Race registration is open to runners, joggers and walkers of all ages for the 2018 Laugh-and-a-half-marathon on Saturday, June 16 in Norfolk, Nebraska. The event includes a half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and a kid’s fun run race. This year’s race theme is Run for Your Laugh.
New for 2018 is the addition of the Laugh-and-a-half team challenge. Participants can choose to join a team to be eligible for special prize drawings. Participants can join a team at the time they register or after, up until the registration deadline. Teams must be comprised of two or more members and there is no limit to the number of team members per team, however, each team must have a captain.
Teams will compete in several categories including best dressed, best team theme, funniest team, best team name and biggest team. Winning team members are eligible to receive a special team photo, Great American Comedy Festival tickets or free entry into next year’s race.
Named a "Top Race Worth Traveling For" in the state of Nebraska, as well as included in the book, “The Runner’s Bucket List: 200 Races to Run Before You Die”, the Laugh-and-a-half-marathon race routes follow alongside the Elkhorn River on the beautiful and scenic Cowboy Trail with a start and finish at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park. The kid’s fun run is held within the park.
$100 in prize money and a winner's trophy is awarded to the overall male and female half-marathon race winners with all half-marathon finishers receiving a special finisher medal. All participants receive a t-shirt and free access to the pre-race pasta party and post-race pancake feed.
The inspiration for the event is due in part to Norfolk native Johnny Carson and is held the same weekend as the Great American Comedy Festival. Event sponsors, Faith Regional Health Services and 94.7 KNEN, have partnered to promote wellness and ensure funds raised through the event support pediatric needs in northeast Nebraska.
Over $70,000 in funds have been raised over the last seven years helping fund projects including Norfolk’s Pedal Park, a kid’s bicycle safety course in Norfolk, TheraPlay, a specialized outpatient pediatric therapy area at Faith Regional Rehabilitation Therapies, state-of-the-art equipment for Faith Regional Pediatrics, and an inclusive playground in Norfolk called Embrace Park.
In addition to registered runners, the event’s organizers are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event. Whether it is staffing water stations, handing medals, or cheering and helping direct runners along the course, a variety of volunteer opportunities are available. To sign up to volunteer, call 94.7 KNEN at (402) 371-0100.
Learn more and register for the races at www.laughandahalfmarathon.com.