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A day full of events

WNCC Foundation holds Monument Marathon; Broadway Bash ends day on Broadway in Scottsbluff

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Scottsbluff had a busy day on September 24 starting off with a marathon and ending with a Broadway Bash celebration to honor the runners and volunteers for their participation.

The 2016 Monument Marathon consisted of three different courses; the marathon, half-marathon, and a 5k course. Over 600 participants gathered at the Five Rocks Amphitheater to prepare for the race ahead.

Many runners spoke about their motivations and preparations for the marathon.  Tanner Logan of Lincoln, Nebraska, was among the crowd of first-time marathon participants, who revealed his training techniques.“I’ll have two medium distance runs per week and a long distance run every week,” said Logan, “I try to train at least three months in advance.”

Other runners, like Kapia Su, have an astonishingly vast running experience. Su just ran her 49th marathon this past weekend and hopes to run her 50th in Hawaii, the only state that she has not ran in. ” I picked this race because it’s very scenic,” said Su, “Running became a lifestyle.”

Shauna Ziemer, who ran the 5K, would agree with this statement. Zeimer runs 5ks seasonally in preparation for the race.

Not only is the marathon great strategy to stay in shape, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to spend time together. Clarck and Jack Burden, accompanied by Jon Paul Burden shared with us their experience of the half marathon, while sporting their Deputy Longmire T-shirts in support of their beloved movie. In remarks to their goals for this race, they said, ” We would just like to get done.” Jack Burden, of Arizona, commented that his friends would joke around and tell him he drove 4,000 miles to walk 13. Despite the odds he did it.

Our volunteers for the marathon worked hard to make this event happen and run smoothly. Howard Olsen, WNCC Foundation president expressed his gratitude for the volunteers in his speech last Saturday.

“I want to give a shout out to our volunteers that you see with yellow shirts on, or blue shirts on and particularly Kristin Wiebe who was a volunteer coordinator and Jim Trumble,” said Olsen,”This morning at 5 o’clock, he [Trumble] had a crew out on the ditch bank making it at least acceptable because we had quite a rain last night.”

Much appreciation is given to all of the volunteers, including our very own WNCC Cougar men’s basketball team. They worked hard to set up, tear down, and clean our community’s Five Rocks Amphitheater.

Saturdays events ended on a good note with the Broadway Bash. Many events took place on the street of Broadway such as the Twin City Roofing barbecue cook off, shopping, and the Husker game played on the big screen right in the middle of Broadway. For $10 an individual could walk around and taste all the barbecue they wanted. Other vendors came and showcased their abilities from jewelry design to farming and agriculture.

Overall Saturday’s events proved to be a monumental accomplishment. Individuals worked long and hard that weekend, preparing, taking part in, and breaking down the aftermath of this spectacular occasion.

Many people worked hard to surpass their goals and to participate in an experience they will forever cherish in their memories and hearts.

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