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It’s early morning and the sun is starting to kiss the sky. The tops of the trees are glowing and while the trail is peaceful, I am not alone. As the day wears on, the trail will beckon many more runners to log their daily miles. We are runners and we consider Lincoln both home and an amazing running city.

There is so much to love about Lincoln. Every time I travel, I can’t help but compare my city to far away destinations. Every time I come to the same conclusion; I am so happy to call Lincoln home. Our city has an amazing network of trails, a vibrant running community, and an offering of supremely well-organized running events that rival those of larger cities.

Vibrant Running Community
The running community here is made of the most amazing group of people. Our runners are a close-knit group with amazing leaders. The Lincoln Track Club, Pink Gorilla Events, and other local groups support and organize local running events. There are group runs and group training programs for all ages and abilities. Runners can find a group for beginning 5K to marathon training. Come to Lincoln, and you will find a caring, genuine group who love running and love people.

Must-Do Races in Lincoln
There is no shortage of awesome events in Lincoln. Starting in the early winter/spring, runners will hit the trails to train for the Lincoln Marathon, which had 12,500 registrants for last year’s sold out event. Runners are cheered on throughout the course by Lincoln residents whose love of marathon weekend is demonstrated by their on-course support.

Come fall, runners are training for the Market to Market Relay. This unique event is the nation’s largest day-long running relay. Teams of 6 to 8 take to the course with their costumes and decked out vehicles for a day to remember.

The Good Life Halfsy is a fall point to point half marathon which runs across the city of Lincoln. The event celebrates local Nebraska culture and icons. The Halfsy illustrates why we call Nebraska “The Good Life.”

Pack your bags and don’t forget your running shoes. Come run, play and explore Lincoln.

- Alexandra Cohoon

Pink Gorilla EventsMeadowlark Music Festival
June – July | www.meadowlarkmusicfestival.com
Meadowlark’s mission is to make chamber music a necessary component of every Nebraskan’s definition of “The Good Life.” Meadowlark does this by presenting internationally renown artists in casual settings and at a fraction of the cost of larger organizations. Children 16 and under are always admitted free.

Lincoln Saltdogs
May – August | www.saltdogs.com
The Lincoln Saltdogs play at Haymarket Park, which is the setting for 50 home games. The Saltdogs are a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, which includes teams from Canada to Texas.

The Haymarket Farmer’s Market
May – October (Saturdays 8 a.m. – Noon)
www.lincolnhaymarket.org
Local entertainers, farm-fresh produce, baked goods, jams, jellies, honey, fresh and dried flowers, bedding plants, herbs and hand-crafted items will be for sale.

LINCOLN MARATHON
May | www.lincolnrun.org
There will be an expected 15,000 participants for the 39th annual Lincoln/National Guard Marathon and Half Marathon, presented by Pepsi. The race begins at 14th and Vine Streets and will finish on the 50-yard line inside Memorial Stadium.

Friday Nights Live Summer Concert Series
May – August | www.southpointeshopping.com
Enjoy fabulous live music, food and fun every Friday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., in the lush Center Courtyard of SouthPointe Pavilions Shopping Center. A goodwill donation per person requested to benefit charitable organizations. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome.

Lincoln Beer Week
May | www.lnkbeerweek.com
Lincoln Beer Week is an annual event devoted to one of man’s greatest creations, beer! Lincoln Beer Week celebrates craft beer by bringing craft beer to the masses. Events range from tastings, to tap takeovers, to beer pairings, to full-fledged parties.

Renaissance Festival
May | www.jamesarthurvineyards.com
Go back in time to when kings ruled, giants roamed and dragons populated the countryside. Members of Lincoln’s Society for Creative Anachronism, dressed in period costume, will inhabit the grounds with displays and demonstrations of what it was like to live in the days of kings and castles. The vineyard will offer concessions and wine tasting.

Cornhusker State Games
July | www.NebraskaSportsCouncil.com
From aquatics to wrestling, the Cornhusker State Games will take place in the Lincoln/Omaha areas. Featuring competitions in 60+ sports with 13,000-15,000 athletes vying for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Olympic-style pageantry takes place at Seacrest Field in Lincoln with entertainment galore.

