While swarms of people descend on fish fries across the metro, a handful will combine the Lenten tradition with a different pastime – running. The second annual Fish Fry 5K is Friday evening in Omaha.
Running Junkie, a new, local event planning company, organized the 3.1-mile race. About 300 people are signed up, doubling last year's number.
“We do hope this is an event that will take off and continue to grow,” race director Emily Martz said.
Aksarben Village will host the race, a move from the riverfront of last year. The out-and-back route starts and ends on the nearby Keystone Trail.
The race starts at 6 p.m. An after-party with a live, local band will follow. Fish and chips as well as beer for those of legal drinking age is included in the registration fee. Though it is a casual event, the race is chip-timed, an appeal to more serious runners.
Martz hopes the chilly forecast doesn't scare anyone off.
“People know it's March in Nebraska so you really have to expect anything,” she said.
Online registration is closed, but you can sign up during packet pick-up at Fit Farm, off 43rd and Nicholas Streets, between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. or at the race site the day of the event for $42.
Those who register will also receive a coupon for one free workout at Fit Farm.
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