Atkinson Festival of Races 1st Place $1,000

Event Date

Sat, May 24, 2014


Atkinson, NE

About This Activity

Welcome to our Festival of Races in the Sandhills Region of Nebraska where you will be greeted with small town hospitality. A $1,000 1st, $500 2nd and $250 3rd place prizes in the half marathon men's division and half marathon women's division is sure to entice you to participate. That's right you read correctly, BIG prize money in both half marathon divisions. Register as an individual or register as a 2-person relay team. Relay teams can be co-ed, male or female. Relay teams are restricted from winning the prize. Each person on the relay team must go through the registration process.

Want a shorter race? Enter to run in our 5K or enter to walk in our 2.5 mile walk. 

All race participants will be treated to a FREE breakfast at the conclusion of their race. Their guests are invited to the free breakfast but will be asked to provide a free will donation.

All Sport Central will be providing the following: Chip Timing for all race events except for the 2.5 mile walk, photography, Time Tracker and live results.

The Sandhills Region of Nebraska welcomes runners to Atkinson, Nebraska. The flat course is comprised of paved and gravel roads that run through downtown and surrounding neighborhoods where runners will be greeted with cheers from energetic spectators and then the half marathon course travels out into our beautiful gently rolling prairies and agriculture community utilizing paved roads and gravel roads while crossing the scenic Elkorn River multiple times and visiting the Atkinson Lake at Mill Race Park. The start and finish lines will be located downtown on Main Street. The 5k and 2.5 mile walk course will be on part of the same course as the half marathon but will stay on the streets in town. Streets in town will be closed to all traffic during the races. All courses will close at 11 am.  To view the courses, please visit  We plan to have the half marathon course certified.

The average temperature for May is in the 70s.

There are many area attractions to take advantage of during the long weekend (Memorial Day weekend). Bring the family. To learn about area attractions, visit and click on "Things to Do". We are located in the Sandhills Region.

Also on this website you can learn about the Places To Stay in the Sandhills Region., visit or visit our website for a list of lodging.

Event schedule and times

  • Memorial Day Weekend - Saturday, May 24, 2014
  • Race start time 7:30 AM CST

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