Race Day



The race will go on regardless of precipitation and will only be
cancelled or postponed if weather conditions present imminent danger
to participants. We have never had to cancel the event due to weather.

Nebraska weather is unpredictable, but average May temperatures are:
Average low temperature: 46°F
Average high temperature: 67°F

You can check the local weather on TV stations 10/11 KOLN/KGIN
(CBS) or KLKN (ABC).

Arrival & Parking

All athletes should arrive at the start line at least 45 minutes before their wave start time, and all athletes, even those in later waves, should arrive prior to 7:00am. Add additional time if you have not yet picked up your packet.

Athlete parking and dropoff is recommend in downtown Lincoln south of the start line and south of UNL’s City Campus. Parking is available in City of Lincoln Parking Garages (first hour free) and at parking meters (free on Sundays). There is limited parking lots available on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln campus. Runners and spectators will not be allowed to park in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage or the Champions Club lot.

Race Day Packet Pickup

Race-Day Packet Pickup is available in Cook Pavilion at 14th & Vine Streets from 5:45 to 7:00 a.m.

This is your last chance to get your race packet. The location in Cook Pavilion is marked on the Start Line map.

Bag Check and Claim

Bag Check and Bag Claim is available before and after the race in Cook Pavilion at 14th & Vine Streets.

You will be given an official Lincoln Marathon bag at packet pickup marked with your race number. The National Guard will organize the bags by race number in the bag drop area.

We strongly recommend you only put clothing in your checked bag.

Any valuables should be left at home. The Lincoln Marathon is not responsible for lost, stolen, or discarded property.

Waiting Zones

In order to socially distance as much as possible around the start line, several designated Waiting Zones have been established including the north end of 14th Street as well as a large Waiting and Warm-Up Zone on the Mabel Lee Fields on W Street.


Portable restrooms will be available along W Street at the start and finish line and of course, along the running route. Restroom facilities will not be available inside Cook Pavillion or Ed Weir Stadium.

Starting Line

14th & Vine – University of Nebraska

Start Times

6:55 a.m. – Wheelchair and Rucksack Start
7:00 a.m. – Marathon and Half Marathon Start
7:05 a.m. – Wave B
7:10 a.m. – Wave C
7:15 a.m. – Wave D
7:20 a.m. – Wave E
7:25 a.m. – Wave F
7:30 a.m. – Wave G
7:35 a.m. – Wave H
7:40 a.m. – Wave I
7:45 a.m. – Wave J
7:50 a.m. – Wave K
7:55 a.m. – Wave L

Race Bib & Timing Chip Instructions

Your race bib will be picked up at packet pickup and will also include safety pins and your timing chip on the back of the race bib. Do not fold or damage your race bib, this is your timing chip! Securely fasten the race bib on the FRONT and OUTSIDE of your clothing so that it is visible to race officials and can be read by timing and photography equipment. Race bibs are non-transferable and may only be worn by the registered runner to whom it is assigned.

Pace Groups

To promote socially distant running, the pace team will be suspended for 2021 and will return in future years. Thanks for understanding.

Wave Start

For 2021, we will be implementing a wave start. Each runner will be assigned a wave. On race morning, waves will be well signed and will follow each other in a continuous procession towards the start line. Wave assignments will be sent in participant pre-race emails and can also be found via bib-lookup. They will be printed on the runner’s race packet and also the race bib. Runners may not move up a wave under any circumstance, however, a runner may move back a wave if they would like to run with another participant in another wave.

Lining Up

Lining up will look different to help keep athletes socially distant in the start line.

  1. Know your assigned start wave. It is written on your race bib.
  2. Make sure you have your race bib and it is clearly visible.
  3. Begin lining up according to the start line wave. Start waves will be clearly signed and will follow each other in a continuous procession towards the start line. Wait until your start wavesign is posted to begin lining up if you are in one of the later waves. Listen to the announcer and staff instructions. When lining up you will find an individually marked spot in the start line chute.
  4. Please wear a mask in the start chute and carry it with you to the finish line. You do not need to wear a mask while running. If you need a mask, they can be obtained at Packet Pickup. All finishers will receive a Lincoln Marathon mask at the finish line.
  5. Consider carrying your own water bottle. We will have water on course that can be grabbed from tables at the aid stations.
  6. Consider also carrying any nutrition needed.
  7. You may move back a wave to run with another participant if needed. You may not move up a wave under any circumstance.


Water and Aid Stations

Throughout the race, we encourage and advise runners to stay hydrated to prevent both dehydration and hypothermia.

Water stations are located approximately every 1.5 miles and never more than 2.5 miles apart along the course. Each water station will provide water with lids and straws for easy drinking, Gatorade Endurance formula and ice. Due to COVID, it will be a grab-and-go format, with volunteers placing the cup on tables for you to pick up, rather than them handing the cup to you.

