LINCOLN, Neb. -- A record number of 4800 runners on 635 teams will compete in the 10th annual Market to Market® Relay Nebraska presented by OrthoNebraska on Saturday, September 30, 2017, making it the largest day-long running relay in the nation. The 76-mile race starts in Omaha, Nebraska’s Aksarben Village and ends with the Pepsi Post-Race Shindig in the shadow of Lincoln, Nebraska’s Pinnacle Arena.
This all-day running event consists of teams with 6 to 8 members. Team members rotate running, hopping in a team vehicle, resting, and then repeating to cover the route. Runners take on two to three stages that range from three to five miles each, covering 76-miles and 19 exchange points. The route is strategically mapped out to provide scenic views with varied running environments such as trails, paved streets and gravel back roads.
Market to Markey Relay Nebraska combines running in beautiful Nebraska landscapes, outrageous costumes, a memorable journey with friends and a post-race celebration. The 10th anniversary of the event is a special one for runners, volunteers, sponsors, and the race organizers.
“It’s amazing to think our crazy idea of a relay race from Omaha to Lincoln is now ten years old,” says Ben Cohoon, Market to Market Relay Race Director. “The loyal people who join us year after year for this running road trip are a special folks and we really appreciate their support.”
As a thank you, Pink Gorilla Events, the race’s producers, makes donations back to local community groups and non-profits that make the event possible. Donations by Pink Gorilla Events will top over $400,000 with this year’s Market to Market Relay Nebraska accounting for over $24,000.
An enduring sponsorship relationship has helped the race grow. OrthoNebraska, a leading provider of orthopedic care in the region, has sponsored the race all ten years.
“Supporting our community and community events like the Market to Market Relay is important to OrthoNebraska. We’re proud to have been involved since the very beginning and wish all the runners a safe and healthy day,” says Levi Scheppers, CEO of OrthoNebraska.
Race co-founder Jason Bakewell is looking forward to another year providing runners with a big experience. “It is our passion to create unique running experiences for both the elite runner and the casual, fun runner and we love that this race has resonated with so many people over the past decade. It’s pretty special that we’ve had almost one hundred people run all ten years,” he said.
On Saturday, September 30th the 10th annual Market to Market Relay Nebraska presented by OrthoNebraska will feature 4800 runners on 635 teams, starting in 15 different waves leaving from Aksarben Village in Omaha, Nebraska. Waves will begin at 5:00 a.m., with the last wave leaving at 9:40 a.m.
The Pepsi Post-Race Shindig celebration will be held the evening of September 30th near Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. The celebration will feature food, drinks and music along with awards and team results.
Learn more about the Market to Market Relay at www.m2mrelay.com.
Pink Gorilla Events
Market to Market Relay Nebraska is produced by Pink Gorilla Events. Pink Gorilla Events is an
independent event production company based in Lincoln, Nebraska and founded in 2008.
Events include the Market to Market Relay Series, BRIN Running Series, The Good Life Halfsy
half marathon, Leprechaun Chase 10K, Cornfield Cornfield 10K and Harvest Moon Hustle 10K.