Registration & Training
Registered runners receive a Heartland Marathon shirt, finisher's medal and post-race refreshments. All events are chip-timed.
Yes. The Heartland Marathon helps support the Omaha running community through the efforts of the Omaha Running Club. Additionally, the Heartland Marathon has selected the Omaha Police Foundation and the Council Bluffs Police Department as our Charity Partners.
Yes. The Heartland Marathon is a USA Track and Field certified event allowing participants the opportunity to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
Full Marathon: NE21014GM
Half Marathon: NE21013GM
Yes. There is a six-hour time limit for the Marathon. The course will close at 1 p.m.
The Heartland Marathon allows you to change entries if you drop down in distance at no additional charge. Prior to the race, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the registration table during Packet Pickup.
No. We love pets, but for the safety of the participants they are not allowed.
No. Baby joggers, baby strollers, skateboards and rollerblades will not be permitted on the courses.
Yes. Heartland Marathon will provide chip timing for all participants. Results will be emailed to registered participants who have provided their email and posted on our site following the race.
Yes, ORC offers two training options -- a 20-week Marathon/Half Marathon Training Clinic and a women's only, 11-week program. Learn more.
A marathon relay is a team division dividing 26.2 miles into five legs of various distances.
The 2021 instructions will be provided closer to the event. For reference, please consult the 2020 relay instruction packet for sample information.
Marathon Relay teams must have at least three, and no more than five members.
Please consult the Marathon Course Map for locations.
Leg One, 5.5 miles; Exchange point 1: Mile 5.5
Leg Two, 5.9 miles; Exchange point 2: Mile 11.4
Leg Three, 3.4 miles; Exchange point 3: Mile 14.8
Leg Four, 5.9 miles; Exchange point 4: Mile 20.7
Leg Five, 5.5 miles
Runners are responsible for getting to the exchange points.
No. Race packets must be picked up on Saturday, September 25, 2021.
Please consult the Relay Instruction Packet for day of reminders and full relay instructions.
Yes. The Courtyard by Marriott Omaha Downtown/Old Market will once again serve as our host hotel. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-321-2211 or online.
Rooms are available at a discounted rate of $97 USD per night, Friday, Sept. 24, through Sunday, Sept. 26. The last day to book at the discounted rate, pending availability, is Friday, Sept. 3.
101 S 10th St
Omaha, NE 68102
The events start at 151 Freedom Park Road in downtown Omaha. All runners will be started in waves to allow for social distancing. A tentative schedule is listed below.
- 7:00 am – Start of the Marathon & Marathon Relay
- 7:15 am – Half-Marathon
- 7:30 am – 10k
- 1:00 pm - Course Closes
Yes. Aid stations and portable toilets are located throughout the course at approximately every 2 to 3 miles. Hydration at aid stations will include a mix of water and Gatorade available in cups and bottles. Limited energy gels will be available at mile 19 of the marathon course only.
Yes! Bring signs, noisemakers (more cowbell!) and positive energy to cheer on the runners. Course maps are provided online to pick the best spot to cheer on runners. Please follow all traffic laws. Do NOT stop in the middle of the road and impede traffic. Spectators should follow proper social distancing guidelines.
No. Due to COVID-19 safety considerations and the proximity of parking, gear check will not be offered.
Yes. The full- and half-marathon course features time pacers. Look for your desired time in the staging area. For more information, visit https://heartlandmarathon.org/pacers
No. Simply look for the pacer signs with your desired finish time at the start line.
Access parking and the race course from Abbott Drive, as Riverfront Drive is closed from the south.
Parking will be available in designated lots at River City Star, 151 Freedom Park Road, Omaha, NE, and on the Gallup Riverfront Campus, 1001 Gallup Drive, Omaha, NE, both of which are close to the start/finish area. Please look for signs identifying the designated parking areas.
Packet Pickup is Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m at Courtyard by Marriott Omaha Downtown/Old Market, 101 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68102.
Yes. You may pick up packets for others. Please make sure to let them know you are picking up their packet so there is no confusion or “lost” packets.