The Challenge

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2018 Race – Runner Info

2018 Race – Elite Runner Info and Rules

2018 Race Map

When is the race? Our 5th Annual Big Red Challenge will take place on June 9, 2018 in the Railyard (Lincoln, NE)!

Start times:
10K Elite: 9am
Lil’ Red Challenge will start shortly after the 10K Elite runners
10K Non-Competitive: 9:15am
5K Non-Competitive: 9:45am

What do I get as a runner?
 Great question! All runners will get a t-shirt and Dog Tags as a finisher medal.

One of the dog tags will have a couple names of Nebraska’s Fallen Heroes on it. If you have a name of a fallen Nebraska veteran, email the name to us at social@bigredchallenge.com and we will select a handful of names at random to be featured on the dog tags. Please submit the following information by March 30, 2018: Person’s name with rank, age, where they are from, branch of service, KIA date, a high resolution photo, and a short bio of them (approximately a paragraph long).

What should Veterans & Active Duty bring to packet pick-up? Please bring your Military ID, VA ID or DD-214 to packet pick-up. Thank you for your service!
*Note: Discount only applies to the service member.

Can children run in the 10K or 5K? Yes they can as long as his/her parent signs the waiver. For those young kids ages 2-13 years old who want to run but not the 5K or 10K, there will be a short kids race (a little over half of a mile) called the Lil’ Red Challenge around the Pinnacle Bank Arena with a couple obstacles to conquer along the way after the other races have started. Cost is $10 and the kiddos will get a dog tag finisher medal.

Is there a time limit to complete the 10K Elite Course? Yes, all 10K Elite Runners who wish to be eligible for prizes must cross the finish line by 11:30am and complete all the obstacles. There is no time limit per obstacle just as long as you finish by 11:30am.

*Awards will be announced at noon in the Railyard.

What are the age divisions for the 10K Elite? 
U19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+

What are the prizes for the 10K Elite Overall Winners? (Prizes are for both male and female)
1st place: $500, Big Red Challenge Shield, Medal, and entry into next race
2nd place: $300, Medal, and entry into next race
3rd place: $200, Medal and entry into next race

**Division winners (male and female) will get a finisher medal that is different than the one that the rest of the non-competitive runners get. If you are an “Overall Winner,” you are not eligible to win your age division.


What are the obstacles and how many are there? The 10K route will have up to 35obstacles and the 5K will have up to 25. Below are obstacles that will be included in the race. Some new obstacles may be added.

Can I skip obstacles? If you are running non-competitively, yes you can skip obstacles. However, if you are running in the 10K Elite Division, you must complete all of the obstacles to be eligible for the prizes. Runners in the 10K Elite division will be given a wristband at packet pick-up to wear during the race. Failure to complete an obstacle will result in cutting of the wristband.

*Note: Female Elite runners will be given two wristbands with the ability to fail one obstacle and still be in the running for prizes.

Areas for BRC 2018 below:

When is packet pick-up?
Omaha Packet Pick-up: Thursday, June 7, 2018 from Noon-6pm at Fleet Feet Omaha (17660 Wright St, Omaha, NE 68130)

Lincoln Packet Pick-up: Friday, June 8, 2018 from Noon-6pm at Fleet Feet Lincoln (7701 Pioneers Blvd Ste 2, Lincoln, NE 68506)

Runners can also pick up their packets on race day (June 9, 2018) starting at 7:30am in the Railyard (Canopy St, Lincoln, NE).
*Note: Runners are encouraged to pick up their packets before race day and may pick up packets for other runners. Please bring a photocopy of the person(s) ID.

Thank you to Fleet Feet for hosting our packet pick-ups! Make sure to check them out at: http://www.fleetfeetlincoln.com

Are the non-competitive races timed?
The non-competivite races will not be timed. We suggest self-timing or participating in the 10K Elite division for those of you wanting a finish time. Red Dirt Running will be providing the race timing services for the 10K Elite division and will be using the ChronoTrack System. Results will be available right after the race!

Do you have any training tips?
Check out these awesome training tips from Men’s Health Magazine: http://www.menshealth.com/tags/urbanathlon

Will there be water along the course? Yep, there will be four water stations on the course and water at the finish line. Water is being provided by Pepsi.

When does the Expo start? The Expo will take place on June 9, 2018 in the Railyard and will open at 7:30am and go until 1pm. 

*Note: Veteran Organizations can host a booth space at our expo free of charge! Email bigredchallenge@gmail.com if your group is interested! Limited space available!

Where should I park? There are several parking garages around the area as well as street/lot parking. Below you will find a few garage options:

Red 1 Garage – 555 “R” Street
Green 2 Garage – 530 “P” Street
Blue 3 Garage – 535 “P” Street

See map here.

*All entry fees are final and non-refundable. The race will take place rain or shine (unless lightning or other severe weather). Should the race have to be cancelled due to weather, race entries will not be refunded or applied to a future race and will be considered a donation. Thank you for your understanding.

This race is to support and honor veterans so wear red, white and blue, bring a flag, ruck sack, boot & uts, gas mask, or just a warrior spirit and have fun! Look forward to seeing you at the challenge! A portion of the net proceeds will go towards a local veteran organization.


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