This is the time of year when the fat cats get fatter and I’m not speaking of the holiday ham or fifty dollar gift certificate to the company store. I’ve seen healthy, significant, and down right obscene cash payouts to those that need them the least but insist on them the most. Oh well.

In my own way I’m rewarding all hard working runners with their own special year end bonus. Tonight we will return to the Millard West track, starting at 5:00, for a celebration of all the hard work that went into the pursuit of our goals this year. Dividends will be paid out in the form of sweat equity, please plan on joining us for fun and a final fellowship for 2011. And sure we’ll gather afterwards at the Upstream Legacy for some of their tasty Double Dutch Belgian Dubbel, my new favorite seasonal on tap.

The Lincoln Marathon is officially sold out! If you dillied or dallied you are too late. Ten thousand entries in just 27 days, amazing! You can still get in however if you have met the Elite Standards in the last two years, times as follows:
Men- 2:30:00 marathon or 1:15:00 half marathon
Women- 2:50:00 marathon or 1:25:00 half marathon

I’m gazing into my crystal ball and seeing 5 Team Nebraska mates under Sammy Rotich’s 2011 winning time of 1:07:08 in the half. Going to be a Red & White horse race.

Don’t forget to pencil in the Hair of the Dog Run on January 1st. Non-perishable food items or a $10 donation. Help us help those that feed the area hungry. 1:00 pm start time at the Zorinsky boat ramps. Distances and paces according to ability. Be sure and pay attention to the appropriately marked “hot chocolate” dispensers.

And finally, you can use some of your own year end bonus to help support our USATF Nebraska Association Olympic Trials Marathon Qualifiers- Bridget Easley & Kaci Lickteig- by coming out on January 8th, same Zorinsky boat ramps, same 1:00 pm start time. We are hosting this fundraiser to help these talented ladies offset travel and housing expenses to Houston, they’ll run the race of their careers just two weeks from this Saturday! ┬áBoth Bridget & Kaci will be on hand for photo ops and autographs!

Give till it hurts and then just a little more!