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Corporate Cup cancels fall race, moves permanently to spring date

Corporate Cup cancels fall race, moves permanently to spring date

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Corporate Cup

Runners take off during the Corporate Cup in Aksarben Village in 2018. This year's event will move to the spring of 2021. 

The Corporate Cup, a longtime Omaha event, is ditching its fall date for good.

Organizers decided to make the jump from fall of this year to spring of next year because of coronavirus-related health concerns and restrictions.

They’ve also decided to make the move to spring permanent.

“This is a milestone that’s going to mark a new tradition,” said Julia McCarville, executive director of the Nebraska chapter of the American Lung Association.

This year’s race, originally slated for Sept. 13, is now scheduled for April 18, 2021. It typically draws about 4,000 participants.

The family-friendly race is in its 40th year and is the American Lung Association’s signature fundraising event. Last year’s event raised $335,000.

“Our utmost priority is the well-being and the health of our participants, volunteers and our staff,” McCarville said. “Shifting the event to the spring will give us an opportunity to put on a safe and successful event.”

Organizers hope to raise $300,000 during the race. Money comes from registration fees, corporate sponsorships and donations.

Money will go to education, research and advocacy in Nebraska, McCarville said. Some funds will be earmarked for the group’s COVID-19 action initiative, which includes expanding the respiratory research program and enhancing key public health measures.

Next year’s event will still feature the 10K run. But participants can also choose a 5K run or walk or a 1-mile walk. There will also be a 100-yard dash for children.

“We felt like the 40th year was a milestone to really embrace that and to set some new traditions,” McCarville said. “We’re excited to launch new distances in the spring.”

Registration is open. The price varies from $15 to $35, depending on the distance.

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