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Lincoln Half Marathoners Prepare for Run
Thousands of people have been preparing for months for the 49th annual Lincoln Half Marathon. Both event organizers and those who are in training say they can only hope all of their hard work pays off.
More than 250 event organizers and volunteers are putting together every last detail before the runners hit the starting line.
"One hundred intersections have to be covered," Marathon Director Brian Reardon said. "Some of those are by police officers but the vast majority are by volunteer course marshals. We have six water stops with a minimum of about 20 people each water stop. And then we have folks at the finish line serving food, handing out medals, and those sort of things, so it takes a pretty big group to do it."
The big group of volunteers and organizers isn't the only one preparing for the 13-mile run. Greg Bishop has been training since January and has already shed 40 pounds in the process.
"I looked at two miles as if it was the end of the world and then after a few weeks of me just constantly getting out there and pushing myself to do it, to do two miles, to do three miles, on up to 11 miles, it's kinda amazing how that fear, that anticipation of having to run a long distance, kinda melts away," Bishop said.
Greg isn't the only one hoping his hard work pays off. Reardon said one of the hardest parts of planning is dealing with those who are just trying to get through town without getting stuck in traffic.
"North Grand Avenue gets backed up because there are two crossings at North Grand," Reardon said. "At that point, the runners are pretty spread out and between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00 in particular you want to try and avoid North Grand or make sure to give yourself some extra time. We'll let traffic through but the police and course marshals are going to give preference to the runners."
Some other high-traffic areas will be Monroe, Washington, Jefferson, and Madison.
For a complete map of the course route and list of high-traffic intersections, visit the Lincoln Half Marathon website.
It is not too late to register! Registration ends tonight at 8 p.m.