7/30/2014 3:59:24 PM
Boston Marathon Qualifying Race Coming to Grand Island

Courtesy Nebraska Press Association

Nebraskans wanting to race in the Boston Marathon will soon have an easier route to the race in Massachusetts. The Nebraska State Fair Marathon, in its inaugural year, has been certified as a Boston Marathon qualifier. 

Billed as the flattest, fastest course in the nation, the Nebraska State Fair Marathon, presented by Pump and Pantry, will help improve runners qualifying times for the Boston Marathon which occurs in April of each year. 

According to Jeff Doose, State Fair Marathon race director, in order to become a Boston qualifier the course had to be specifically designed and approved by local officials. The course also had to become certified by the United States Track and Field Association (USATF). All of the hurdles have been cleared and now the marathon will be a springboard for those wanting to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

Nebraska State Fair executive director Joseph McDermott said, “It’s amazing that we were able to qualify for Boston in our first year in Grand Island. The hard work of both Jeff Doose and Cara Lemburg at the Grand Island YMCA has been phenomenal.  We believe that the qualifier designation will open the door for more people attracting a higher caliber of runners to our race.”

The inaugural running of the Nebraska State Fair Marathon will take place on Saturday, August 23 beginning at 6:15am. Interested runners can register at GetMeRegistered.com.  There will also be a half marathon and a 5K for the event to include running enthusiasts at all levels.

For more information, contact Jeff Doose at 308-395-9622.


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