A look back at the 2013 Momument Marathon

The photos that have been sitting on my camera since September are finally seeing the light of day, or, er . . . the light of pixel?

Once again, Bugman and I were part of the super-fun-to-work-with crew planning the Monument Marathon. I was delighted that the marathon was honored with the Nebraska Tourism Commission’s Outstanding Event Award at the 2013 Nebraska Travel Conference. The community really goes all-out for this race, and it’s nice to be recognized.

In between posting signage, setting fencing, hauling boxes, and other such tasks this year, I managed to get a few decent photos of race day.

Volunteers for the marathon were up before dawn, taking care of such details as aid station water "cubitainers."

Volunteers for the marathon were up before dawn, taking care of such details as aid station water “cubitainers.”

Emergency crew is on the scene and ready, just in case!

Emergency crew is on the scene and ready, just in case!

It seems strange to see people in winter coats setting beverages to chill in ice, doesn't it? On a sunny day at this elevation, it usually warms up pretty nicely this time of year.

It seems strange to see people in winter coats setting beverages to chill in ice, doesn’t it? On a sunny day at this elevation (around 4,000 feet above sea level), a chilly morning often turns into a warm day.

A little last-minute packing of some rain-exacerbated potholes on the last portion of the course across the parking lot. The lucked out with the weather. It rained pretty heavily the day before the race. There were a few mud puddles here and there on the course, but things dried out quite nicely.

A little last-minute repair of some rain-exacerbated potholes on the last portion of the course across the parking lot.

Testing out the finish tape.

Testing out the finish tape.

When the race director's smiling, you know it's a good day.

When the race director’s smiling, you know it’s a good day.

First runner's coming! The half-marathon winner!

First runner’s coming! The half-marathon winner!

This little guy popped out of the supporter crowd to follow his mom at the finish.

This little guy popped out of the supporter crowd to follow his mom at the finish.

The Pine Ridge Agency Singers provided runners a lift in the final mile.

The Pine Ridge Agency Singers provided runners a lift in the final mile.

A slightly blurry photo of my friend Jim turning onto the final stretch of his first marathon. Yaaay, Jim!

A slightly blurry photo of my friend Jim turning onto the final stretch of his first marathon. Yaaay, Jim!

For further reading, check out my two bike ride accounts of the course: one in 2012, and one in 2013.

If you’re intrigued, registration for the 2014 race on September 27 is already open!

Copyright 2013 by Katie Bradshaw

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