The Mill across the street)
The number of entrants totals 12,500, and that doesn’t even account for all the spectators who will be cheering them on. (Fun fact for your weekend: The marathon usually sells out within hours on opening entry day.) Every year hundreds of friends, family and volunteers create an atmosphere of camaraderie that help inspire the runners to race over 26 miles, or 13 miles for the half marathon runners.
For more detailed information about the schedule, awards, and even the weather, visit the website!
Photo Credit: Stuart Grout