Course was great - slight hills are start/end, but the middle section was FLAT. Weather was great for 2017. The MapMyRun GPS map and course map showed 26.2 but you add the "field" run at the end so my watch read 26.59 and my phone 26.5. Wish they had an accurate representation of the course
Tons of aid stations and great volunteers - Heed products at all. We learned to yell "Heed?" as we came up so the right ones would step forward. The very last aid station was at mile 25 (or 1 for the 10K which started at 11 am). The marathoners had to dodge 10K folks to get aid, it was doable, but maybe a head volunteer could correct this by having volunteers looking the other way too.
Very little course support from residents. That was fine by us (a friend and ran every step together) but be aware if you want crowd support. Awards ceremony needs more people - you had to wait through every name to pick up an award from an already announced race. Post race drank a chocolate milk, didn't take any food.
Lady who designed shirts and medals was great - as were both of those. Probably my favorite marathon shirt ever. Also, got a PR so it was a great day in Omaha!
Prepare for a long course if you're trying to PR, fantastic police presence on course, utterly amazing.
Get a hotel close by and walk to and from (ask for late checkout). Check out Old Market for food the night before! Upstream Brewing Company
By BushLeague about 2016
Due to a police-involved shooting (they took down a tweaker who had been shooting at moving cars, which were heading to the race, with a .22), the race was delayed and the course altered, thereby removing its certification this go-round. HITS Endurance handled the circumstances poorly, and with a notable lack of class, fairness, and professionalism...
Aid stations were plentiful, however.
If you have to run this race, do NOT assume the course will be certified. Lincoln is likely a better choice, and an easy drive from Omaha