Registration for the Lincoln half and full marathon opens Jan. 1 at 12:01 a.m. The registration cap is 12,500 runners, a record high for the annual event.
The 2013 race filled all 10,000 participant spots within 16 hours after registration opened. Race co-director Nancy Sutton also expects to sell out the May 4 race.
Organizers raised the registration cap by 2,500 participants after a 1.75-mile portion of the route was widened to accommodate more runners this year.
“Eventually we think we can take 15,000 (runners), but we want to make sure that we can do it right,” she said.
Crews started working on the Boosalis Trail expansion this past summer and completed the project in October.
Sutton said cyclists have since complained about unevenness on the trail. About 25 panels will be re-paved this spring to even the surface.
The 2014 race will feature new shirts and medals, and the race expo and packet pick-up will move to The Cornhusker hotel, near 13th and L Streets in downtown Lincoln. The move allows the 2014 race expo to accommodate 60 booths, up from last year's 28 at Lincoln's Embassy Suites.
The Lincoln Marathon course is unchanged: Runners will begin at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus and end inside Memorial Stadium. The race is a qualifing event for the Boston Marathon.
Registration for the half marathon is $60. The full marathon is $80. For more information or to register, visit lincolnmarathon.org.
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