One-of-a-kind, must-do marathon! (about: 2010)|
Peg Pearson from Omaha, NE (6/13/10)
6-10 previous marathons
| 1 Sandhills Marathon
This is a fabulous race, and a nice break from the mega marathons with long lines and crowded courses. Run in the beautiful Sandhills of Nebraska, this marathon is really special. Some of what makes it so special: small size (fewer than 100 runners), authentic shotgun start, incredible scenery, downhill elevation, engraved "cowboy spur" finisher awards, post-race tailgating, and a steak-and-potato post-race dinner.
Because of the remote location, the spectators are scarce, but the ones that are out there are extremely supportive. (You WILL have quite a few supportive cows, bulls and horses cheering you on.) The race directors and volunteers provide amazing organization and support! They go above and beyond to make sure you have everything you need while out on the course. Besides the stationary water stops, there are bikers riding back and forth with water, Gatorade, GU, sunscreen, bandaids, Body Glide, a granola bar... you name it. There are porta-johns along the course, and since they are on trailers, they will even come to you if need be. :)
I ran it for the first time this year with some friends and we had a great experience. Whether you are a 50-stater looking to check Nebraska off of your list, a speed racer looking to set a PR, or a fun runner who just wants to enjoy a long run in a beautiful part of the country and make some new friends at the same time... this race is for you!