Nebraska Market to Market® Relay 50k

Nebraska’s Only Point-to-Point Ultra-Marathon


Grandpa's Woods to Lincoln - Saturday October 11th, 2014

Wave A - 11:00 a.m. | Wave B - 11:45 a.m.

The Course

Marathon Schmarathon. Take your running distance to the next level with Nebraska’s only point-to-point 50k. Whether this is your first ultra or you are a seasoned veteran, the Market to Market® 50k offers something unique for everyone.

The race starts from Grandpas Woods Golf Course near the village of Murdock and slices south along gravel roads and then west along crushed limestone trails towards the prairie capitol of Lincoln. The MoPac Trail, a former railroad line, will be your constant companion as you tick off the miles through canopied woodlands and freshly harvested fields. Along the way, you’ll visit Nebraska villages like Elmwood, Eagle and Walton before dashing over Lincoln’s Haymarket Bridge and across the finish line.

After the race, the festivities continue as you celebrate your accomplishment with thousands of runners over food, drink and music. Register Now. This one-of-a-kind experience is capped at 220 athletes.

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Registration Dates and Entry Fees

  • $60 – Super Early Registration | Until 4/1, 11:59 p.m.
  • $65 - Early Registration | Until 6/1, 11:59 p.m.
  • $75 - Regular Registration | Until 8/1, 11:59 p.m.
  • $85 - Late Registration | Until 10/1, 7:00 a.m.
  • + Online Registration will close on October 1, 7:00 a.m. or once 220 runners have been reached.
  • + There will be no race day registration.
  • + Waiver must be signed in order to process your registration.
  • + There will be no refunds or bib transfers.
  • + In the event of race cancellation due to weather, we are not able to offer refunds.
  • + Due to the nature of this event occurring in tandem with the Market to Market® Relay, the 50k race cannot be delayed due to weather. Hazardous weather occurring at the start of the race may result in cancellation.
  • + 7 Hour Time Limit (~14 minutes per mile). Intermediate Cut-Off located at mile 21.0.


Competitive? The course is a certified 50k and is also host to the 2014 Nebraska USATF State Championship.

  • + Top Male & Female Overall
  • + Top 3 Male & Female (under 30)
  • + Top 3 Male & Female (under 40)
  • + Top 3 Male & Female (under 50)
  • + Top 3 Male & Female (50+)
  • + Medals for all 50k finishers

Overall Winners will receive a one-of-a-kind Market to Market® 50k Handmade Beer Growler Award and gift cards. Top 3 Age Division winners will receive a special Market to Market® 50k Gold Rimmed Pint Glass Award and a gift cards from Red Dirt Running Company. All finishers will receive a Market to Market® 50k Finisher Medal that doubles as a bottle opener. Cheers!


Limited to 220 Runners

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Friday October 10, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Packet Pickup

Saturday October 11, 2014

Event Wave A Wave B
Arrive at Lincoln Haymarket 9:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Buses depart Lincoln Haymarket 9:45 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
Buses arrive at Starting Line Area 10:30 a.m. 11:15 a.m.
Race Starts 11:00 a.m. 11:45 a.m.

Packet Pickup

Friday, October 10, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Lincoln:
  • Max Muscle ((map))
  • 7301 South 27th Street #140
  • Lincoln, NE 68512
  • Omaha:
  • Red Dirt Running Company (map)
  • 17660 Wright Street
  • Omaha, NE 68130

*Race Day Packet Pick-Up will be located at the Race Day Parking Lot near the Shuttle Bus departure location at Haymarket Park, Lincoln Nebraska. (Map).

Aid Stations

There will be 9 Aid Stations for 50k runners ranging from 2.7 to 3.9 miles apart. Each Aid Station will consist of water refills, sports drink mix, bananas, oranges, pretzels, potato chips, crackers, and other fun surprises. Aid Station Foods and Snacks will be provided by Whole Foods Market Omaha and will be hosted by the Greater Omaha Area Trail Runners (G.O.A.T.z). A Super Aid Station will be located at mile 21.0 in Walton and will include beefed up food and the Drop Bag Location.

