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Covid-19

Safety

Information

Please check back often for updated information as we respond to changing health directives and advice from the State of Nebraska, Panhandle Public Health, and USATF.

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Updated 9/11/20

Download our Runner Race Guide with detailed information and maps

How did we decide on our Covid-19 safety procedures?

Runner Registration Capacity:

  • Runner capacity is limited, so that we are able to adhere to all USATF, state, and local regulations on capacity and appropriate distancing.

  • When registrations reach 90% of capacity a wait list will be activated to allow open spots to be filled on a first come first served basis.

To be in compliance with USATF, our event must follow these regulations. If you are unable or unwilling to comply with these safety requirements, please contact us to request a deferral to the 2021 race. If you are sick or exhibiting any Covid-19  related symptoms in the week prior to the race you MAY NOT participate in the event. Please cancel your plans to attend, and contact us for a deferral to 2021.

Expo and packet pick up safety:

  • Volunteers, expo vendors, and runners, will be screened for Covid-19 symptoms when entering the Gering Civic Center on September 25.

  • Screenings will include a temperature check, and verbal verification that Covid-19 symptoms are not present. If a temperature reading is 100.4 or higher and/or other symptoms are present, participation in the event will not be allowed. Runners will receive a plastic wrist band when they have passed the screening. A wrist band and race bib is required to enter the runner waiting and start areas.

  • All runners must pick up their race bib and packet at the expo between noon and 8pm.

  • All runners, volunteers, and expo vendors will be provided with a Monument Marathon neck gaiter that can be used as a face covering. The use of face coverings is required at the expo.

  • Follow all signs and traffic pattern markings to minimize close contact.

  • 6' social distancing must be maintained when possible.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at stations throughout the expo.

  • Gloves will be worn by volunteers distributing items.

  • Pasta feed buffet will be served by the Civic Center staff, and seating will be limited to eight per table with tables 6' apart.

Race safety:

  • All participants are required to wear face coverings except when warming up or running the race.

  • While running, always maintain at least 6' distance,  announce yourself as you begin to pass and pull up your face covering if distancing is not possible.

  • Each race distance will have a staggered start based on estimated runner finish time (faster runners start first). Follow instructions of race personnel (see specific information about each race distance below). 

​Full marathon:

  • Face coverings are required for all volunteers and all runners except when they are warming up or running the race. Runners are encouraged to wear their Monument Marathon neck gaiter (provided to all runners and volunteers) around their neck, wrist, or tucked in a pocket so they have it available when near another runner and at the finish.

  • Full marathon participants are encouraged to park at Five Rocks Amphitheater and take the shuttle to the start. Buses will be limited to 12 people per bus, one person per seat (unless from the same household), every other seat. Face coverings are required on the buses. Four buses will run at each time with a minimum of three trips to the start line.

  • Participants who do not wish to ride the bus may be dropped off at the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Center. Spectators are NOT allowed at the full start. See map of full start for details on where to drop off runners.

  • Pre-race water and fruit are available at the starting line for full marathon runners, and ample porta potties are available.

  • There is a great view of Scott Bluff County from the Wildcat Hills – catch the earliest bus to the start and give yourself time to explore before the race.

  • The Wildcat Hills Nature Center will NOT be open for runner access on race day due to Covid-19 restrictions. Bring plenty of layers to keep warm while waiting for the start of the race.

  • We provide a gear drop service. Use your bib number tear off tag and leave your bag in the designated bag drop area. Retrieve your bag from the Tourism trailer near the food vendors at Five Rocks Amphitheater. You will need to show your bib to claim your bag. We are not responsible for lost items.

  • The race will have a staggered start of 25 runners in each start wave with adequate room to social distance; waves are organized by estimated finish time, faster runners begin first. Your start wave is printed on the back of your bib; watch volunteers and listen for announcements about when to move into your start wave. Face coverings are required while waiting in start waves.

  • This race is chip timed, so your chip time will begin when you cross the mat at the start line.  Age division prizes are based on chip time. However, overall winners are based on gun time. If you are a contender for the overall winner, you must start in the first wave.

​Half Marathon and 5K

  • Face coverings are required for all volunteers, spectators, and runners except when runners are warming up or running the race. Runners are encouraged to wear their Monument Marathon neck gaiter (provided to all runners and volunteers) around their neck, wrist, or tucked in a pocket so they have it available when near another runner and at the finish.

  • Spectators are not allowed at the start line or in the waiting areas. A separate spectator area is designated and can be accessed from the northeast corner of the parking lot. Listen to volunteers and proceed straight to the spectator area. Do not enter the runner areas or the camping areas. This spectator area is not ADA accessible.

  • Ample toilets and port-a-potties will be on site. Maintain social distancing, wear your face covering, and always heed the instructions of race personnel.

  • See map for details on parking, runner areas, toilets, spectator area, and more.

  • Pre-race water and fruit will NOT be provided to half marathon and 5K participants due to Covid-19 restrictions. The first aid station has water and Gatorade and is available at mile 1.5.

  • The race will have a staggered start of 50 runners in each start wave with adequate room to social distance; waves are organized by estimated finish time, faster runners begin first. Your start wave is printed on the back of your bib; watch volunteers and listen for announcements about when to move into your start wave. Face coverings are required while waiting in the waiting area and in start waves.

  • This race is chip timed, so your chip time will begin when you cross the mat at the start line.  Age division prizes are based on chip time. However, overall winners are based on gun time. If you are a contender for the overall winner, you must start in the first wave.

Aid Stations

  • 6' social distancing must be maintained when possible, and face coverings used when social distancing is not possible.

  • Gloves and face coverings will be worn by volunteers distributing items.

  • Energy gels will not be available at the aid stations but will instead be put in runner bags (one for half marathon runners and three for full marathon runners).

  • Volunteers will spread out and extend arm with gloved hand to distribute cups. Runners should take a cup and keep moving. Volunteers will be masked and runners are encouraged to pull up their face covering. Cups will not be placed on tables to avoid runners congregating. Listen to volunteers who will announce if they have water or gatorade. 

Finish line and award area safety:

  • The entire finish line area will be expanded. 6' social distancing must be maintained, and face coverings used when social distancing is not possible.

  • Gloves will be worn by volunteers distributing items. Medals will be handed to instead of put on runners. Bottles of water and gatorade will be handed to runners. Once runners have their medal and beverage, they should move toward the tents to make room for those finishing next.

  • In the food tent, runners will be handed a food packet and have a choice of other items. All items must be handed to runners, not picked up by runners. Keep moving through the food tent.

  • Capacity in the health care tent will be reduced to allow for proper distancing. Providers and runners will be required to wear masks when giving/receiving care. Runners with the greatest need will be served first in the health tent area. Emergency services are available at the finish line for urgent needs.

  • Practice social distancing during the award ceremony, and sit only in family groups.

  • Food trucks/vendors are licensed and will follow all regulations. Food area seating is limited to eight per table with tables 6' apart.

  • Family and friends are welcome to join runners in the award and food vendor areas. Social distancing and face coverings are required. Please enter via the entrance booth to the east of the amphitheater, opposite the finish chute.

As a rural county with relatively low risk, our race gives an opportunity to naturally social distance while enjoying the beauty of our area and friendliness of our volunteers and community. Thank you to the Monument Marathon steering committee, race crew, and Panhandle Public Health Department for the hours of time spent to make the best decisions possible about safety. Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, community, and runners for your unwavering support during this challenging time.

Registration for the 2021 race is open!

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