COMMUNITY: The race has created a community of runners, veterans, volunteers, veteran organizations and business partners. Challenge and service create the strongest bonds and our community is proof.


The Big Red Challenge was founded in November 2012 by two University of Nebraska–Lincoln ROTC students, Stephen Glendenning and Nate Schimmel, who both are currently serving on Active Duty. Since then, Big Red Challenge has grown into a diverse group of dedicated volunteers.



Want to get involved but not interested in running? We need 200+ volunteers to make the race day a success! Whether it is packing swag bags, manning packet pick-up, guiding runners along the course or other clandestine activities, we need your help! Thanks for helping us honor our veterans and servicemembers!

Follow the link to sign up to volunteer!

If you have any questions, want to get on the volunteer list, or have a large group that would like to get involved, please email Connie Belt at or with the subject line BRC 2019 Volunteer.


Interested in donating to Big Red Challenge? Donations go directly towards our mission of helping veterans transition into civilian life through Challenge, Service, and Community. Thank you for your support!