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4,500 Runners Run from Omaha to Lincoln

Nation’s Largest Day-Long Relay Expands with More Runners and a New Starting Line

(Lincoln, Neb., Sep. 28, 2015) The October 3, 2015 Market to Market Relay Nebraska presented by Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital has 575 teams and 4,500 runners, making it the largest day-long running relay in the nation.  Runners from 31 states and 196 Nebraska communities are taking part in the annual team running relay race. “We are proud to be the presenting sponsor of this year’s Market to Market Relay,” says Levi Scheppers, Chief Executive Officer at Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital. “The race is a great community event that people love, and we’re excited to be supporting such a fun, memorable day for so many participants.”

In addition to more runners experiencing the race, the Market to Market Relay will feature a new starting line at Aksarben Village. Race Director, Ben Cohoon, said, “We are excited for teams to experience the new starting line. It is a much more exciting start to the relay for teams on their 8 -12 hour running road trip. Teams will now get the chance to cheer on their first runner at the starting line and then jump into their team vehicle and travel to the next exchange point.” According to a University of Nebraska economic impact study the race annually brings in over ½ a million dollars to Nebraska’s economy.  Lisa Bockman of Noodle Companies said, “Aksarben Village is thrilled to be the new start line for the Market to Market Relay. With 4,500 runners and 575 teams we can't wait for both the runners to experience Aksarben Village and the restaurants, hotels, and shops to experience the Market to Market Relay."

The pinnacle of the event for most teams is crossing the finish line in Lincoln’s Haymarket district. After passing the baton between teammates for 8 to 12 hours across the entire course, all teammates run the last 0.3 miles together, before crossing the finish line as a team. Here teams are greeted by the Pepsi Post-Race Shindig where the good times continue. The block party, festival style atmosphere is open to the public and includes food, drinks, music and tvs for watching the football game.

How It Works

Each team consists of six to eight runners, with each team member running two or three legs of the relay for a total of about 10 miles spread over the day.  Teams start in Omaha, leaving from the new starting line at Aksarben Village.  Waves of 50 teams leave Aksarben Village every 20 minutes starting at 5:00 am until 9:40 am. Each team’s first runner will start with their baton and run to meet their teammates at the second exchange.  The rest of the team will hop in their van and drive ahead to the second exchange point and wait for the first runner to pass the baton to the second runner.  Teams continue this pattern where they hop in the van, run, rest and repeat all the way to Lincoln’s Haymarket.

The running road trip from Omaha to Lincoln covers 76 miles over 19 stages on a scenic and varied course through 4 Nebraska Counties.  The 19 legs range from 3 to 6 miles running through Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, Springfield, South Bend, Murdock, Elmwood, Eagle, Walton, and Lincoln. The course follows the bike trail system, paved streets, and gravel back roads through a diverse and scenic slice of eastern Nebraska. 

Details

  • Race Day is Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
  • 4,500 Runners (575 Teams) | Largest Day-Long Relay in the World
  • Ranked “2nd Best Relay in the Country” by Outside Magazine
  • New Starting Line at Omaha’s Aksarben Village and Finish in Lincoln’s Haymarket
  • Teams will start in waves from 5:00 am to 9:40 am
  • The first team is expected to arrive at the Finish Line at 3:15 pm with teams finishing up until 9:15 pm

Runner Schedule

Location

First Relay Runner

Last Relay Runner

   

1 | Blue Cross Blue Shield | 1919 Arksarben Dr | Omaha

5:00 am Start

9:40 am Start

2 | Al Veys Park | 60th St North of Harrison St | Omaha

5:15 am

10:15 am

3 | Twin Creek Cinema |3909 Raynor Pkwy| Bellevue

5:45 am

10:45 am

4| Papio Bay/Halleck Park | 806 East Halleck Street | Papillion

6:15 am

11:15 am

5| Papio South HS | 108th St just South of Highway 370 | Papillion

6:45 am

11:45 am

6| Nebraska Christian College |12550 S. 114th St| Papillion

7:15 am

12:15 am

7| Springfield | Sarpy County Fair Grounds, Near Hwy 50 and Main St | Springfield, NE

7:45 am

1:15 am

8 | Hwy 31/50 | Intersection of Hwy 31 and 50 | Near Louisville, NE

8:45 am

1:45 am

9 | Platte River | 328th and Hwy 66 | South Bend, NE

9:30 am

2:30 pm

10 | 310 & Mynard | Intersection | Near Murdock, NE

10:00 am

2:45 pm

11 |Murdock|Elmwood/Murdock HS | Murdock, NE

10:30 am

3:30pm