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Posted: May 7, 2013  

Athletics: Omaha Marathon Joins 2013 HITS Running Festivals Schedule

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 7, 2013) -- HITS, Inc. announced today that the established Omaha Marathon in Omaha, Nebraska will join the 2013 HITS Running Festivals event schedule. HITS management finalized a deal with Omaha Marathon officials this week and the keys to the 38-year-old event were officially turned over today.

The world's leader in hunter/jumper horse shows, HITS ventured into triathlon race production in 2012, attracting nearly 10,000 participants to HITS Triathlon Series events across the U.S. Using the same concept of multiple events over the course of one weekend, HITS Running Festivals offer a Friends & Family Mile, as well as 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon races.

HITS Running Festivals -- Omaha, Nebraska will adopt the "a distance for everyone"(TM) mantra as Barry Siff, Race Director for HITS Running Festivals takes the reins. Siff plans to add a Friends & Family Mile, as well as a 5K to the previously established Omaha Marathon schedule. The event will take place September 21-22, 2013 and registration for the 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon is open now. Registration for the new 5K and Friends & Family Mile will open once the events are finalized.

Susie Smisek, the long-time owner and director of the marathon, plans to remain involved in the event and is excited to see it grow with HITS. "Barry’s expertise in racing and the resources available to HITS will take the event to the next level," she said. "Incorporating other shorter events will boost numbers and provide more opportunities for a runner/walker to participate in the weekend festivities, a vision that will only enhance an already quality race."

Siff, who lived, worked and trained in Omaha from 1985-1995, is excited to deliver the HITS experience to the Nebraska running community, and beyond. "The Omaha Marathon is a great event in a great city. We will have elite runners racing the same weekend as some people who may have never run more than a mile in their lives," said Siff. "That’s the beauty of what HITS promotes -- there is room for everyone to enjoy this sport."

All HITS Running Festivals feature a sizable health, wellness and fitness expo. Education and wellness promotion will be uniquely advanced by these HITS events, according to Siff. "Our vision is to get more people out there, being active and doing so in a smart, educated way."

For more information on HITS Running Festivals, visit

Runners cross the finish line of the 2012 Omaha Marathon. The 38-year-old event will return in 2013 under the direction of HITS Running Festivals. ©

About HITS, Inc.

HITS, Inc. is a special events management company focused on producing endurance sports events and hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS is dedicated to creating high-quality events in desirable destinations with unmatched, professional operations. For more information about the HITS Running Festivals, please visit

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