Runners United Nevada was founded by a group of local runners in 2018 in an attempt to build community and increase engagement with local runners. We established ourselves as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization as a mechanism to organize races in support of local community organizations.
In 2020, the group organized the inaugural RUN Nevada Race Series. Despite operating in the midst of a global pandemic, the series was a huge success, with record-breaking turn out for each of the previously established events and a highly successful debut of a fourth race. The series returned to even more success in 2021, with a handful of additional races added to the schedule due to demand. In 2022, the series returns for its third iterations, with four races:
Pizza Pie Looza 5k
The Pizza Pie Looza is RUN’s newest race, evolving from the RUN Country Fest & 5k which took place in 2020 and 2021. The 2021 event included country music stars Bryan White running the race, and Wade Hayes singing the national anthem, before the pair headlined a post race concert. In 2022, country music star Jo Dee Messina will take the stage in downtown Nevada to headline a full day of live music, pizza, pie, and fun for the whole family. The 5k race will take place at 1 pm, prior to the events downtown.
Story County Freedom Run
The Story County Freedom Run was founded in 2014 in an effort to raise money for the Story County Freedom Flight. Though it was originally organized by the Story County Republicans, elected officials from across the political spectrum have participated through the years. In 2017, organizational capacity transitioned to an independent committee before finding its home under the RUN umbrella in 2018. Participants through the years have enjoyed the accompanying post-race pancake breakfast. In its first seven years, the race raised over $20,000 for the Story County Freedom Flight organization. The event now has focused its attention to benefitting a variety of local veteran causes. In 2021, the event expanded to a half marathon, 10k, and 5k; in 2022, the 10k and 5k will return.
Lincoln Highway Dash
Originally organized by the Nevada Chamber of Commerce, the Lincoln Highway Dash has been a staple in the Nevada community since 2013. From 2013 through 2018, the race was held on the Friday night of Lincoln Highway Days, Nevada’s annual celebration of its heritage as a community along Lincoln Highway. In 2019, the race was moved to Saturday morning, starting at Score Park and finishing on Lincoln Highway in front of Nevada’s City Hall, right as community members were lining the streets prior to the Lincoln Highway Days parade. The event raises funds in support of Main Street Nevada.
Evergreen Lane History Hustle
The Evergreen Lane History Hustle and Chili Cook Off made its debut in 2019. This 5k begins and ends at scenic Briggs Terrace at Evergreen Lane. All proceeds raised benefit the Nevada Community Historical Society, which is committed to preserving the history of our community. In addition to the 5k race, there is a post race chili cook off, and the Historical Society offered tours of their various properties at Evergreen Lane.
Make sure to register for the 2022 Race Series today!