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Heartland Marathon

Run the Heartland

The Missouri River continues to rise at Omaha and is expected to reach flood stage Tuesday afternoon from the runoff surge from recent South Dakota storms.   The river is predicted to crest in Omaha on Thursday this week.  This will result in portions of our course being flooded and impassable.  The river level is expected to begin receding Friday, although at the projected river levels sections of the course will remain flooded for multiple days. Therefore, we are officially announcing today that we will utilize our loop backup course for the Heartland Marathon, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon and 10K.  

We are developing detailed maps and intend to have them posted on Wednesday, September 18.  Please be assured that the new course will be safe, accurate and certified and will provide a unique running experience.

Tom Whitaker, Race Director

Daren Konda, Assistant Race Director

Why do you run?

The Heartland Marathon®

Presented by runners. For runners.

The Omaha Running Club has proudly served our running community for more than four decades. Our club has managed local running events for more than 40 years and is pleased to host our signature event, The Heartland Marathon. Please help the Omaha Running Club continue to present this successful, locally owned event.  Remember, it is an event put on by runners, for runners, and for the benefit of the local running community and runners everywhere.  Registration is available now.

  • 26.2 Mile Full Marathon
  • 13.1 Mile Half Marathon
  • 10K
  • Marathon Relay (teams of three to five runners)
Heartland Marathon

The Countdown is On!

Sunday, September 22, 2019



Run the Heartland

The Omaha Running Club proudly presents the Heartland Marathon. Whether this is your first event or you are a seasoned pro, ORC's signature event is sure to be a favorite.

Course Maps

Our unique routes have you running through through the Iowa and Nebraska. Runners start at the riverfront in downtown Omaha and cross into Council Bluffs.


Whether you are new to running or a seasoned pro, the Omaha Running Club has training programs and support for you!


Help support the Omaha Running Club and Heartland Marathon. Sponsorship, volunteer and cheering opportunities await!


Everything you need to know to register, train and on the day of the event.


Grab a group of running buddies and form a Heartland Marathon Relay Team!


When is packet pick up? Is there gear check? Are there aid registrations? What is a relay?

You have questions, we have answers.



Join Us for the Post-Race Party

Omaha Running Club is partnering with River City Star, Dam Bar 'N' Grill and Ollie the Trolley for a fabulous post-race celebration party.

Runners and guests are invited to the River City Star for tacos and live music. Runners will receive a complimentary drink ticket and beverage service will be available for guests. Join us from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Ollie the Trolley will provide shuttle service between Lewis & Clark Landing and the River City Star. Or, there is plenty of parking at the venue. One-hour boat rides will be available at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for a discounted price of $15 per ticket if reserved in advance. Onsite tickets are $20.


Run Two Fantastic Events, Get a 15% Discount

The Omaha Running Club is partnering with the IMT Des Moines Marathon to offer a 15% discount to participants who run both the Heartland Marathon and the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon.

This offer does not apply to prior registrations.  However, if you have already entered one race, you will receive the discount upon registering for the other race.  

Presented by Omaha Running Club

The Omaha Running Club has been supporting the Omaha running and walking communities since the early 1970’s.  We are a non-profit community service organization with vast variety of race events, free fun-runs, training programs and community service opportunities.

Omaha Running Club

Registration is Now Open

Join us on Sunday, Sept. 22, for the 2019 Heartland Marathon!