What the Hill?! Half Marathon, Half-a-Half, & Quarter Half Trail Race

It takes a special kind of runner to run What the Hill?!

  • Saturday, August 7, 2021
  • 8 a.m.
  • Black Elk-Neihardt Park

Quick Stats

13.1 miles of uphill. Both ways. In the heat.

  • Race Date: Saturday, August 7, 2021
  • Location: Black Elk-Neihardt Park
  • Start Time: 8 a.m.
  • Registration: Open!
  • Early Bird Entry Fees:
    • Half Marathon: $70
    • Half-a-Half: $55
    • Quarter Half: $40
  • Registration cap: 150 total runners

Race Details

The Numbers
  • Black Elk-Neihardt Park is located in Blair, NE and is 20 miles north of Omaha, NE
  • Field Limit is 150 runners
  • Half = 4 Laps
  • Half-a-Half = 2 consecutive laps
  • Quarter Half = 1 consecutive lap
  • Surface is 98% trail, 2% concrete

What the Hill?! is a half marathon, half-a-half (or 10K-ish) and quarter half (or 5K-ish).

Date & Start Times

What the Hill?! is on Saturday, August 7, 2021. All races start at 8 a.m.

Cut-off Times

We allow a generous 5-hour cut-off for all distances.


What the Hill?! is timed by Be About Race Timing.

  • Half Marathon: Top 3 females, Top 3 males
  • Half-a-Half: Top female, Top male
  • Quarter Half: Top female, Top male
Transfers & Refunds

Sorry, friends. We have a no transfer, no refund policy.

Travel & Lodging

Blair is a small community, so you won’t find many traditional hotels there. Below are a few convenient and nice options. Check here for a Google map of others in the area.

Park Pass

You’re good to go here–no park pass required.

Course Info

The What the Hill?! course is a 5K-ish loop. Yes, you will most likely get bonus miles. (It’s 3.36 miles to be somewhat close to exact, depending on your GPS watch.) No, we won’t listen to you complain. 🤣

Aid Stations

We have a simple aid station at the Start/Finish line, with Tailwind, water, oranges, bananas, and pretzels.

We will have a Tailwind and water aid station on course. The exact location is coming soon!

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.


Average temperatures this time of year range from a low of 65 degrees to 84 degrees. It can be humid, too. It’s imperative you remain hydrated before, during, and after the race.


Race photos are always available here!

Race Director

kim bultsma

Kim Bultsma: kim@goatz.org

Packet Pickup

Race Day Packet Pickup ONLY!

Race Day Schedule

  • Packet Pickup: 6:45-7:45 a.m.
  • Pre-race Announcements: 7:50 a.m.
  • National Anthem: 7:58 a.m.
  • Race Start: 8 a.m.

Race Location

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What the Hill?! Half Marathon, Half-a-Half, and Quarter Half Registration is open!

Entry Fees:

Half Marathon:

  • ​May 17 – June 30: $70
  • July 1 – July 17: $75


  • May 17 – June 30: $55
  • July 1 – July 17: $60

Quarter Half:

  • May 17 – June 30: $40
  • July 1 – July 17: $45


Shirts are optional at registration for an extra $5. Awesome medals will be given to all finishers.

Race Director:

Kim Bultsma: kim@goatz.org

Get Registered!

Registration: UltraSignup

What this race supports

Proceeds from What the Hill?! Half Marathon, Half-a-Half, and Quarter Half will go toward the Black Elk-Neihardt Park. The G.O.A.T.z are also committed to providing our time and energy to help better this park’s new trail system.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is What the Hill?!

Perhaps you’ve heard about it. It’s kind of a big deal. It’s “What the Hill?”

  • What’s the big deal?

Nothing, really. What the Hill?! is a bunch of dirt trails with roughly 400 feet of elevation change per 5K loop.

  • How does it work?

The G.O.A.T.z are all about excess. Sometimes it’s in miles, sometimes in hours, and sometimes excess is simply a number. Obviously, you can’t run 3.1 miles and call it a half marathon, but you CAN run 3.1-ish miles 4 times and call it a half marathon. Yes, that’s right! FOUR times! Really, how hard can it be? Half of it is downhill. Half of it is uphill.

  • Are there any trails involved?

There are now! This is about 99% trails per 3.1-ish mile loop. (Don’t complain: it used to be 100% asphalt. Gross.)

  • Why?

Because we love hills! Plain and simple. An event at Black Elk-Neihardt Park helps us introduce road runners who may not be experienced in trail running to the G.O.A.T.z and our mission, and raise money to give back to one of the state parks system’s most beautiful parks.

  • 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!

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.