GOATz Trail Runs 50M, 50K, 21M, & 10.5M Trail Race

What your first 50M or 50K should be like.

  • Sunday, October 17, 2021
  • 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • Cunningham Lake, Omaha, NE

Registration: Opens 2021!

Quick Stats

Omaha’s original 50K is now home to a 50M!

  • Race Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021
  • Location: Glenn Cunningham Lake
  • Start Time: 3 a.m. and 8 a.m.
  • Registration: Opens June 21, 2021
  • Early Bird Entry Fees:
    • 50M: $90
    • 50K: $75
    • 21 mile: $65
    • 10.5 mile: $50
  • Registration cap: 500 total runners

Race Details

The Numbers
  • Glenn Cunningham Lake is located in northwest Omaha, NE
  • Field Limit is 500 runners combined
  • 50M = 5 laps
  • 50K = 3 laps
  • 21 mile = 2 laps
  • 10.5 mile = 1 lap
  • Surface is 10% road, 90% trail and grass
  • Elevation change per loop = approximately 1,500’
Participants Race Guide

This will change each year (obviously), but you’ll get the gist here. 🙂 Click here for the 2020 Participants Guide!

Distances

GOATz Trail Runs is a 50M, 50K, 21 mile, and 10.5 mile race.

50K Mashup Series

The GOATz 50k is the final race in the 50k Mashup SLAM, a series of 5 Midwest trail runs. Click here for more information!

Date & Start Times

GOATz Trail Runs is Sunday, October 17, 2021. Start times are as follows:

  • 50M: 3 a.m.
  • 50K: 8 a.m.
  • 21M: 9 a.m.
  • 10.5M: 10 a.m.
Cut-off Times

We enforce strict cut-offs.

  • 14-hour cut-off for the 50M (5 p.m.)
  • 9-hour cut-off for the 50K (5 p.m.)
  • 5 p.m. cut-off for the 21M, 10.5M distances

If it looks you will not be able to finish your final loop in the remaining time, you will not be allowed back on course and will be dropped to the closest lower distance.

Pacers

Pacers are allowed for the last lap of the GOATz 50K and 50M distances only!

Timing

GOATz Trail Runs is timed by Be About Race Timing.

Awards
  • 50M: Top 3 female, Top 3 male
  • 50K: Top 3 female, Top 3 male
  • 21 Mile: Top 3 female, Top 3 male
  • 10.5 Mile: Top female, Top male

All runners receive a finisher’s medal upon completion of any distance (including drop-downs). Drop-downs during the race are NOT eligible for finisher awards.

Transfers & Refunds

Transfers to different race distances may be approved at the discretion of the race director prior to the race date. For upgrades, you will pay the difference of cost. For downgrades, you will not receive a refund. ***Entries are non-refundable.***

Travel & Lodging

There are a number of hotels within 15 minutes of Glenn Cunningham Lake. Below are a few convenient and nice options. Check here for a Google map of others in the area.

Park Pass

No need for a park pass! We take care of that for you on race day only.

Course Info

2021 brings more changes yet again…

I’m extremely humbled by the acceptance of our runners over the last two years. I mean, the lake closed, forcing us to a new location in 2019. Then…COVID and a snow storm in 2020.

And 2021 is bringing us more changes.

Lake Cunningham is tentatively opening July 15, 2021. I have been in talks with the Lake Cunningham Development Trust (who now runs Lake Cunningham), and we have been promised a date.

What that means for us is seeing if the original trails on the lake side are salvageable. With that being said, 2021 might be back on the original side. But the original side will have changes–this is guaranteed. There are now 6.2 miles of beautiful cement trails around the lake–and some of that concrete lies on our original dirt course.

GOATz Trail Runs (GTR) will happen this year. It might be on the original side. It might be on the new north side. Either way, it promises to be amazing.

It’s our 10th anniversary, after all!

I personally guarantee an amazing race, regardless of which course we use. (Heck, I might even use both!).

With that being said, sign up for a surprise. The trails and you are what the GOATz are all about anyway, so we’ll have a party to celebrate a somewhat return to normalcy.

<3 Kim, Race Director.

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North Cunningham Lake is a tree-lined park with rolling hills and scenic views just north of Glen Cunningham Lake. The trail is mostly single track, equestrian trails, and mowed grass that wind in and out of wooded areas. The course will be well marked with directional arrows, orange tape, and ground markings.

The GOATz Trail Runs 50M, 50K, 21M, and 10.5M are all run on the same 10.5-mile loop. We had to make some adjustments from last year since a nature preserve was added, but the map below is pretty spot on. 🙂

Aid Stations

**Changes for 2020 race due to COVID! Items you have usually seen in the past which will not be available are designated with a strikethrough.

There will be 2 fully stocked, buffet-style aid stations at the Start/Finish and Runner Church (halfway point at 5.75 miles). There are 2 unmanned water stops at approximately mile 3.1 and mile 9.2 of each loop. Unmanned water stations are cupless. No bottle, no drinky. You must have a hydration device.

