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When it comes to healthy living, Greater Omaha is on the ball. It’s also on the trail... in the pool… on the links…

We encourage active lifestyles here and we make it easy to follow through—just pick your passion. Runners, walkers and cyclists can cruise miles of paved trails. A long-awaited 20-mile bicycle street route is also in the works. More than 200 parks are perfect for fishing, skateboarding and boating. Want to play recreational softball, baseball, soccer or hockey? The YMCA and other sports associations will find a team for you. Prefer swimming or tennis? We provide outstanding public and private, indoor and outdoor facilities.

Greater Omaha is home to more than 50 public and private golf courses, and many of the game’s biggest names have played our greens. We score national attention each summer as host of the Cox Classic Golf Tournament at Champions Run. In 2013, the historic Omaha Country Club will host the U.S. Senior Open, the club’s first ever United States Golf Association Championship. Mark Calcavecchia, Fred Couples, Greg Norman and Vijay Singh are among those eligible to play.

The superstars of swimming will be back in Omaha in 2012 as we, again, host the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at Qwest Center Omaha. The 2008 trials drew a record 160,000 fans over eight days. Swimmers, including Michael Phelps, set a total of nine world records and 21 American records.

Adding to the excitement in 2012—the return of March Madness, Omaha-style! The NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds will hold court at Qwest Center Omaha.

While spectating is a thrill, we also thrive on participating in the big events.

Tens of thousands of runners and walkers line up for the annual Omaha Marathon, Corporate Cup Run and other competitive and charitable challenges. Last August, we added another event to the endurance roster—the Olympic-length Omaha Triathlon, Omaha’s first USA Triathlon. Participants swam 1.5-kilometers in Lake Cunningham in northwest Omaha, cycled 40-kilometers and finished with a 10-kilometer run.

Thanks to magazines like Men’s Health, Omaha is developing a reputation as one of the healthiest cities in the U.S. It’s no wonder; our residents are, indeed, actively involved.

Rolling in North Downtown

Ben Swan and Sarah Johnson are working in tandem to turn the “Big O“ into the “Big OO,“ a city that’s all about two wheels. Swan is the owner, Johnson the manager of Greenstreet Cycles, the only shop of its kind in the blossoming North Downtown Omaha district. “We thought there was a big void with the downtown market,“ said Johnson.

Rolling since March, Greenstreet Cycles sells and services all types of bicycles — from mountain and road bikes to transportation-specific bikes for the eco-friendly and active commuter. “We’re trying to position ourselves as the commuting shop in Omaha,“ said Johnson.

Active involvement in the community is a Greenstreet hallmark. In addition to its educational efforts, the shop offers a free “bike taxi service“ to downtown visitors and organizes group rides throughout the week. “I don’t want to just sell people bikes; I want to give them the full experience,“ said Johnson.

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