In order to use RunSignup, your browser must accept cookies. Otherwise, you will not be able to register for races or use other functionality of the website. However, your browser doesn't appear to allow cookies by default.
If you still see this message after clicking the link, then your browser settings are likely set to not allow cookies. Please try enabling cookies. You can find instructions at https://www.whatismybrowser.com/guides/how-to-enable-cookies/auto.
Additional race information can be found at http://www.theblade5k.com.
How we started:
In 2018, our friend and former Ironman Nate Wigdahl, had recently become an amputee due to a devastating injury. He desperately wanted to start running again and we knew that we could count on Omaha's running community to help him achieve his dream. He knew that insurance wouldn't cover the cost of a running blade and he knew he had his work cut out for him. So Nate and a few friends decided to host a 5K fundraiser, and called it The Blade 5K. The quickly put-together event was a huge success and with the funds raised we were able to purchase a blade for Nate. Nate had an even deeper desire to help other amputees to overcome obstacles to living their best healthy lifestyle.
In 2019, The Blade 5K obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and began holding monthly board meetings. The Board of Directors created a nomination process, so that other deserving amputees could apply to receive the proceeds from our race to pay for the (non-covered) cost of the specialized device. July of 2019, The Blade 5K raised the funds needed to help our second recipient, Chris, get the blade he needed to get back to his healthy running lifestyle.
In 2020, the world threw us a curveball and we shifted our event from an in-person race, to a virtual format. We shattered our previous record, and raised enough funds to help 9 year old Nathan get not one, but two running blades so he could achieve his dream of keeping up with his friends. The Blade 5K doesn't believe in limits, and after seeing the success of our first virtual event, we realized that the convenience of a virtual event actually helps more people!
In 2021, The Blade 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk raised funds to help three individuals get devices to get them back to their active lifestyle. Jim received a running blade, Anita received a tandem bike, and Connie received a wheelchair.
In 2022, we were fortunate enough to help another 2 recipients. Jessica received a specialized leg and Kyel received a Grit wheelchair. They are now able to participate in the events/activities they once loved.
We are putting our focus back on amputees who need specialized devices to get back to their active lifestyle. The Blade 5K run/1 mile walk will be held in-person at a new location, College of Saint Mary's campus Saturday, July 8, 2023 and is also open to the world via our virtual option.
We look forward to seeing you there, whether here in Omaha, or whatever city you may be joining us from!
As always, we are so grateful for your support.
If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.
Like this page and invite your friends on Facebook.
Please complete the following survey to help us better understand your race experience.
Thank you! Your message was posted to Facebook.