Lancaster County Super Fair
August | www.SuperFair.org
Come let the good times grow at one of the largest county fairs in the USA! Enjoy many free attractions like racing pigs, petting zoo and nightly concerts. Experience carnival rides, fair food, theme days, thrilling motor sports and much more. Call (402) 441-6545 for more information.

Capital City Ribfest
August | www.PinnacleBankArena.com
Nebraska Pork Producers Capital City Ribfest will be at the Pinnacle Bank Arena Festival Lot located just north of the arena. The Capital City Ribfest features award-winning barbecue from around the country and some of best local and regional live music during the four-day event.

CORNHUSKER FOOTBALL
September – November | www.huskers.com
The University of Nebraska Cornhuskers play at Memorial Stadium. Named to honor all veterans, the stadium holds more than 91,000 and on home-game days becomes the state’s third-largest “city.” The home of the Huskers has been sold out since 1962.

Market to Market Relay
October www.markettomarketrelay.com
The Market to Market Relay is Nebraska’s running road trip. The largest day-long relay in the nation, takes teams from Omaha to Lincoln. Teams of six, seven or eight friends run three stages per person varying in distance from three to five miles each.

Lincoln Stars Hockey
October – April | www.lincolnstars.com
Fast-paced, hard hitting and highly skilled USHL hockey played at The Ice Box, in Lincoln, voted top five places to see a Jr. Hockey game in North America. An unbelievable pre-game light show, fun filled contests, future NHL’ers and the USHL’s best fans. A Stars game is an evening to be experienced.

Boo at the Zoo
October | www.lincolnzoo.org
Boo at the Zoo is Lincoln’s largest trick-or-treat event. The entire family will love stopping at over 40 trick-or-treat booths to get candy, coupons, and more. All of the money raised during Boo at the Zoo directly supports the Zoo. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.LincolnZoo.org.

GOOD LIFE HALFSY
November | www.goodlifehalfsy.com
The Good Life Halfsy is more than a half marathon. It’s a fun-filled weekend celebrating Nebraska and its people, landmarks, icons and culture. There’s something special about this place and we’re running through the streets of Lincoln to let the secret out. Some would call it a half marathon. We call it the Halfsy.

Holiday Spectacular
December | www.lincolnchildrensmuseum.org
Lincoln Children’s Museum invites families to kick off the holiday season at Holiday Spectacular! Of course no holiday party would be complete without a visit from Santa, who can be found in his Nebraska workshop right in the Museum! It’s a night of song, dance, storytelling, indoor snowball fights, decoration making and special guest appearances.

HOLIDAYS IN THE HAYMARKET
December | www.lincolnhaymarket.org
The event is held from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday nights in December. See Santa strolling through the streets and enjoy entertainment throughout the Haymarket. Also, enjoy a horse and carriage ride! 7th and P Streets. Call (402) 435-7496 for more details.

Pinnacle Bank Arena highlights Lincoln’s entertainment sceneLincoln binges on live entertainment, and our dedicated night owls crave variety. The capital city music scene listens to the community and responds to their interests for certain kinds of artists, diverse shows and more unforgettable performances.

As the desire for entertainment grows, so has Lincoln, like in 2013 when it built Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Pinnacle Bank Arena glistens in the downtown Haymarket district, attracting world-class entertainers like Michael Bublé, Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean to legendary rock stars like Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney and Elton John. The $179 million state-of-the art venue features a 15,200 seat multi-use arena, 36 suites, 20 loge boxes and 832 club seats. Distributed over 450,000 square-feet on four concourse levels, it also serves as home court for the University of Nebraska — Lincoln men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Maintaining community identity is important to all who call Lincoln home, so venues and theaters of all sizes and styles thrive here. The Lied Center for the Performing Arts is a handsome building that welcomes a gamut of performances like musicals, speakers, dance and comedy. Pinewood Bowl Theater is an entirely outdoor music hall set in Pioneers Park, for when a breeze through your hair is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite songs.

"Lincoln’s entertainment scene is diverse," said Jeff Maul, executive director of the Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The entertainment scene caters to those looking for a nice quiet evening with the arts and something fun and creative for the family,” Maul said. “For those that are looking for opportunities to enjoy the live music scene, there are many new and traditional music venues as well.”

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