If you're within earshot of Seacrest Field at 9 a.m. Sunday, there's a good chance you'll hear a world of cowbells, assuming you aren't banging one, when Lincoln's newest half-marathon commences.
The Good Life Halfsy's inaugural run sold out in about 36 hours, a testament to the reputation of Pink Gorilla Events (who also put on the massive Market to Market Relay, among other races). But Pink Gorilla's Jason Bakewell said the interest in a second major half-marathon run in Lincoln is part of a growing trend across the country. It's now the second-most-finished race distance among runners, behind only the 5K, according to a Runner's USA 2013 survey. As race day approaches, here's a little bit about the surge in half-marathon popularity and a whole lot more about Lincoln's Halfsy.
1 -- New course map. While it takes runners through some familiar territory, assuming they've ever run the Lincoln Marathon or Half-marathon, there's a new starting line (Seacrest Field) and a new finishing line (the Railyard) and a lot of Lincoln in-between. Take a look.
3,449 -- The total number of registered runners for the first Good Life Halfsy. Pink Gorilla's Ben Cohoon said there were only two inaugural half-marathons last year that had more than 5,000 runners, and the Halfsy, which sold out in about 36 hours, could have matched that. But Cohoon said they didn't want to break records, but rather build a race.
"Our goal with the race is first to put on a quality event and then work with the city to determine if we can add runners to the event in following years," he said.
493 -- Volunteers setting up and/or working Sunday's Good Life Halfsy. And they're still looking for a few more. For more info, go to goodlifehalfsy.com/support/#volunteer.
1,960,000 -- The estimated number of finishers in sanctioned U.S. half-marathons in 2013, a record, according to Running USA.
307 -- The percentage increase in half-marathon finishers compared to 2000's 482,000. And over the past decade, the half-marathon has become the fastest-growing distance run in the States, Running USA reported.
4 -- The number of cheer stations set up along the course. Here's where they'll be: Holmes Lake (2.5 miles into the run), Neighbors Park (6.2 miles in), Union Plaza (7.5 miles in) and Haymarket Park (12 miles and a short walk across the pedestrian bridge to the finish line).
5 -- Number of water stations along the course. There will be medical aid available at each, too.
30,000 -- The total number of cups -- 20,000 for water, 10,000 for Gatorade -- Halfsy volunteers have at their ready this Sunday.
1 -- Designated Twitter/Instagram hashtag for this race. Would you believe it is #Halfsy? (Minus that question mark.)
64.8 -- The percentage of registered runners (2,236 total) who are female.
38 -- The average age of all runners.
50 -- Charity runners. Each runner pledged to raise at least $500 for Habitat for Humanity Lincoln or the People's City Mission in order to get signed up for the race after it sold out.
250 -- How many custom cowbells the Good Life Halfsy directors purchased to liven up the cheer stations.
60 -- The percentage of runners (about 2,070 total) they anticipate will need rides back from the finish line to Seacrest. Shuttle buses are set to leave from the Amtrak station about every 5 minutes from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
60 -- Also the number of vuvuzelas they bought for this shebang.
201 -- Nebraska cities and towns that have at least one registrant coming to Lincoln to run the Good Life Halfsy.
26 -- Other states that have a horse or three in this race.
7 -- Temporary traffic closures you should know about:
* All southbound lanes of 70th Street from Wedgewood to North Holmes Shore Drive will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
* All lanes of North Holmes Shore Drive from 70th Street to Normal Boulevard will be closed from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
* All lanes of Normal Boulevard from 70th to 62nd streets will be closed from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
* One westbound lane of Capitol Parkway will be closed from 62nd to Randolph streets from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* Streets in Innovation Campus will be closed from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
* Some streets in the North Bottoms area will be partially closed, and no parking will be allowed from 14th to Sixth streets from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
* All lanes of Canopy Street from R to P streets will be closed from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1 -- Ingenious feature built into the first-ever Halfsy finisher medal. It's also a bottle opener.