The inaugural Big Red Challenge, a 5K/10K obstacle race benefitting wounded veterans and the children of fallen soldiers, will be held April 26 in Lincoln under the direction of the Nebraska Sports Council.
The race will begin and end at Haymarket Park with a course traversing nearby Oak Lake and the area surrounding Pinnacle Bank and the new Railyard District. Those interested in participating can register online at BigRedChallenge.com and follow the registration link.
The Big Red Challenge was founded by veterans who returned home from wars in the Middle East to study at UNL. They felt the Big Red Challenge would be the perfect way to give people an idea of the pain and perseverance required of U.S. soldiers and their families, and in doing so, honor those who have served and returned home.
“When our military men and women enlist to help protect the good life, they are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice for those back home. Most of us don’t realize—or we forget about—the struggles they face while they are away or the issues they face when they return,” Big Red Challenge Executive Director Doug Cmelik said.
NSC Events Director Scott Dwyer said there will be cash prizes for first, second, and third place in both the men’s and women’s division of the 10K race. He also said the race will be followed by a celebration that will include a vendor expo and live music from the band, American Hitmen. Dwyer promised a course that would be extreme enough for top endurance racers yet manageable at the 5K distance for weekend warriors looking for a fun and challenging event.