www.swampstomp.digbro.com Please check our digital brochure link. The 6th annual Swamp Stomp 8K XC Cajun Fest is TNB’s oldest consecutively held race. It was at least 8 years ago that I conceived this event while running South across the big dam at Lake Zorinsky. I was telling the group of old timers (affectionately dubbed) that the East dam face would provide a perfect venue for a challenging cross country course. They scoffed and I ran with it. It was ideal for both the participants and the spectators. We also took advantage of one low lying area that really did provide a mini-swamp to run through. Hay bales and logs to hurdle, our old buddy Tom Ryan mowing the snaking route through the tall grass, ah, memories. But we outgrew that old favorite and will host our 3rd year using the 8K surrounding Chalco Hills, a course almost all high school harriers in Central/Eastern Nebraska have run on.
Some things have remained constant, and that’s where all the FUN is. In 2005 Paul Braunschweiler spun his version of the Cajun Classics, Red Beans & Rice and Seafood Gumbo. We added our TNB Chef, Steven Durant the following year and he has worked his magic for all of our races since. So great Cajun comestibles will always be a part of the “Stomp”.
Our age group awards are another upgraded amenity. Each year the awards are ordered directly from New Orleans, very much Mardi Gras themed. My road race mgmt committee clobbers me every year for going over budget on awards, but it is My Treat. In ’05 & ’06 we actually awarded prize money to the top 3 open and masters.
The Prairie Gators are another stalwart. Master Gator Steve Kunasek has brought out the small ensemble with the authentic sounds every year. Hearing Steve play the National Anthem on his “squeeze box” is one of the rare, eclectic moments in all of running.
And with any rain at all we will run you through a more respectable swamp, make sure your shoes are tied!
Once departed. Last year I pushed for a short sleeve T for the first time, but it was five color and very unique. We are going back to our Long Sleeve t shirts this year. You spoke and we listened!
Added since the move to Chalco is our Little Gator Gallop. You know how important it is to the community and to our club to provide fun, healthful opportunities to our Nebraska youth. Linda Barnhart has done a great job growing this aspect of our races. Age appropriate distances starting with a 40 yard Diaper Dash for those 3 & under, ages 4-6, and 7-10.
Also new this year is a special early entry fee structure. Only $25 prior to September 23, $30 through October 19th, and $35 race day. So enter Early & Often!
Laissez Lez Bon Temps Roule- Let The Good Times Roll!
I actually got to run the Swamp Stomp last year. One of the funnest runs of the fall season in my opinion.