The Monument Marathon had nearly 600 runners from the area and around the country participate in the fifth annual race.
The marathon, which began at 7:30 a.m. for the full and half marathons and at 8 a.m. for the 5K had its challenges, where over night rain made portions of the course muddy.
“Today was a unique race day for monument marathon,” says Jennifer Rogers, race director of the Monument Marathon. “We started the day off with some pretty wet conditions out on the course, we had some significant rain over the night, but had incredible work done by our volunteers, the City of Gering and Jim Trumbull and his crew.”
She adds the runners commented the course was wet and muddy, but certainly passable and safe.
The annual marathon celebrated its fifth year along with racers Rawnda Pierce, Stacy Totherow, and Emily Stull, who also celebrated their birthdays on Saturday.
The event included a full marathon, a half marathon and the newly added 5K run.
“We had beautiful weather, and cool temperatures, which helped with some times,” Rogers says. “Overall, a huge success because of our volunteers and community support.”
First place finishers in the full marathon were Nicholas Kizzire and Sarah Stahl; half marathon, Jarred Berger and Kristen Blehm; and the 5K, Jake Hasenauer and Jessie Faron.
For the full results visit www.monumentmarathon.com