The Lincoln Track Club will open online general registration for the 2015 Lincoln National Guard Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday, January 3 at 3 a.m. CST. The race is capped at 12,500 participants and runners will register at www.GetMeRegistered.com/LincolnMarathon2015. The marathon will also partner with Project Purple as its designated charity. Project Purple is a non-profit organization raising funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer.
Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis for the first 12,000 registrants. Cost for the marathon is $80 and the half-marathon is $60. The remaining 500 registrations will be filled via an online lottery with a $10 donation per chance to Project Purple. Lottery spots will be sold through Saturday, January 10, and participants can purchase more than one ticket to increase their lottery chances. The 500 people randomly selected for the remaining spots will be notified via email on Thursday, January 15 and must register and pay the standard registration fee by Friday, January 23.
A limited number of registrations are available to those who wish to fund-raise for Project Purple. The LTC chose Project Purple as its designated charity to honor Jayne Snyder, a former LTC board member and Lincoln city council member, who lost her battle with pancreatic cancer in 2011. Pancreatic cancer accounts for approximately 3 percent of all cancers in the U.S. and 7 percent of cancer deaths. Project Purple is “running to beat pancreatic cancer” and recently committed $150,000 in grant support to the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. Specialists at the UNMC are national leaders in innovative pancreatic cancer research. Apply directly with Project Purple at www.run4projectpurple.org for a spot on their team.
“As a board, we wanted to find a way to honor Jayne. She was one of the pioneers of the running movement in Lincoln and this is a small way we can give something back in her memory,” said Nancy Sutton Moss, co-race director. “We are excited to be working with Project Purple to help raise awareness about and money for pancreatic cancer research.”
The Lincoln Track Club was established in 1975 by an eager group of track enthusiasts as a non-profit community service organization to promote running throughout this area and provide educational assistance for its runners. The LTC is a member club of both the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and USA Track and Field. 2015 marks the 38th running of the Lincoln National Guard Marathon and Half Marathon.