Still time to register for Nebraska’s Toughest Mile

Still time to register for Nebraska’s Toughest Mile
Noah Temme, last year's winner, leads Bryan Diekmann at about the 3/4 mile mark of the Nebraska's Toughest Mile

PERU – It is not too late to register for Peru State’s Nebraska’s Toughest Mile which will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, in Peru, Neb.

The NTM, conducted by Peru State’s cross country coach Katy Billings and her Bobcat cross country team, will start at 8:00 a.m. in one of Nebraska’s hilliest small towns, that being Peru!

The concept of the Nebraska’s Toughest Mile race is simple:  one mile and three hills! The middle of the race will take competitors up the infamous “Gut-Buster Hill” which is located just north of the Campus of a Thousand Oaks on Seventh Street. “Gut-Buster Hill” was and is still a great place to go sledding in the winter, but does prove to be quite the challenge when it is the second hill, and toughest one, to climb during the race.

“This race is for everyone from young to old, and from the serious runner to the casual walker,” noted Billings, the race coordinator. “We want to challenge all individuals, whether athletic or not, to do something which would stretch them out of their normal comfort zone.”

The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. Registration will commence at 7:30 a.m. on race day at the beginning of the race that is located in downtown Peru. Registration will close at 7:50 a.m. The starting line is near the Peru Fire Station and the finish line will be near the near Performing Arts Center on the main campus.

The entry fee is only $20 and all participants will receive a t-shirt when picking up their race packet during registration for those who register early.  For Peru State students, the cost is only $10! The fee the day of the race will be $25. An awards ceremony will be conducted at the conclusion of the race.

Participants can register online at and click on the “Register” link or they can send their information including t-shirt size, along with a $20 check, made payable to Peru State Cross Country, to Coach Katy Billings, 1412 I Street, Auburn, NE 68305. Guarantee your t-shirt by registering by Monday, Oct. 22! 

Online payment available through the Peru State College Foundation by doing the following:

  1. Go to:
  2. Under Donation Information, toggle Other amount and input $20 (or multiple amount if paying for additional runners/walkers)
  3. Under Designation, toggle Other and then in the box below, type “Toughest Mile”
  4. The rest should be self-explanatory for payment

An overall award will be given to the top male and female.

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