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Our cover features Nancy Sutton Moss, co-director of the Lincoln Marathon and longtime volunteer for the Lincoln Track Club. Founded in 1975, the LTC holds a dozen “runs” each year, including the annual 13,000-plus runners in the Lincoln Marathon, which is coming up Sunday, May 6, at 7 a.m.

Did you know that dozens of charities benefit from those runs? In the past five years, the LTC has given more than $500,000 back to Lincoln, including $150,000 to charities in 2017.

Few, if any, other track clubs can give back to the community. See our cover story on pages 18-19 to learn the many ways Lincoln Track Club does so, from its scholarship program to a long list of charities. Many thanks to Zach Tuttle, who shot this month’s cover photo.

Around town

While Mother Nature hasn’t always been kind in the past month, some outdoor events managed to persevere in spite of chilly weather. Run for the Bridges, for example, raised over $10,000 to help repair and replace bridges in Wilderness Park. See my son John’s event photos and my update on bridge repairs on the horizon on pages 10-11.

Another somewhat outdoor event was the Wild Adventures Festival at the Pioneers Park Nature Center. While cold and windy weather prevented many visitors from exploring some of Nebraska’s endangered ecosystems (tallgrass prairie, saline wetlands, streams and woodlands) by hiking through the eight miles of trails at the Nature Center, plenty of activity was happening inside the Nature Center’s buildings. The festival offered educational activities about endangered ecosystems, plants and animals native to Nebraska and live animal exhibits. See details and photos on pages 8-9.

Moving inside the warm and cozy Cornhusker Marriott, we enjoyed the 13th annual Feeding the Soul of the City fundraising event, which grossed $140,000 for Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach. The funds raised will support the day-to-day hunger relief and homeless prevention services of the community kitchen and outreach center.

Compassion in Action awards were presented at the event to Greg Ernst, the Food Bank of Lincoln and the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services’ Children and Family Services Division. See our coverage on pages 6-7.

As spring is finally here, many of us turn our thoughts to traveling. This month, Jim Winnerman gives us a taste of a 12-day Mediterranean Cruise to nine major ports. See the details and photos on pages 20-21.

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