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Organizers behind the Good Life Halfsy and Market to Market Relay are unveiling a new spring event that they hope will become one of Omaha’s marquee events.

The Early Bird, a 10-mile run, is the first Omaha race for Pink Gorilla Events. It’s set for March 31 at Zorinsky Lake.

“We just really felt like Omaha was ready for a major race like this,” said Zach Harsin, director of community relations. “And we kind of felt a void in the market as far as this time of year goes.”

The race is capped at 2,000 runners, and organizers expect to sell out.

That puts this race on par with the Omaha Marathon, one of the city’s largest racing events. It saw 2,000 runners last year. The area’s larger running-based fundraisers, the Corporate Cup and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, typically draw between 5,000 and 8,000 participants.

The Early Bird course starts and finishes at Walnut Grove Park, near 153rd and Q Streets. Runners will leave the park and run on Q Street before heading up 156th and completing a full loop around Zorinsky Lake. They’ll use a trail to return to the finish line at the park.

Along the trail there will be about 14 entertainment stations featuring music and cheering, and water stations.

“We’re not just sending them out to loop the trail. We’re doing everything to make it a fun, unique event out there,” Harsin said.

A post-race festival includes a full brunch from, you guessed it, Early Bird restaurant, which opened on Farnam Street in late November. The spread will feature breakfast burritos, Bob’s Donuts, cinnamon rolls and fruit. Beverage options include mimosas and coffee.

Organizers expect about 65 percent of runners to come from Omaha, though they’ll also draw from Lincoln.

Online registration opens Jan. 1 at 10 a.m.

Two “hatch parties” — one in Lincoln and one in Omaha — will let early birds sign up ahead of online registration. Those parties are Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Running Company and Dec. 30 from 7 to 10 a.m. at Fleet Feet Sports in Omaha. Attendees can also take home early prizes including coffee mugs, coffee and doughnuts.

The spring race is the sixth Nebraska race for Pink Gorilla Events, in its 10th year. It’s the group’s first new event since introducing the Good Life Halfsy four years ago. They also operate two races in Iowa.

Their events typically draw between 1,300 and 6,500 runners. In 2017, all Pink Gorilla races sold out.

Harsin said they could have recreated the Halfsy, a fall half marathon, in Omaha, but they wanted to do something different.

The 5K distance is the most popular among running events, followed by half marathons; Harsin said the 10-mile race fills that void.

The timing of the 10-mile race allows it to serve as a training run for spring events like the Lincoln Marathon and the OmaHalf.

“Everyone can use this as a springboard to their training,” Harsin said.

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