View the Aid Station Food Matrix

**Do not rely solely on Aid Stations to provide your nutrition! You should be eating and drinking throughout the course. This will help keep you healthy and will certainly improve your performance. Remember to carry your own refillable water bottle!

  • + 310th Street | mile 3.8
  • + 286th Street | mile 7.2
  • + 250th Street | mile 10.4
  • + Eagle | mile 13.7
  • + 162nd Street | mile 17.6
  • + Walton | mile 21.0 | ***Super Aid Station ~hosted by the G.O.A.T.z***
    - Drop Bag Location and Extra Awesome Food
  • + MoPac Trailhead: 84th Street | mile 23.7
  • + Lincoln: McAdam's Park | 44th Street | mile 26.8
  • + Lincoln: 17th & Salt Creek Roadway | mile 29.7

Recommend items to carry on your person:

  • + 1 Nutrition Bar
  • + 2-3 Energy Gels
  • + Salt replacement tablets
  • + At least 1 water bottle (REQUIRED)
  • + Cell Phone

All Market to Market® 50k participants must carry some form of hydration on their person (Hydration pack, hand held water bottle, waist belt, etc). You will perform better if you drink liquids consistently (every 10-15 minutes) along the course. Aid Stations will provide water bottle refills.

Drop Bags

Drop Bags will be allowed for all 50k participants and must fit in a provided 1 gallon bag. The drop off location for Drop Bags will be located at the Start Line Area on race day. Bags will be taken to the Drop Bag Super Aid Station available at mile 21.0 in Walton, Nebraska. Drop Bags will be taken to the Finish Line Area once the Drop Bag Aid Station in Walton closes at approximately 4:30 p.m. Drop Bags not picked up at the Finish Line will be discarded or donated. Please plan accordingly.

Drop Bag Checklist | must fit in a provided 1 gallon bag

  • + 3 Gels of your Choice
  • + 1 Nutrition bars of your choice
  • + Drink Powder of your choice
  • + Medication of your choice
  • + Extra socks
  • + Extra performance shirt
  • + Blister Kit
  • + Sunscreen
  • + Band-aids
  • + Headlamp (if finishing after 7pm)

Cutoff Times

There will be a 7 hour finishing time maximum (~14 min/mile pace). Runners finishing after 7 hours will not be provided with a finishing time. There will be an intermediate cutoff time at 4:30 p.m. in Walton, Nebraska, mile 21.0. Runners arriving at Walton after 4:30 p.m., regardless of their Starting Wave, will be asked to drop. You will be placed in your starting wave based on your predicted finishing time. Please be respectful of race officials if you are asked to drop - no discussion. You will be provided with transportation back to the Finish Line Area if you cannot get a ride.

Please note, mile 21.0, after the cut-off time, is the only place we provide transportation back to the finish line. If you decided to drop out anywhere else on the course, you are responsible for your own transportation, unless it is an emergency. Volunteers MIGHT be able to assist you in placing a phone call if possible. Have a plan in case you need to drop out early.

Race Day Info

Arrival Information | Parking, Drop Offs & Shuttles

Please do not park or get dropped off at the Start Line Area. There is absolutely no parking available at the Start Line Area. No questions. This would increase congestion and reduce safety on the Market to Market® Relay course..

Please follow directions below:

Parking and Drop Offs (Map)

Only park or get dropped off at the official 50k Arrival Parking Area located at Lincoln Haymarket Park’s southernmost parking lot along N 4th Street. This parking area is conveniently located near the finish line. You will meet the buses here for your shuttle out to the Start Line Area. If you haven’t picked up your Race Packet, you can do so at this time. Please arrive prior to your Wave’s bus departure time. Make sure you get on the correct bus for your correct Wave.

