NORFOLK, Neb – In an event that included participants from 17 states, northeast Nebraskans took three of the top four places in the Laugh-and-a-Half Marathon, but it was Parkville, Missouri’s Addison Albin who clocked the top time.
Albin finished the 13.1-mile half marathon in 1:13:24.1, over eight minutes faster than Clarkson’s Brian Labenz. Lincoln’s Christy Prang clocked the top women’s time, finishing in 1:34:39.4.
A total of 77 people ran the half-marathon, with 69 competing in person and another eight completing the race virtually.
The event included a half marathon, a 10K race, a 5K race and a kids fun run. All categories included a virtual option, as well as the in-person race. Over 200 people participated overall.
Norfolk swept the in-person 10K race, with Carson Means blistering the 10K course with a top time of 42:38.7, while Brighid Turek claimed the women’s title with a 56:13.5 time. The top overall 10K time came from the virtual race, with Sioux City’s Stacy McNear clocking a time of 55:08.
Race organizers say the creation of the Laugh-and-a-Half-Marathon started as a way to promote wellness, as well as remember comedy legend and Norfolk, Nebraska native, Johnny Carson.
Proceeds from the race regularly go toward supporting pediatric needs in northeast Nebraska, particularly healthcare.
This year’s funds went toward Faith Regional Rehabilitation Therapies. In the past, the race has supported inclusive park projects, as well as state-of-the-art incubator and pediatric hospital equipment.