The Nebraska Marathon will live up to its name this year.

Race directors have added a full marathon to the Oct. 16 event. Last year's inaugural Nebraska Marathon included a 5K and half-marathon but lacked the 26.2-mile distance.

Though the routes have not been officially approved, race co-director Joe Sutter said city officials have "looked over the route(s) and said, 'We're very comfortable with what you've got.' "

Mike Gaughen with the Omaha Public Works Department said he expects to issue a permit to the race organizers within two weeks.

The 5K and half-marathon routes are unchanged from last year.

All distances will start at Midtown Crossing, head east on Farnam Street and loop through the Old Market. The 5K runners will then finish at Lewis & Clark Landing.

The half and full marathoners will run across the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and then south on the Riverfront Trail. The half-marathon runners will turn around near Harrah's Casino and finish at Lewis & Clark Landing.

The full marathoners will continue past the casino and Western Historic Trails Center. They will then head west on a trail that parallels the Veterans Memorial Highway. The turnaround point is near the Veterans Memorial Bridge; marathon runners will also finish at Lewis & Clark Landing.

Because the half and full routes cross into Iowa, race directors also need approval from Council Bluffs officials; Sutter has met with the Bluffs Police Department.

Sutter said he expects 2,500 runners at the second annual event, including 500 marathoners. That's up from last year's 850 runners.

"We hope it becomes a staple on the running scene for years to come," he said of the event.

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Registration is open for all distances. The half-marathon is $69, and the full marathon is $85 through Feb. 15. Prices will then increase. The 5K is $40 through June 1.

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