And looking ahead to the new year.  Here is the list of our 2012 USATF Nebraska Association Championships and other notable dates.  Thanks for marking your calendars.

Saturday April 7- 6th Annual Ni-Bthaska-Ke 12K & 4 Mile Trail Runs**.  10:00 am start time, Platte River State Park.  Also an as yet to be named Kid’s Run of 400 & 800 meters.  The 12K will serve as our Trail Champs for that distance.  We will also hold our Association’s annual LDR meeting that afternoon beginning at 4:00 pm at Mallet Lodge.  If you are a Nebraska Association LDR Club this will be your opportunity to have your voice heard.

Sunday May 6th- Lincoln Marathon & Half Marathon.  The Marathon will once again serve as our champs for that distance.  Giddyup!

Saturday June 9- The 3rd Annual Big Blue Run 5K** will host our Road Champs for this distance.  We’ll finally get to use our USATF certified course, Buddha willing and the creek don’t rise.

July 6 & 7- USATF Club Track & Field National Championships**, right here at Burke Stadium!

Sunday Sept. 16- Omaha Corporate Cup 10K.  And once again, Giddyup!  Our NE Assoc. annual meeting generally follows the Corporate Cup that afternoon, time and location tbd.

Saturday Oct. 20- 7th Annual Swamp Stomp 8K XC Cajun Festival**.  Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler (Let the good times roll!)  Our 8K XC Champs is our oldest Team Nebraska administered race and we love it.

Saturday Oct. 27- 6th Annual Monster Dash 5K XC run**.  This fall classic will once again be a Spooktacular time and serve as our 5K XC champs.

Nov. 28th – Dec. 2nd- USATF Annual Meeting, Daytona Beach, FL.

We are currently entertaining bids for Road Race Championship distances of 1 mile, 8K, 5 Mile, Half Marathon, 15K , 20K, 25K,  and 30K.  Ultra distances of 50K and 100K are available.  Trail distances of 5K, 10K and trail ultra distances (50K, 100K) are also available.  If you know of a mountain in Nebraska we’d love to have a Mountain Champs as well.  And if you are a race walker, we can do that too!  If you or your group are interested in hosting a Nebraska Association Championships event please shoot me an email at runguru@cox.net for additional details.

Please refer to our Association web page for most up to date info on times etc.,  http://nebraskausatf.org/main/ or as always, get your news on right here at Run Guru Says.

** indicates sponsorship opportunities are available for the event.  If you would like to contribute to our efforts please contact me at the above email address.