Shuttles (Map)

Shuttle buses depart Lincoln Haymarket Park’s southernmost parking lot along N 4th Street. Wave A buses will depart Haymarket Park for the Start Line Area at 9:45 a.m. Wave B buses will depart Haymarket Park for the Start Line Area at 10:30 a.m. Be sure to arrive early. If you miss the bus, please do not attempt to drive to the Start Line Area. It will only contribute to congestion for the Market to Market® Relay. Thank you for arriving early for the shuttle and not missing your bus.

Race Day Checklist

  • + Eat a proper breakfast. Stay hydrated.
  • + Check the weather. Plan accordingly. Make final adjustments to your Drop Bag.
  • + Know your starting wave. Wave A or Wave B.
  • + Know your bus departure time. 9:45 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.
  • + Bring snacks and food for the bus ride. (~30 minute bus ride).
  • + Arrive 30 minutes prior to your bus departure time.

Course Safety

Course Markings

The course will be marked at turns only. Make sure you know the course and follow course markings carefully. For the most part, the route for the Market to Market® Relay course will be the same as for the 50k course and you will follow the same signage. Where the courses differ, you will specifically follow signage for the 50k course. Make sure to follow signs for the 50k course at these points. Signage for the 50k should be obvious.


A wide range of weather conditions are possible at this time in Nebraska. Extreme heat, wind, rain, lightning and even snow are possible. Plan accordingly and choose your Drop Bag items wisely. The race will be starting in the early afternoon which could mean perfect running conditions. However, it could be rather warm or even hot. Plan your hydration & nutrition needs accordingly.

Course Hazards

This is an open course and parts of the course are run on roads. Please run against traffic on all roads unless otherwise instructed by volunteers or signed. The running route also crosses several roads that could be potentially busy and dangerous. Use caution. Look both ways twice and listen for approaching cars before crossing. Please no headphones.

Medical Support and Emergency Information

Medical Support will be available throughout the course if you need assistance. In case of emergency on the course, notify the nearest volunteer or Ham Radio operator. If needed, dial 911 and relay as many specific details as possible.

Dropping Out

Mile 21.0, after the cut-off time, is the only place we provide transportation back to the finish line. If you decided to drop out anywhere else on the course, you are responsible for your own transportation, unless it is an emergency. Volunteers MIGHT be able to assist you in placing a phone call if possible. Have a plan in case you need to drop out early.

Gatorade Post-Race Shindig & Expo

Just beyond the finish line will be the Gatorade Post-Race Shindig & Expo where everyone can celebrate their accomplishment of completing the course. All 50k finishers will receive a sweet finisher’s gift and top finishers will receive prizes. The Gatorade Post-Race Shindig will have food and beverages for purchase, a large beer & wine garden, music, sponsor freebies and much. Plan on enjoying the festivities in the Haymarket once you finish the race, and have your family and friends join in the fun!

Spectator Guide

Spectators are asked to NOT arrive at the Start Line Area or the majority of the 50k Aid Stations. These areas will be extremely congested as they are also used by vehicles from the Market to Market® Relay which is occurring at the same time as the 50k. Additional spectators from the 50k will increase congestion and make things difficult for Market to Market® Relay volunteers, vehicle drivers and runners.

Please respect this safety concern and only watch the race only at the following areas:

  • + Elmwood, Nebraska | runner mile 6.1
  • + Eagle, Nebraska | runner mile 13.5
  • + 148th & O Street | runner mile 18.6
  • + 98th & A Street | runner mile 22.5
  • + 46th & W Street | runner mile 26.7
  • + Finish Area, 8th & T Street | runner mile 31.06

Download a printable Spectator Guide

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Market to Market® 50k Training Plan

So – you’ve already accomplished the marathon, but you want more. You have decided to cross the ultra-marathon off your bucket list and need a 50k training plan. Look no further. Our Market to Market® 50K training plan was developed by Christy Nielsen of Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital and is perfect for first time and intermediate ultra runners looking to have a successful 50k race. This 50k training plan will have you ready and smiling at the finish line!