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The Corporate Cup might have found its new home.
Aksarben Village hosted the 33rd annual 10K and 2-mile races for the first time Sunday, and organizers said Monday morning that the event is likely to stay there next year.
Event coordinator Lisa Sypal said she will meet with the Corporate Cup committee and the Leadership Council for the Nebraska chapter of the American Lung Association in the coming weeks to assess this year's event and determine what will change next year.
Comments from runners were “95 percent positive” and staff and volunteers didn't experience major snags, she said, but there is room for improvement.
The finish line at 67th Street and Mercy Road was congested. Runners had trouble finding water stations after they finished the race because barricades blocked off the section of road with water. Sypal said the barricades should not have been there.
She plans to add more signs and assign more volunteers to the finish line to guide runners toward water. She also is considering stationing an announcer at the finish.
“I think that would help to keep people moving,” Sypal said.
Before the race Sunday, a steady stream of cars headed toward the central Omaha development, slowing traffic on Center Street around 7 a.m. Sgt. Jerry Martinez of the Omaha Police Department oversaw road closures and traffic for the event. There were no major incidents, he said, and the event “ran very smoothly.”
More than 10,000 people registered for the 10K and 2-mile races, though organizers estimated that fewer actually participated because of the short-lived morning rain. Eric Rasmussen of York, Neb., won the 10K, finishing in 32 minutes and 23 seconds.
Sunday marked the first time that the event didn't start at the Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha. The new location meant a hillier course that winded through Elmwood Park and the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus. Most participants seemed pleased with the change of scenery.
“I love Aksarben Village,” said Kelsey Bauer. “It's a good environment. There's a lot of open space here.”
The Corporate Cup is the annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association's local chapter. The event is Aksarben Village's largest single-day event.