Why I picked cross country for my first high school activity, I have no idea.  Nobody in my family – close or extended- was a runner.  Yet sign up, I did.  In fact, I lettered all four years, and I kept the course.  But that is really not that impressive since we did not even have enough runners for a full team …  (Although I could have gone to Waverly, I attended the smaller Lincoln Christian instead).  Well, I planned on hanging up my running shoes after high school yet over two decades later, I have continued running at least a few times each month for some of my workouts.  I guess I have to say that I am a runner.

Over the past several years, more and more people seem to be catching the running bug.  Additional marathons seem to be happening in Nebraska along with runs involving every thing from colors to Christmas sweaters.  Not surprisingly as a tourism writer, I am not a big fan of the events that are put on by big companies.  Especially ones that are not even directly associated with Nebraska.  Thankfully local events can be found all across the state through the summer months.

One of the events is happening four weeks from today.  Waverly is a small town nearby Lincoln that often celebrates with its own community events.  (For instance, spending the 4th of July provides all sorts of fun events including a parade).  One other annual event is their Fun Run.  What is great about this event is that options are available for the WHOLE family.  You can choose to walk or run a 5K (which starts first at 8:00 a.m.) or you can run the 1 mile event which starts at 9 in the morning.

Where to find the Waverly Fun Run

This event takes place at the Camp Creek Threshers grounds, and you can find this place east of Waverly.  If you also are a former cross country runner, you will appreciate the course that goes across various terrain.  No pavement which can be hard on your knees and shins!  Plus prizes will be given out. In the 5K race the top three male and female overall finishers will receive cash awards and there are unique artisan-made medals from The Potter’s House.  Age group awards will be given in 10 year increments.  If you register by June 15th, the deadline, you will get a great running t-shirt.  Sign up today!


Author: neodyssey

My name is Gretchen Garrison. I started this blog about Nebraska in 2013. So far, I have written three books about Nebraska and Lincoln.