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Heartland Marathon

2020 Heartland Marathon Will Be Held

The Omaha Running Club announces that we plan at this time to hold all Heartland events on September 27.  Based on current State of Nebraska, City of Omaha and Douglas County Health Department guidelines and requirements, we believe we can put on an event that will be safe for participants and volunteers alike.

While the final decision for a safe and healthy event is dependent on the health situation going forward during the rest of the Summer, we believe we have the ability to plan Heartland events based on policies and procedures designed specifically to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at our event.  These plans will include a controlled in-person packet pick-up on Saturday as well as the full schedule of weekend races that will utilize distancing procedures to protect runners’ best interests and longevity, along with those of our volunteers and community supporters.

Here are some registration reminders as our plan for in-person racing continues so that you can feel comfortable about registering, training for and participating in our events:

  • A virtual event option is not being considered at this time.  
  • If modifications are found to be necessary in the future and if those modifications don’t meet your needs as an athlete, we will provide the option to opt-out of this year’s event (fees may apply) and defer your paid registration to 2021.
  • Race entry fees will not be refunded if the in-person event takes place, is modified, or is canceled in 2020.
  • Based on current recommended guidelines, it is not likely that we will have a post-race party or awards ceremony following the races.  Finisher medals will be provided and may be mailed following the event if we run out on race day.

We sincerely hope you will support the Omaha Running Club’s locally owned and managed event.  Not only do we put on an excellent event, we are here year-round supporting the Omaha running community.

Due to various restrictions necessary during the pandemic and to assist volunteers in accomplishing support duties, we are modifying courses to provide a positive experience for runners and volunteers alike.  Tentative maps of the courses will be available shortly at  

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 27, 2020



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.


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. 27, for the 2020 Heartland Marathon!