Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017 Time: 8:00 a.m. Location: Glenn Cunningham Lake - Omaha, NE
Thank you for participating in the 6th Annual G.O.A.T.zTrail Runs and Omaha’s ultra-marathon, the G.O.A.T.z 50k. We are excited to be a part of the growth of trail running in and around Omaha.
Included in the following document is important information about packet pickup, race day, course maps and course descriptions. Check the website at: www.irunwithgoatz.org, or the G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs Facebook page for additional information and updates as race day approaches.
Saturday, October 21 Packet Pickup Noon to 6 p.m. at Canfield’s Sporting Goods (8457 W Center Rd, Omaha, NE 68124). There will be limited race day packet pickup at Lake Cunningham on Sunday morning. Please make every attempt to pick yours up on Saturday to help lessen race day confusion for volunteers.
Race Day, October 22
The 2017 G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs will once again start and finish at the CunninghamLake campground (8152 Rainwood Road).
Directions to Start/Finish
From I-680 Exit at 72nd Street Drive North on 72nd Street for .6 miles Turn Left (west) on Rainwood Road, drive for .8 miles. Campground will be on your left.
From Highway 36 (Bennington Road) Drive South on 84th Street for 1 mile Turn Left (east) on Rainwood Road, drive for .2 miles Campground will be on your right.
GPS, use 8152 Rainwood Road as your address. Please do not use any other address you may find online.
Use the address above when entering into your GPS. Please do not use any other address you may find online for the campground.
Gates to the campground open at 5 a.m. Parking attendants will guide you to a spot at 6:30 a.m. Parking will be in the grass at the start/finish area.
Race Day Packet pickup
Limited race day packet pickup will be available from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. We encourage you to pick your packet up at Canfield’s Sporting Goods on Saturday if at all possible.
We will have a pre-race briefing at the starting line at 7:45 for all runners. Please be present for any last minute instructions!
Your race will be electronically time. The chip is attached to your bib. Bibs should be attached on your front and plainly visible to timers. Please DO NOT fold or crease the chip. The accuracy of your time depends on it.
Cutoff and Drops
There is a generous 9 hour cutoff for all races. Should you need to drop, please notify the nearest aid station volunteer or timers at the start/finish.
It’s Nebraska! The race will take place in all but life threatening weather.Be prepared for anything! Weather in October can be unpredictable; however, temps typically vary from 40 to 57 degrees and are rarely below 29 degrees or above 72. Average chances of precipitation for October 27th are 38 percent. The sun rises at 7:50 and sets at 6:23.
Drop bags are allowed at the start/finish aid station only.
There will be two fully manned and stocked aid stations, one at the start/finish and one approximately half way around the loop off of 96th Street on the west side of the lake. Unmanned water stops will be available around mile 2 and mile 8.25. Bottles are not a required item for this race, however, be aware that unmanned water stops are cupless, so, no bottle, no water.
Aid stations will be well stocked with the following:
Beverages: water, Tailwind Electrolyte Drink, Coke, Ginger Ale, Sprite Fruit: oranges, bananas Salty Snacks: potato chips, pretzels, pickle spears Sweet Snacks: gummy bears, chocolate, Oreos, fig bars, candy corn Real Food: sandwiches or tortilla wraps with your choice of peanut butter, jelly, turkey meat, cheese; chicken broth, Ramen noodles, potatoes with salt, Honey Stinger Gels, and Hammer Endurolytes
Medical Services will be on site near the start/finish to take care of minor medical emergencies. They can transport to an area hospital if necessary. If you have any issues while on course, please contact the nearest volunteer or aid station to let them know. We will send someone to check on you.
Finish Line Food
Bagels, fruit, and other breakfast foods will be provided at the finish line for 5, 10.5, and some of the quicker 21 milers will be provided. We will also have a variety of chili later in the day for our remaining 21 milers and 50k participants. We encourage those of you who finish early, to bring a chair, stick around, enjoy the day and cheer on your fellow runners.
Post - race Massage
Palmer Massage Therapy will be on hand providing pre and post-race massage.
Awards will be given in the following categories:
Medals to all finishers Awards to top 3 Males and Females 10 year age group awards for top male and female in each age group. (Top 3 males and females excluded.)
Medals to all finishers Awards to top 3 Males and Females
5 and 10.5 milers:
Awards to top 3 Males and Females
Drop Down Option
50k and 21 milers may opt to take advantage of the drop down option. Please notify the timers if you are unable or unwilling to continue. Your finish time will be recorded; however, you will not be eligible for post-race awards consideration in your new distance.
Lake Cunningham provides for a number of viewing locations. Roads leading in to the park are all labeled as “Park Road”. Please see course map for locations.
If you prefer to hang out at the start/finish, bring a chair, get comfortable and cheer on your runner and others on Sunday.
Lake Cunningham is a favorite for local equestrians. There is a strong possibility you may come up on a horse and rider during the day. Should this happen, give them the right of way. DO NOT pass a horse suddenly or unannounced. Our goal is to share these trails in harmony with everyone. Let’s do our part by being considerate of the other trail users in the park.
Additional Race Day Notes:
Hand held bottles are not a requirement for any race distance; however, there will be NO cups at the unmanned water stops, so keep in mind, no bottle, no water.
All runs start and finish in the same location in the campground. All runners will proceed in the clockwise direction until they diverge around mile 2.75, at which point 5 milers will return toward the finish line and 10.5, 21 milers and 50k runners will continue their trek around the lake in the clockwise direction.
The course will be marked with bright orange tape, directional markers (black arrows and X’s on yellow background), and caution tape to keep you on the right path.
As much as we can mark the course, we cannot always prevent vandals from tampering with the markings. If you encounter anyone messing with the course markings, please notify the first volunteer you see in addition to the personnel at the nearest aid station.
5 (ish) Mile Course
10.5 (ish) Mile Loop
Thank You to our Sponsors and Supporters:
This would not be possible without them. Please pay these friends of the G.O.A.T.z and Omaha area trail running a visit when you can and tell them we sent you.
Last but certainly not least, Thank You to our volunteers and those who are helping build the Greater Omaha Area Trail-runners. From those of you who’ve volunteered your time at Lake Cunningham, to you who have given your time and energy to THOR, we are grateful. You are helping develop and define our mission of promoting active members of the trail community in and around Omaha. Trail running in the Omaha area continues to grow thanks to your support!
2017 G.O.A.T.z Trail Runs Directors
Race Director - Matt Randle Volunteer Coordinator - Jody Green