The Oregon Trail Run of Nebraska

Chesterfest 5k Run / Walk Registration is OPEN!

Click here to register for the Chesterfest 5k Run / Walk. Held June 26, 2021 in Chester, NE – at the north park.


Thank you to everyone who came our for the 2020 Fall Prairie Trail Run at Rock Creek Station State Historical Park! – Results are posted

2020 has taken a toll on the Oregon Trail Run Committee.  We have several members of our committee who have taken other jobs and have had to step down from or scale back their opportunities to volunteer.  We thank them for their time and their tireless effort on behalf of the Thayer County Running Company and the Oregon Trail Run of Nebraska.  Our thanks to Stephanie Boldt, Anne Hubl and Blythe Norder for all of the work they have done for the OTR run committee in the past few years.

The Oregon Trail Run of Nebraska was held as a virtual run for 2020.   Our slogan since we began this journey was to “Run history. Run beauty.”  This year, as we complete this Oregon Trail Run virtually, we recognize that moving from east to west has been the history of the settlement of our nation.  So this year, while we celebrate the Oregon Trail, we encourage you to run your own trail and create your own history.  Our Covid reflective theme is “Keeping Your Distance while Running your Distance.”

We have several distance options for you to choose from, from a 5k to a marathon to a just-for-this-year option of running 1/100th of the distance of the Oregon Trail, 21.70 miles.  

Upon completion of your run between registration and November 30, simply snap a screenshot of your distance measuring device and send it in.  We will post your pictures of your run on our facebook page and our website.  After November 30, we will send out medals and t-shirts to everyone who participated in this event.  Additionally, we will do a drawing for everyone who completed any distance of the run for one of our unique Oregon Trail Run trophies.

The cost for the run is $35 dollars, and includes an Oregon Trail Run shirt, a finisher’s medal (while supplies last) and a chance to win one of our Oregon Trail Run Trophies.

Thanks again for all of your support for the Oregon Trail Run of Nebraska.  We look forward to seeing you next year on our run.

– Oregon Trail Run Committee

We appreciate the runners, volunteers and other support we received to make another OTR a great success!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact us.



For the Oregon Trail Run of Nebraska, we have combined a run on the route of the Oregon Trail, California Trail and Pony Express route with one of the most picturesque roads in Southern Nebraska.  The first half of the Marathon will travel parallel to and intersect with the route that settlers took as they crossed Nebraska on their way to points west.  The first half of the route is mostly flat and offers a view that stretches for miles.  You can imagine the trail of “prairie schooners” keeping to the hilltops as they headed west together.

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The second half of the route drops down into the Little Blue River valley, the gravel road that follows the river takes you on gently rolling hills through the cottonwood, oak, locust and ash canopies, by beautiful and fading farmsteads and limestone cliffs.  The trees should be in their peak fall color on race day and the surrounding landscape and abundant wildlife offer up photo opportunities around every bend.

The half marathon begins at the halfway point of the marathon, roughly where Hwy 53 and Thayer County’s River Road meet.  When the first marathon runners cross the halfway point, the half marathon will begin and follow River Road back to Hebron for the finish.

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Event details and schedule – Coming Soon