Runners Hit The Pavement For Omaha Marathon

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Thousands of runners took to the streets on Sunday for the annual Omaha marathon.

Racers were able to run as little as one mile, all the way up to the full 26.2 mile marathon.

Organizers say they've worked since last year's marathon to make sure this one went smoothly.

And it definitely did for Stephen VanGampleare. He took first place in the men's division with a time of 2 hours and 36 minutes.

"I did this one last year and got second," he said. "I knew if I was in a little bit better shape I would probably win this one."

Kaci "Pixie Ninja" Lickteig won the race for the women. She finished in 2 hours and 51 minutes. For her, this race was practically a walk in the park since she runs ultra races. Those races can go up to 100 miles.

"I'm just going through a training phase to race a hundred miler in November, she said. "So it's a tune up for me."

All racers earned a flashy medal and a well deserved water break after crossing the finish line. VanGampleare said he was planning on celebrating his big finish with his friends.

"Go find my mom and my aunt and my sister and couple of my friends around here somewhere and probably go get a beer," he said.