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(Neb)-Monument Marathon Draws 2nd-Largest Field; Runners Break 3 Records

By: John Axtell Posted at: 09/30/2019 02:42 PM
GERING - The 2019 Monument Marathon in Scottsbluff-Gering drew more than 525 runners, its second-largest field ever despite unfavorable weather.

     The early morning rain and breezy conditions also didn't keep a number of records from being set.

      One was by former Chadron State College star Alejandro Garcia, who lowered his own year-old record in the half-marathon by 31 seconds with a time of 1:13:58.

       The men's and women's records in the marathon were both smashed, thanks to the husband and wife team of Joe and AnnMarie Wilson of Lingle, Wyo.

        Joe Wilson was the runner-up last year when former CSC standout Dylan Stansbury set the mark, but shattered it by almost 5-minutes as he finished in 2:44:34.

        AnnMarie, last year's half-marathon winner, was almost as impressive as her husband Saturday as she broke the women's marathon record by nearly 3 minutes at 3:18: 27.

      Saturday's other 3 champions were Mitch Bern in the men's 5K, Anna Cheek in the women's 5K, and Heather Townsend in the women's half-marathon.

      Race organizers say runners came from across the nation this year, from New York to California. They're hoping to see even more next year with the addition of a new event requested by a number of participants - a 3-stage half-marathon relay with each runner going about 10 kilometers.

      The Monument Marathon is a major fundraiser for the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation, raising well over $300,000 for scholarships in its 8 years.


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