The Lincoln Marathon is returning to its traditional in-person format this year.
The race, which also includes a half marathon, switched to a virtual format last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are working closely with the City of Lincoln, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and other partners to provide as safe of an event as possible while still maintaining a high-quality, competitive race,” said Ryan Regnier, president of the Lincoln Track Club.
The 2021 event, in its 44th year, is set for May 2. It will include a virtual option for runners who prefer to race on their own.
The number of in-person entries to the race will be capped, although race organizers still are working with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to set that number, Regnier said.
Anyone who registered for last year’s race is guaranteed entry for this year. About 6,700 entered last year.
At its peak, the race has been capped at 13,500 runners. Last year’s race, before switching formats, had been capped at 12,000 runners. About 3,000 participated in the virtual race last year, Regnier said.
This year, runners will be required to wear masks in the starting chute and immediately after finishing the race.
This year’s course will be finalized in February, Regnier said. It still will be a Boston Marathon qualifier.
In past years, the races have started on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus and ended on the 50-yard line inside Memorial Stadium.
Runners who signed up for last year’s race must register by Jan. 31 to guarantee a spot. If spots remain after they register, registration will open to the general public on Feb. 1.