TRAIL BOSS

Even with the Big Blue Run tomorrow my mind is on this weekend’s River City Roundup, now billed as the 2nd largest Rodeo in the world.  In 2007 & 2008 Linda and I had the privilege of being Trail Bosses, positions we were accorded in our status as Race Directors for the Rodeo Run Omaha Mile.  We got to work with Matt Gunderson and the rest of the Knights of AK-SAR-BEN staff, some of the biggest movers and shakers in Omaha.  It was a treat to get to know the people, the organization, and the event.   In fact Matt and the Knights were named our Team Nebraska Contributor of the Year in 2008.  Another little slice of Omaha running history.

And speaking of running history, always good to hear from my old buddy Tim Dooling.  Tim reached out this week for the first time in over a year, good to know he is still kicking it.  A real Omaha Icon.

Many thanks to Tom Whitaker, President of the Omaha Running Club for all his hard work and assistance with the Big Blue Run.  There’s not much goes on in the metro’s running scene without Tom having some hand in guiding the success.  Tom and the ORC were Team Nebraska’s Contributor of the Year in 2011.

Don’t forget packet pick up and registration will be at Red Dirt Running Co. today from noon until 7:00 pm.  And then we’ll have race day beginning at 6:30 tomorrow morning.  Looks to be the Perfect Day for a 5K and with a USATF Certified course, a great opportunity to get out and run a personal best on a fast, scenic course.

We gave out cowbells for the Rodeo Run 1 Mile.  Ryan Kleimenhagen would win the race in 3:59.4 to become the first sub four minute road miler in Nebraska history.  Was that really 5 years ago?