LDR News & Announcements

We are pleased to announce that Stacy Stodden has accepted the position of LDR Vice-Chair for Road Racing. Stacy will be a key member of the LDR Team as we work to provide high quality competitive Road Racing opportunities for the Nebraska running community.

“We are excited to have Stacy on the LDR team and look forward to helping her shape the future of Road Racing in Nebraska” according to Matt Scott, USATF Nebraska LDR Chair.

Stacy started running for fun in her early 40s and she fell in love with it. Her passion for the sport led her to coaching high school track.

Stacy has competed in every kind of race and distance, from 1 mile to 100 miles. She has competed in track meets, road races, cross country, ultras and trail running.

According to Stacy, racing has taught her humility and the love of competition. She is looking forward to building a passion for running for all ages in Nebraska!

Stacy is married with four kids, and 15 grand children.

Some of Stacy’s most memorable races :
2007-pikes Peak half marathon
2012 Omaha Marathon: 3:03 First place master
2013 Boston Marathon( year of the bombing)
2015 Boston marathon
Rocky raccoon 100 mile race USATF : first place masters
2013 Melbourne Florida USATF half marathon 1:26 at age 47 Third place masters
2021-1500 USATF championship -4th place Age group. 5:27
2022-1500 USATF Championship- 4 th place Age group 5:35

Please welcome Stacy to the LDR team!

(posted November 11, 2022)

We are pleased to announce that Mike Bickley has accepted the position of LDR Vice-Chair for Cross County.

Mike will oversee the Cross Country committee and lead the Nebraska Associations LDR efforts to provide high level XC opportunities for our athletes and the running community at large.

Mike has been running since the fourth grade. He is a 3-time Nebraska State medalist, a USATF 3200m National Title holder in the youth division, and he ran in the Prefontaine Memorial 10k receiving 1st place in his age group and 10th place overall. Mike is also the co-founder and head Coach of the 402 XC and Track team.

Mike coaches because he is passionate about keeping running relevant for the next generation and beyond. He also believes that running prepares you for life. By putting the work in you can achieve the results you want.

Mike is married to Brianna and they have 2 sons, Porter and Eli.

If you see Mike this weekend at the State High School XC Championships make sure to say hello.

If you are interested in being part of the LDR Cross County committee please DM us or email matt@ah-fi.org.

(posted October 27, 2022)

USATF Nebraska is proud to announce that Matt Scott has been elected the new Long Distance Running (LDR) Chair.

Matt replaces Tristan Nelson, who has served as the chair for the last four years. The new chair would like to thank Tristan for his service to the organization. Matt is looking forward to working with Tristan through the transition and into the future.

We have some exciting things in the works for our LDR community and we will be making some announcements soon on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions or ideas on how to make things better, please email Matt at matt@ah-fi.org.

PS – please share our Facebook page with your running friends and ask them to give us a like.

(posted October 23, 2022)

Valley ONE Marathon and Half Marathon bills itself as “The World’s Flattest Closed Road Marathon!” With a mere 32′ of total elevation gain the course did not disappoint. Both the full and half courses are World Athletics Federation Certified and are specifically designed to allow athletes to “Run To Your Potential!” Runners from around the U.S. and beyond gathered on April 24th and enjoyed the 13.1 mile loop(s) of asphalt country roads in western Douglas County. Resulting in some of the finest road racing performances in Nebraska history. Valley ONE was also honored to host the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Selection Race for Ambulatory Athletes.

The World Athletics Federation Certification yielded eleven state soil records as follows: Rory Linkletter established Men’s 5K (14:18), 10K (29:00), 15K (44:27) 20K (1:00:29) and Half Marathon* (1:03:57). Stephanie Bruce rewrote the records for women’s 5K (16:13), 10K (32:34), 15K (49:23), 20K (1:06:19) and Half Marathon (1:09:55). * Dominic Korir would drop the half marathon record to 1:03:45 just 8 days later at the Lincoln Half Marathon.

The top 10 men in the half were under 1:07 and the top 8 women were under Pasca Meyer’s previous state best of 1:14:54 (2019 Lincoln Half Marathon.)
Vianey De La Rosa (2:30:02) took over 12 minutes off of Roxi Erickson’s state soil record of 2:42:45 set way back at the 1996 Lincoln Marathon. Adam Bohach ran 2:27:52 for the win and bragging rights for fastest marathon in Nebraska for the year (so far!) The Men’s state soil record in the marathon is Phil Coppess’ 2:16:30, 1985 Lincoln Marathon.

Valley ONE Marathon also served as the USATF Nebraska championships in 2021. Association Champs were Tim Langdon (2:51:32) and Emily Langdon (3:43:31), both took home a nice $600 payday as USATF Nebraska members.

Valley ONE Marathon and Half Marathon are excited to host runners of all abilities again April 16, 2022!

Valley ONE Marathon and Half Marathon are wholly owned and operated by Nebraska Run Guru, a 501 (c) 3 not for profit that administers events throughout the year to provide healthy lifestyle opportunities for youth and adults.

Will Lindgren
Executive Director, Nebraska Run Guru
Executive Director, Valley ONE Marathon
(402) 917-7818

(posted September 3, 2021)

Boston Marathon Runners
2017 Boston Marathon Runners from Lincoln, NE
Left to Right, White shirt red n Kathy OcCansey, blue shirt back row Kevin Burke, stripe shirt Jason McCown, grey shirt holding red hat Dave Coleman, red shirt back row Tom Volk, back row above the three girls Ryan Schmidt, the three girls Michelle Paxton, Amy McCracken, Michelle Schmidt, brown shirt Brett Daugherty, grey shirt Paul Brinkman, black shirt Kim Jungck, kneeling Joeth Zucco, Sue Hartman, Brian Harrifeld.