One of my favorite duties when I served as the WLDR National Championships Chair (2002-2009) was conducting the mandatory Technical Meetings the day before the race.  During these meetings all relevant points concerning the conduct of the race were presented to the athletes.  Questions were taken and answered, finer points highlighted, and everyone would leave knowing exactly what was expected from all parties.  It was during these meetings that I got to know and made friends with every runner of note from that era, as stated, it was always my treat.

From your Ni-Bthaska-Ke Trail Run Registration Chair (and newly appointed Technical Coordinator) Jody Green:

Hello Runners!

If you are receiving this email, it’s because you, or someone you know is registered for the Ni-Bthaska-Ke Trail Run at Platte River State Park this Saturday.

Online registration is now closed, but race day registration will be accepted at the park until 9:45am ($30 cash or check).

The following information may be helpful to you, so please read.

Preregistered runners can pick up packets and T-shirts on Thursday March 31 from 4-7pm at: 18505 Van Camp Drive, Omaha NE 68130.

Saturday April 2 from 8:30-9:45 AM at the Mallet Picnic Area. To register the price is $30.

It is recommended that you carpool to Platte River State Park. A $4 park entry is expected at the entrance so please be prepared. Annual permits can be purchased at the park for ~$20 or online. Once you enter the park, go left down the hill and then make a right past Owen Landing. The Mallet Lodge is on the right. Follow the signs.

We encourage participants, to dress accordingly and bring a change of clothes. There is a good possibility that you will get dirty.

We encourage participants to bring personal and reusable water bottles. Water will be provided midway, but we will not be providing disposable cups. This is our attempt to keep the parks clean.

The 4-Mile and the 12K will begin at the same time and location but will not be the same course. We encourage runners to pay attention to the location where the races separate. Follow the arrows!! There will be no changes allowed in regards to race distance on race day, so please stick with the race and distance in which you are registered, otherwise you will be ineligible for awards.

The course will be marked with flags at the ground level; mile markers will also be indicated with signs. Please pay particular attention for barbed wire along trails that run along a fence line. We?re not going to lie ? This is a tough course! Watch where you put your feet!

The Race Director will make announcements prior to the start of the race so please listen for any last minute instructions.

Pin your bib number somewhere visible on the front. Run through the correct finishing shoot (either labeled 4 Mile or 12K). Please stay in order, as a volunteer will tear off the bottom portion of the bib.

4 Mile: Top 10 Males and Top 10 Females
12K: Overall Male & Female, Overall Masters Male & Female (40+), and then Top 3 for each Age Group Male & Female: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29
30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 am. Family and friends not participating in the run are asked to pay a fee to share in the hog roast and Upstream beer. The cost is $10. We will try our best to provide enough food, and we ask our participants and friends to eat well, but respect those who are still out on the course.

Those who registered prior to Friday March 25 are guaranteed a t-shirt in the size that they ordered. If you registered this week, please return post-race to pick up a T-shirt if we have extras available. We try our best to order extras and estimate sizes, but we?re not as psychic as we?d like to be.


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See you on the trails!