 Portable toilets are near the aid stations throughout the course.

Course Medical Resources

Each aid station will be staffed with a physician to assist runners. Vaseline and Band-Aids are also available. We will also have bikers and emergency personnel riding the course to assist you. A SAG wagon is available for runners who need to withdraw from the race. Ask a course monitor or aid station worker for assistance. A Radio Club member will be at each aid station if there is a need to relay a message to the finish.

Police and Course Monitors

Course monitors will be wearing orange vests or Lincoln Marathon T-shirts. They are there to assist you if you need help. Please obey instructions by Lincoln Police Department officers.

Time Limit

If marathon runners are not at the turnoff for the half marathon by 10:15 a.m., they will be directed to finish the half and not continue on the marathon course. The course is officially open until 1:30 p.m. Runners not expected to finish in that time may be directed to the sidewalk to finish their run.

Not Allowed on the Course

There are a number of items that are not allowed on the course including runners not wearing a bib, animals, non-official bikers, baby joggers or strollers, roller skates or rollerblades, skateboards, or any wheeled vehicles other than registered wheelchair athletes.


For the safety of our runners, we discourage runners from wearing headphones. If you choose to wear them, please use common sense and remove them to listen to all verbal instructions.

Course Map

Finish Line

14th & Vine – University of Nebraska – Ed Weir Stadium

The finish will be on the track of Ed Weir Stadium. All runners will finish by turning south from Salt Creek Roadway and entering the west side of Ed Weir Stadium on UNL’s Main Campus.

Both half marathoners and marathoners use the same first-loop of the two-loop course. Half marathoners turn south from Salt Creek Roadway to the finish line. Marathoners will continue to the second loop but have the option of switching to the half marathon. Half marathon entrants may not switch to the marathon. Both races will finish midfield on the track of Ed Weir Stadium.

Medals and Race Recovery

All runners will receive a finisher’s medal in the finish chute.

Water and post-race recovery beverages will be provided by Pepsi. Other race recovery snacks will be available for runners as they exit the finish chute in a grab-and-go fashion.

Finish Line Medical Resources

Medical resources are located immediately within Ed Weir Stadium as well as the west side of Cook Pavillion near the finish chute.

Bag Claim

If you checked a bag before the race, it will be available at the same location. Enter Cook Pavilion from 14th Street on the east side of the building.

Help Desk

The race day Help Desk will be located inside Cook Pavilion. Enter  from 14th Street on the east side of the building.


Complete results will be posted at lincolnmarathon.org and mtecresults.com Results will also be emailed to all participants.

Shower Facilities

Showers will not be made available for 2021.

Post-Race Friends and Family Meeting Area

Mabel Lee Fields • 1433 W Street

Please no spectators at the finish line this year. There is no public entry to the finish area or Ed Weir Stadium. Athletes should use the official Post-Race Meeting Area at Mabel Lee Fields to meetup with friends and family or determine their own specific meeting location on UNL Campus or downtown Lincoln.


Athlete Tracking

Check out our Lincoln Marathon App for news and information, as well as to track participants.

Athletes can also be tracked directly on the follow web pages:

Spectating: Along the Course

Any spectators along the running route should practice social distancing and follow all local directed health measures.

Please be advised that getting around Lincoln on race day can be difficult and it can be easy to get stuck in traffic. We recommend selecting one location to spectate and arrive very early.

Below are anticipated times that runners are expected to be at various points along the course.

Spectating: Start and Finish

Normally we LOVE spectators at the Lincoln Marathon. For runner safety, please no spectators this year at the start or finish line areas.

There will be a live stream available of the finish line

Post-Race Friends and Family Meeting Area

Mabel Lee Fields • 1433 W Street

Please no spectators at the finish line this year. There is no public entry to the finish area or Ed Weir Stadium. Athletes should use the official Post-Race Meeting Area at Mabel Lee Fields to meetup with friends and family or determine their own specific meeting location on UNL Campus or downtown Lincoln.

After Race Weekend

Race Photos

Athlete race photos will be made available via post-race emails and will be available from Flashframe, the event’s official photographer at www.flashframe.io

Shirt Exchange

Shirt exchanges should be made at early packet packet as available. After the race, Contact Us

Lost and Found

Lost & Found on race day will be located at the finish area help area. After the race, Contact Us

Award Shipping and Cash Prize

There will not be an in-person award ceremony in 2021. Instead, all awards are anticipated to be shipped to winners 2-4 weeks following the race. The same time frame applies to all cash prizes assuming any needed documentation is in place.

Become a Volunteer

This event is a success because of the amazing volunteers who help out every year. Please help us continue the all-volunteer tradition of the Lincoln Marathon by volunteering in 2021.