It was the Perfect Morning.  Yesterday’s Lincoln Marathon by the numbers:  967 finishers in the full (average time 4:16:42).  Down 25% from 5 years ago.  The half featured 6393 finishers (average time 2:22:25).

We can define the “modern era” of Lincoln towards efforts maximizing participation.  The race cap has grown and grown now up to 13,000 runners.   With a 2019 total of 7360.  The 967 marathon finishers this year the lowest number since the 905 finishers in 2005.  The 6393 half finishers the lowest total since expansion began, 6116 in 2010.

Further: Average times for full marathon finishers in 2003 (4:09:25), 2004 (4:04:24), 2005 (4:04:35), and 2006 (4:06:31).  For the Half 2003, (2:10:32), 2004 (2:07:53), 2005 (2:08:01), and 2006 (2:08:03).  Average times for the full marathon in 2017 (4:24:38), 2018 (4:23:44), and 2019 (4:16:42).  And for the Half 2017 (2:24:14), 2018 (2:25:17), and 2019 (2:22:25).

The annual bus from Coon Rapids, MN packed with C level Kenyan fellas took home the majority of the morning’s top finishers cash in both races.   Peter Falcon was the top Nebraskan in the half, 6th in 1:09:29.   Nolan Border 7th in 1:09:44, two Nebraskans to break 1:10:00.  Mary Noel (2nd overall) ran 1:19:19, the only Nebraska female sub 1:20.

In the full, no Nebraska men sub 2:30, Cory Logsdon running 2:32:52 for Good Life bragging rights.  The women’s race driving home the old adage, “The Race Begins at 20.”  Hayley Sutter had significant leads throughout most the race until the wall jumped up at 20.  Eventual winner Misiker Demissie (2:50:14, Ethiopian born, got U.S. citizenship last October) and 2nd place finisher Nebraska’s own Kaci Lickteig (2:50:38) both closed the final 10K in 40:00.   Sutter struggled the last 6.2 miles (48:00) coming home third 2:56:05.