Man on a Mission to Never Miss a Lincoln Marathon


Lincoln, Neb. - There has been one man who has ran every single Lincoln Marathon since it began 37 years ago.

He is from South Sioux City and works in Omaha, Nebraska.

At 67 years old, Ron Olsen is still running marathons. He has never missed a single one in Lincoln despite several injuries and even an accident that nearly ended his life.

Olsen says his pace has slowed over the years, but his dedication is very much the same. He trains seven days a week and maintains a diet high in carbohydrates and protein.

"Back when I was in my early 30's that's when I was running my best times ever. In fact my best time was 2:42 at Omaha Marathon and 2:44 is my best at Lincoln Marathon in my mid thirties," Olsen said.

Olsen said he enjoys the Lincoln Marathon and all the people involved. He adds that he loves running into Memorial Stadium and seeing himself on the big screen.

So just how many more years will Olsen run into the stadium?

"It's never a question of am I going to stop...it's next year is coming," Olsen said.

Olsen says his goal for the Lincoln Marathon on Sunday is to finish in less than 4 hours.


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