  • Beverages: water, Tailwind Electrolyte Drink, Coke, Gingerale, Sprite
  • Endurance foods: Honey Stinger Gels, Endurolytes
  • Fruit: oranges, bananas
  • Salty Snacks: potato chips, pretzels, pickle spears
  • Sweet Snacks: gummy bears, chocolate, Oreos, fig bars, candy corn
  • Real Food: sandwiches or tortilla wraps with your choice of peanut butter, jelly, turkey meat, cheese; chicken broth, Ramen noodles, potatoes with salt
Drop Bags

A designated drop bag area will be under a tent in the start/finish area. Please mark your bags clearly with your name and bib number.

Weather

Average temperatures this time of year range from a low of 41 degrees to a high of 58 degrees. Temps have reached near 70 degrees twice during our race series. It’s imperative you remain hydrated before, during, and after the race.

Photos

Race photos are always available here!

Race Director

kim bultsma

Race Director:

Kim Bultsma: kim@goatz.org

Packet Pickup

Early Packet Pickup

  • Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the Start/Finish (11840 N 96th St, Omaha, NE 68122) from 2-6 p.m. Location subject to change.

Race Day Packet Pickup

  • ​Sunday, October 17, 2021 will take place starting 45 minutes before each designated race start ONLY at the Start/Finish area.

Race Day Schedule

  • Packet Pickup:
    • 50M at 2:15 a.m.
    • 50K at 7:15 a.m.
    • 21M at 8:15 a.m.
    • 10.5M at 9:15 a.m.
  • Pre-race Announcements: 15 minutes before each distance’s start time.
  • Race Start Times:
    • 50M: 3 a.m.
    • 50K: 8 a.m.
    • 21M: 9 a.m.
    • 10.5M: 10 a.m.

Race Location

***This is subject to change. We’ll keep you updated!***

As of September 5, 2019, we’ve moved the race to the north side of Cunningham. All courses listed on the website are up to date!

North Cunningham Lake: The Start/Finish is on the northeast corner of 96th Street and Bennington Road (11840 N 96th St, Omaha, NE 68122).

Directions From 72nd Street and I-680 (preferred entry)

  • Exit at 72nd Street
  • Drive north on 72nd Street for 1.4 miles
  • Turn left (west) on Bennington Road (Highway 36), drive for 2 miles
  • Parking will be located on the closed portion of Bennington Road from 96th Street going west. YOU MUST ENTER HERE ONLY!

Directions From Blair High Road and Highway 36 (Bennington Road)

  • Drive east on Highway 36 (Bennington Road) for 1.7 miles
  • Turn left (north) on 96th Street, take an immediate left
  • Parking will be located on the closed portion of Bennington Road from 96th Street going west. YOU MUST ENTER HERE ONLY!

Use the addresses above when entering into your GPS. We can’t guarantee other addresses you may find online!

Follow This Race

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Registration

GOATz Trail Runs 50K Registration opened June 22, 2021.

Entry Fees:

50M:

  • June 22 – August 31: $100
  • September 1 – September 19: $110

50K:

  • June 22 – August 31: $85
  • September 1 – September 19: $95

21M:

  • June 22 – August 31: $75
  • September 1 – September 19: $85

10.5M:

  • June 22 – August 31: $60
  • September 1 – September 19: $70

Swag:

All runners:

  • Custom finishers medal
  • Striped beanie
  • Optional: you have the option to purchase a long-sleeve soft shirt for $15.

50M:

  • 25 oz. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

50K:

  • 25 oz. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

    Race Director:

    Kim Bultsma: kim@goatz.org

    Get Registered!

    Registration: UltraSignup

    What this race supports

    Proceeds from the GOATz Trail Runs go into the general GOATz fund to help the local trail systems (including Schramm!). The G.O.A.T.z are also committed to providing our time and energy to help better the Schramm trail system.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Is this a good “first” 50M or 50K race?

    Yes! With a 14-hour cut-off for the 50M race and a generous 9-hour cutoff for the 50K, plenty of seasoned ultra runners working as volunteers, and the allowance of a pacer for the final lap makes this a great “first” 50M or 50K race!

    • Are the trails closed to the public during the race?

    No. You may be sharing the trails with the equestrian community. If you come upon horses, it is your responsibility to announce your presence and ALWAYS give them the right of way.

    • Are there any bathrooms on the course?

    Yes! We will have porta-potties available at the Start/Finish line, and there will also be porta-potties available at the halfway point aid station at mile 5.

    • How do I volunteer?

    Shoot an email over to Race Director Kim Bultsma at kim@goatz.org and tell her all about your desire to volunteer. She’ll get you hooked up in the right spot!

    • Are there locations for spectators?

    Yes! There will be several drop in points to see your runner. Please note: You MUST be careful driving on these areas as runners may be crossing the road. Watch for our volunteer police and traffic monitors for instructions on where to drive and when!

    You can see your runner cross twice on Pawnee Road near the Archery Range between 84th and 96th Streets. You MUST park in the ditch on either side and not block marked runner crossing zones.

    You can also see your runner on Dutch Hall Road between 84th and 96th Streets. You MUST park in the ditch on the north side only.

    If you prefer to hang out at the Start/Finish, bring a chair, your own tent, get comfortable, and cheer on your runner and others. Of course, runners always have the right of way and may be crossing some of the roads. Please drive slowly and responsibly.

    Want to get involved?

    You know what makes awesome races more awesome? VOLUNTEERS. We can't do it without them, nor would we want to. If you want to be a Taunter with us, we'll put you to work.