Make a new Fourth of July tradition this year – work in a fun run or race into your festivities. Who says Independence Day celebrations are limited to barbecuing with the family and sitting on your rear as you watch people light off fireworks?
Here are some races to consider (I found them all on the Omaha Running Club calendar):
- This Thursday – Come Join in the Free Independence Day Fun Run at 7:00 pm. Prizes for the most Patriotic costumes. Meet in the parking lot of Pauli’s at 4016 Leavenworth Street. The Fun Run will be on the Field Club Trail. Invite your friends to join in this 4th of July celebration. Plan to stay afterward and enjoy some of the good food Pauli’s has to offer.
- On Sunday – Peak Performance is proud to sponsor the 2nd Annual Patriot 5K Run, starting at 8 a.m. The course is out-and-back on the Keystone Trail, starting at 519 N. 78th St. Awards, along with muffins, ice cream bars and adult beverages, will follow the race. Fees: $20 by midnight 6/26; $25 after. Register here.
- On Monday – The 9th annual Brownville Freedom Run. On-line registration available here. Plan to spend the entire day and take part in the old fashioned 4th of July Freedom Celebration. All proceeds from the Run are used to fund Brownville Freedom Celebration events.
If you’re determined to keep your Fourth inactive, fine. Have a beer for me. Then, you can sign up for this race the following weekend…
Run For Justin is July 9. It’s the eighth year for this memorial 5K run/walk honoring Justin Nealon. The Run for Justin was born as a way for the Nealon family to celebrate Justin’s life and avid interest in running, as well as support a cause he felt deeply about – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Team In Training Program. While Justin’s running career was cut short at age 22, his dream of helping others through his running was not. In commemoration of Justin, and on behalf of all touched by his life, the Run for Justin Foundation continues to fulfill his wishes and provide important funding for promising blood cancer research. Visit this website for complete registration information.
I have run this race before (it’s always held at Zorinski Lake) and I’ve handed out water at a water station. It’s well organized and very popular with runners and walkers alike. I’ll likely be there, but walking, since I wouldn’t want to show any of you guys up…