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Monument Marathon

Gering, NE

Race Dates

2017: Saturday, September 30, 2017
2016: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 56°F (13°C)
Average High: 72°F (22°C)
Average Low: 40° F (4°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.14
Course Score: 97.14

Race Size

2016: 65 Finishers
2015: 76 Finishers
2014: 102 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 0%
2015: 3.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Monument Marathon is downhill point-to-point course with approximately 20% on dirt roads. The moderately high elevation (3900-4600 feet) may affect some runners not acclimated to elevation as will the unpaved portions of the course.

The course begins with a significant downhill grade for nearly five miles and flattens out as the course nears mile 13. After the halfway point, the course rises through Mitchell Pass and around Scotts Bluff National Monument.

The remainder of the course is mostly flat with a few rolling hills. The race finishes through town.

The course starts at 4,600 feet and finishes at 4.000 feet.

Marathon Rankings

The Monument Marathon was the 505th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 448th largest in 2015.

Last year no finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Monument Marathon the 493rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 397th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 97.14 ranks it as the 363rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Nebraska.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Monument Marathon a PR Score of 97.14. This PR Score ranks it as the 321st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Nebraska.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 4609 feet (1405m)
Min Elevation: 3873 feet (1180m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Monument Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2013 Monument Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Beautiful scenery, challenging course. Mostly pavement except approximately 6 miles on dirt.

Race Tips

First 4 miles are down hill, mile 13-15 are significant up hill, plan accordingly.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Finish Time Equivalent

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