I started this 50 state journey July 2010. My first half marathon was the San Fransisco Half running across the Golden State bridge. Talk about go big or stay home – those killer hills. LOL
Well my goal is to complete all 50states by 50 (2022). Omaha Marathon & Half Marathon made state 41. I have two more half marathons planned for this year (AR and ID).
About this race:
- The flight from Atlanta is a little under two hours. Its a direct flight on Delta
- The ride from the airport to city center is about 7 minutes.
- Packet pickup was quick and easy. The location was at the race start – Omaha Ameritrate Park baseball stadium
- Everything in town is close so you do not need a car. If you don’t feel like walking, LYFT and Uber rides are cheap.
- There are so many hotels across or near the stadium to chose from. I stayed at the Holiday Inn across the street
- The race started on time which is always a plus
- The race was fully staffed with volunteers for cheering, water, fruit, etc
- The route was scenic. It had some inclines but nothing note worthy
The only negative about the race was the temperature which can not be controlled. The race director made sure to have hydration stations every 2-3 miles.
I arrived around noon on Saturday and my flight departed around 7PM on Sunday (race date – September 15, 2019). With the free time I did a little touring of the city. I started at the visitor center to map out what I planned on seeing. The ladies in the office were very helpful. I walked away with a bag full of goodies and suggestions for the weekend.
Saturday: (1) Lunch in the Old Market. (2) Visit to the First National’s Spirit of Nebraska’s Wilderness & Pioneer Courage Park. This is a sculpture park made of larger than life-like bronze and steel sculptures depicting our pioneers on their journey.
Sunday: (1) Race (2) Walk over to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge where you can stand in two states at once. (3) Joslyn Art Museum (4) Dinner in Old Market