OMAHA MARATHON RECAP

With just a couple of notable exceptions it was a relatively quiet morning for the mates yesterday.  We didn’t load up the fields like we have in the past but did Run Strong where we were entered.

Performance of the morning:  Jeff Nielsen‘s huge pr of 2:39:50, good enough for 2nd overall!  When Jeff came to me earlier this year indicating he wanted to tackle Killer Coach’s marathon training program I told him it would get him under 2:40.  A 6-7 minute personal best, I’m not at all surprised.  He rocked the training cycle and then kicked it on the streets of Omaha.  Great Job Jeff!

Todd Nott was a 3 hour pacer and came in at 3:02:06, good enough for 2nd in the 45-49 age group.

Nod here to Nate Stack who rocked the Red Dirt Running Co. singlet and also pr’d in 2:42:46.

Ashley Shurman was our lone entrant into the women’s full.  She pr’d in 3:19:35 to take 5th overall.  She was using Omaha as a training run for the Market to Market 50K next month, she’ll be tough there.

In the Half Marathon our women were led by 46 year old Stacy Shaw (5th, 1:28:36), Jen Viehrig (6th, 1:29:17), and 42 year old Natalie Jetensky (7th, 1:29:31).

In the Men’s Half the Amherst Flash, 52 year old Brian Bergt finished 4th overall in a very fast 1:21:28!  Steve Stender ran barefoot for the 13.1 miles in 1:34:25.

In the 10K Matt Seiler was 2nd overall in 35:19.

At Saturday’s Dean White Invitational XC Meet in Crete, Nebraska Eric Rasmussen led all finishers in 26:09.

Brian Bergt, the “Amherst Flash”.   52 years old and one of the top runners in Nebraska!

Stacy Shaw of Hastings.  46 years old and still one of the top runners in Nebraska!

Natalie Jetensky of Tekamah.  42 years old and still one of the fastest runners in Nebraska!

Steve Stender of Omaha.  45 years old and still the fastest barefooter in Nebraska.

Jen Viehrig.  A veritable spring chicken at 31 years young.

Nate Stack and Jeff Nielsen worked together for the first 23 miles before Jeff pulled away to his incredible pr performance.  Only Aaron Carrizales and Cameron Cumings have run faster marathons for the mates this year.  And a Very Nice debut for Red Dirt Running Company’s singlet on Nate.

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