Overall Rating
Overall Rating (11 Reviews)
4.4
(11 Ratings)(11 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.6
SCENERY
4.7
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
4.1
The Monument Marathon is a point to point course and the half marathon course is a loop course. Both courses will share a finish line at the Five Rocks Amphitheater, in Gering, Nebraska. Both of the scenic courses are net downhill, but provide some elevation changes and varied running surfaces, … MORE
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    Tailhook007 FIRST-TIMER '20

    The race director put on a great race, thoughtful planning, and consideration for COVID 19 precautions. They had the biggest turnout for their event yet. The Upper Platte basin is … MORE

    The race director put on a great race, thoughtful planning, and consideration for COVID 19 precautions. They had the biggest turnout for their event yet. The Upper Platte basin is gorgeous! You’ll run right through Monument National Park… up a steep graded hill for a few miles, I might add! The course is split 7 ish miles on paved road, the rest is on coarse dirt and crushed stone trails. You’ll be better off to run trail rather than road shoes if you’re looking to run fast.

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    5
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    RRWAEB83 FIRST-TIMER '20

    I loved how organized everything was from start to finish. It was well executed, the scenery was breathtaking, and the volunteers were encouraging. This community really showed up to support … MORE

    I loved how organized everything was from start to finish. It was well executed, the scenery was breathtaking, and the volunteers were encouraging. This community really showed up to support the runners. I loved this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    bioprofsd FIRST-TIMER '20

    The start of this race was on a very fast downhill from the Wildcat Hills Recreation Area down to the valley floor on paved highway. We then turned east for … MORE

    The start of this race was on a very fast downhill from the Wildcat Hills Recreation Area down to the valley floor on paved highway. We then turned east for 2 miles, then north for another 2 miles, and then back west again. Around mile 13, we started descending up to the Scottsbluff National Monument along the route of the Oregon Trail. This year, the wind funneled down through the gap in the bluffs and blasted us with 30 to 45 mph gusts. At one point, a tumbleweed even blew down the road right towards me before veering off at the last moment. It was tough going even after we were west of the bluffs on the downhill with the wind in our faces. We then looped around to the east again and turned onto a dusty dirt road which we followed around the north side of the bluffs back into town. The wind picked up the dust at times, making it tough to enjoy the views of the badlands-like terrain. I’m sure that in better weather, this would be a delightful stretch of dirt road. After we returned to town, we then headed south on a paved bike trail most of the way back to the finish. The wind made it difficult to appreciate the views, but they were breathtaking none-the-less. This is definitely the most scenic marathon in Nebraska, or perhaps even the midwest, and is a must-do race for any history buffs as it is steeped in the history of the Oregon Trail and the old West.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    4
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    M_Sohaskey Sep 29, 2020 at 1:48pm

    Nicely done, Tim! I can relate to being chased by tumbleweeds, since I spent much of my early childhood in El Paso doing just that. I know you've run in… MORE

    Nicely done, Tim! I can relate to being chased by tumbleweeds, since I spent much of my early childhood in El Paso doing just that. I know you've run in just about every conceivable weather condition, but I also know strong headwinds may be the worst, so I'm glad you were able to appreciate the run despite the gusts. Thanks for another great review—you and Jonathan (below) have definitely turned me on to Monument! Rest & recover well before your return to Nebraska next week. 😊 LESS

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    jdhunt FIRST-TIMER '20

    Monument Marathon is a small race that packs a punch! The course was really quite enjoyable, starting out with a big 2 mile downhill run from the Wildcat Hills State … MORE

    Monument Marathon is a small race that packs a punch! The course was really quite enjoyable, starting out with a big 2 mile downhill run from the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area (some nice views here!). After that big downhill, you get flat country roads with some rolling hills and scenic view of buttes and bluffs. Lots of people think of flat cornfields when they think of Nebraska (sure was some of that), but there is a quiet beauty in this part of the country, particularly running close to and within Scotts Bluff National Monument. The park is like the badlands of western Nebraska and was a prominent landmark on the Oregon Trail. I personally found the course itself to be easy, although the race was hard this year because of things outside of the organizers control (wind!!!! and lower air quality due to wildfires in Colorado and Wyoming).

    One thing that really stuck out for me was the enthusiastic support for the race by the local community. Of course there there aren’t a lot of spectators in a small race like this, but the volunteers and spectators who were out there were extremely friendly and enthusiastic! I was thanked for being out there running by more than a few people – it was I who should be thanking them! I really appreciated their enthusiasm and appreciation!

    Not a ton of swag from this race, but I frankly don’t need any of that after racing more than a few races. These days, the only thing I really want from a race that I haven’t done is the medal – and it was a nice hefty one shaped like Nebraska with a graphic of runners and the bluffs. Overall, Monument Marathon was a great race and I definitely recommend it for a Nebraska race for those who like some nice scenery and great supporters!

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    2
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
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    3

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 29, 2020 at 1:48pm

    Sounds like a hidden gem of the Midwest! This definitely makes me wish I'd run Monument instead of Omaha, and hopefully I'll have the chance to get back to Nebraska… MORE

    Sounds like a hidden gem of the Midwest! This definitely makes me wish I'd run Monument instead of Omaha, and hopefully I'll have the chance to get back to Nebraska and try again—I'm all for quiet beauty in my marathons. Congrats on getting it done despite the strong winds Jonathan, I know nothing demotivates quite like being blasted in the fact for miles at a time. Glad you were still able to enjoy the scenery, and thanks for the excellent review! LESS

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    kloskyj FIRST-TIMER '20

    Well organized, aid station about every 3 miles for the first half, then more frequently later on. Course is fairly scenic with 2 sets of bluffs. Mostly on road with … MORE

    Well organized, aid station about every 3 miles for the first half, then more frequently later on. Course is fairly scenic with 2 sets of bluffs. Mostly on road with some easy dirt trail in the high teens and 20s. Seems like it gets windy a lot and we certainly had at least 30 mph out of the west, so in your face on the one decent hill around 13-16. Great support, nice little town feel, a very good marathon overall. Beer and pizza at the finish. Busses to start were well run.

