BY THE NUMBERS

I’ve cited marathonguide.com’s comprehensive look at our USA Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers.  I’m still wrapping my brain around the fact there are currently no qualifiers from Nebraska, again with the caveat that this will change dramatically with this fall’s marathons.

At a glance: The Omaha Running Club newsletter shows for this weekend there are 3 races in the Omaha Metro area and 1 in Waverly.  The newsletter from Fitness Sports in Des Moines lists 26 races  this weekend. Interesting observation even if it is only superficial or coincidence.

But we are catching up.  The Lincoln Track Club’s calendar has remained steady for several years, you can always count on their old reliables, including the Buffalo Run on Sept. 11 and the venerable Governor’s Cup on October 16.  We are seeing more and more new events pop up here in Omaha and for that we are grateful.  It is about growing participation in our sport and that is always a good thing.  The more runners we have the better for our communities, our events, our athletes, and our charities.

Gary Meyer and Tom Whitaker are re-vamping the Omaha Marathon Start/Finish areas, the Great Flood of 2011 has wreaked havoc on that event.  Another wake up call for the race to move out West!

Beer and Bagel is capping its entries this year at 2500.  That is explosive growth and indicates just how many runners there really are locally.   If you build it they will come.   If  we could just get half of them to come to the Monster Dash…..

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