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. The organization is now responsible for the organization of three races each year:
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. Since 2016, the race has started and finished at Story County Medical Center. The race has also featured a post race pancake breakfast since its inception. In its six years, the race has raised over $20,000 for the Story County Freedom Flight organization.
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.
Evergreen Lane History Hustle
In 2019, RUN created its newest running event, the Evergreen Lane History Hustle and Chili Cook Off. 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.
With the new year approaching, stay tuned for major announcements regarding our 2020 schedule.