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    2
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    coweyeslee FIRST-TIMER '20

    Start at 75 end at 83 fully under the sun. No shade Rolling hills starting at mile 7 30+ mph wind started at mile 10 to the end. All dirt … MORE

    Start at 75 end at 83 fully under the sun. No shade
    Rolling hills starting at mile 7
    30+ mph wind started at mile 10 to the end. All dirt flew in straight to body , in the mouth, nose, eyes, hard to breath through dirt
    Gravel road at the end that is mean to the tired legs
    Volunteers were super nice. Number of volunteers was double number of runners.
    I like the medal & cotton T-shirt instead of tech shirt

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    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    jsnitko FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race had the whole package! They had a nice, small expo with lots of freebies and gave free rides up to Scotts Bluff monument during packet pick-up. There were … MORE

    This race had the whole package! They had a nice, small expo with lots of freebies and gave free rides up to Scotts Bluff monument during packet pick-up. There were buses to the start. You could hang out in a nice heated building before the start with bathrooms along with free food and drinks. The course was very pretty, running around Scotts Bluff monument and on the Oregon Trail. The finish had an assortment of post race food, free massages & free beer. They had prize money and nice age group awards. It’s a very small race so there’s a better chance you could win an award and/or prize money. This race exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend it for Nebraska!

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    penguins014 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Difficult course but nice views. Very organized. Smaller race, but feels larger due to being well organized. Lots of aid stations. Make sure you get your hotel reservations early. MORE

    Difficult course but nice views. Very organized. Smaller race, but feels larger due to being well organized. Lots of aid stations. Make sure you get your hotel reservations early.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    mlletour FIRST-TIMER '18

    Chose this race as a part of 50 states (30+ to date) and on the birthday of my main running partner. Read reviews and knew it was a bit hilly … MORE

    Chose this race as a part of 50 states (30+ to date) and on the birthday of my main running partner. Read reviews and knew it was a bit hilly and some parts off road.

    Wow! was this race fun. The whole town gets behind the race – everyone is super friendly. There were four of us who came from Florida to run it. The two birthday gals got cupcakes at the packet pick-up. Shirt sizes were easily exchanged. Everyone was eager to offer any suggestions of places to eat and such.

    Expo was pretty small and not a lot of running vendors but I have been to way worse (or not existant in NJ). Again, people super nice!

    Race day was great – weather, staging area, mile markers (could use some clocks), sceanery, massage, awards, food, beer! The water stops were good but maybe could use one or two more in the hills/rocks area. Course was beautiful and challenging. The altituded and hills were a challenge for this flatlander but I would really recommend this race to anyone looking to run a race in Nebraska!

    Small field allowed me to take first place in my age division, my birthday buddy took second and our friend Cindy took first place in her division as well! We made the front cover of the paper on Sunday morning! Such a fun time!

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    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3
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    M_Sohaskey Oct 02, 2018 at 4:17pm

    Cupcakes at packet pickup AND the front page of the Sunday paper? Sounds like a very cool weekend, Madonna! I did a search and saw you were quoted in the… MORE

    Cupcakes at packet pickup AND the front page of the Sunday paper? Sounds like a very cool weekend, Madonna! I did a search and saw you were quoted in the article as well. This sounds like a great choice for a Nebraska marathon (unfortunately I already ran Omaha, ugh), and especially with best running buddies. Thanks for the awesome review, and congrats on coloring in Nebraska on your 50 States map! LESS

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    echoguy FIRST-TIMER '17

    My wife and I traveled to Nebraska from Cincinnati to run the race, visit Oregon Trail sites, and climb the highest point in Nebraska. We had a blast. When the … MORE

    My wife and I traveled to Nebraska from Cincinnati to run the race, visit Oregon Trail sites, and climb the highest point in Nebraska. We had a blast.
    When the buses to take the full marathoners to the start were MIA, the race director calmly called in the community to ferry us in vans and SUVs. It worked fine and was a demonstration of the community support for the race. We sat at the pasta dinner with a couple from the community who do not run or volunteer for the race, but just wanted to come and enjoy food and support the charities.

    The course is challenging, but interesting. I particularly liked the section on dirt roads behind the monument at miles 18-22. Age group awards go three deep and in a small race the odds of snagging one are much higher than average.

    The race has left me with a wonderful impression of the entire state of Nebraska.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    robrien0215 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Wow-wasn't expecting what this race was! Extremely challenging with rather large hills. Most was not paved-either packed dirt or gravel. There are quite a few hills after mile 12 just … MORE

    Wow-wasn’t expecting what this race was! Extremely challenging with rather large hills. Most was not paved-either packed dirt or gravel. There are quite a few hills after mile 12 just when you think you’re done with them!
    The race is extremely small-I think a little over 250 people ran the half marathon. There are no pacers and really no spectators.
    The swag bag is quite unique-loaded with stuff though! Probably the most generous I have received. Some items such as a bag of beans were super different.
    The scenery on this course was just breathtaking and the weather was just perfect.

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    4
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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