This Sunday’s 25th Annual Lake Wehrspann 10K is USATF Certified, http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=NE08003KU

I met with Gary Meyer yesterday, he was just finishing up the certification work for the Boxer 500, http://www.boxer500.org/ that will be held Sunday August 12th.  He is also certifying the 30th annual YMCA Masters Classic 15K on October 28th.  And the Market to Market 50K.  And re-designing the Omaha Half Marathon and Marathon courses for certification.  Busy guy Gary and I couldn’t be happier.

Of course the Omaha Corporate Cup 10K on September 16th is too: http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=NE08006KU As is the Big Blue Run 5K on September 29th, http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=NE11010KU.  And the Race For The Cure the following week, http://www.usatf.org/events/courses/maps/showMap.asp?courseID=NE11019KU

It took a while but race directors in Omaha are finally getting it.  USATF Course Certification adds value to any road event, period.  And that is only going to benefit our state in the long run.  The USATF Athlete Development Program has considerable opportunities (and a couple of strong local advocates) for up and coming runners from our state.  Certain time standards must be met for consideration but that is only half the equation.  The performances Must have been met on a USATF Certified course.  And that is why I’m a little closer to fine than I was just a few years ago.  I appreciate all of the Race Directors out there that understand how important this is to our elite, developing, serious, competitive, Real runners.  And even those that aren’t looking to run a USA National Championships event, you too can count results on certified events as bona fide.  That matters to more and more paying customers all the time.  Nice. Matt Schneider is a Real Nebraska Runner.  He’s begun training for his fall marathon (Des Moines) and will be working his butt off under Killer Coach’s tutelage.  Matt is chronicling his journey at:http://worship-on-the-run.blogspot.com/2012/07/day-15-immediately-humbled.html Photo courtesy of Meghan Schneider.