When is the race?

September 26, 2020

How much does the race cost?

Great question!  Here’s our pricing and timing of increases

Every dollar supports the important cause of student scholarships!

Registration received on or before May 31

Marathon: $75

Half Marathon: $55

Half Marathon Relay: $40

5K: $25

From June 1 - August 31

Marathon: $85

Half Marathon: $65

Half Marathon Relay: $45

5K: $30

From September 1 - September 10 (t-shirt guarantee cut-off)

Marathon: $110

Half Marathon: $90

Half Marathon Relay: $50

5K: $40

From September 11 - Expo Day

Marathon: $110

Half Marathon: $90

Half Marathon Relay: $50

5K: $40

What do I get for my registration fee?

  • Technical T-Shirt
  • Unique Finisher Medal
  • Bus Transportation
  • Post-Race Drinks, Food & Entertainment
  • SWAG Bag filled with regional items and promotions
  • Opportunity for overall cash prizes (full and half marathon only) and age-division prizes
  • On-Course Support
  • Free Parking at the Finish Area
  • Water/Energy Gel/Sports Drink at Aid Stations

What are the courses like?

All three courses are a beautiful, challenging mix of paved roads and wide dirt trails.  The full marathon begins with a significant downhill grade for nearly five miles and flattens until it approaches mile 13, near where the half marathon begins.  At this point, the course gains elevation through Mitchell Pass and around Scotts Bluff National Monument, where the pioneers crossed with wagons and handcarts.  After some rolling hills, the remainder of the course is primarily flat, with a few gradual inclines and declines as it traverses a wide dirt track through the visually stunning Scotts Bluff National Monument “badlands” and finally circles back through town to the finish. For more information, see our Full Marathon or Half Marathon Course Maps or Map My Run Google 3D aerial maps.

What is the course elevation?

The highest point on the full marathon course is at the start, at 4,556 feet.  The highest point on the half marathon course is 4,172 feet.  The average course elevation is approximately 3,900 feet.

What time do the races start?

Both the Full Marathon and Half Marathon start at 7:30 a.m.  The 5K and Half Relay begin at 8:00 a.m., but participants need to arrive at Five Rocks Amphitheater for the 5K and Half Relay lineup prior to 7:30 a.m.

Are the courses certified?

Yes!  Both the full and half courses are certified by the USA Track and Field Association.  The full marathon USATF certification number is NE12003DCR.  The half marathon USATF certification number is NE12002DCR.

Are the races professionally timed?

Yes, chip timing is used, with both gun times and chip times being provided to full and half marathoners.  Results will be posted in real time on race day.

What awards will be given?


A custom medal will be given to all finishers of the full, half, 5K, and half relay.

Cash awards will be given to three overall male & female racers in the full marathon and half marathon and 5K.


Age division awards will be given in the full and half marathon to the top two male & female racers of the following age groups (overall winners ARE NOT eligible for age division awards): 14 - 19 yrs, 20 - 29 yrs, 30 - 39 yrs, 40 - 49 yrs, 50 - 59 yrs, 60 - 69 years, 70 + yrs

Half Marathon Relay teams will receive awards for the first and second place teams in the following three categories:

  • all male team

  • all female team

  • coed team

Can I see who else is participating this year?

What type of surfaces will I be running on?

Variety is the spice of life, right?!  Portions of the course are on paved four and two lane roads, which have very narrow shoulders.  Other portions are on unevenly surfaced, wide (one traffic lane) dirt or gravel paths, which will require you to be on constant alert and watching your footing.

What will the weather be like?

The one thing that is consistent about the weather in western Nebraska is that it is unpredictable!  Be prepared for sun, rain, wind or snow and perhaps all of the above!  However, we chose this time of year because normally the temperatures are mild and the winds are light.  Average temperatures for this time of year include highs of 70º F to lows of 43º F.

Are wheelchairs (and hand crank cycles) allowed on the courses?

We do not consider this a wheelchair and hand crank cycle friendly course due to the uneven dirt and gravel surfaces that make up significant portions of both courses.  If you are still interested, contact us to discuss the possibility so we can provide you more information. 

Are walkers allowed on the courses?

The courses are open for six hours, with sweeps being done for participants who are not keeping up with the rolling road closures.  If you can walk that speed (approximately a 13.5 minute mile for the full marathon), you are welcome to do so, so long as you pay attention to runners on the course and yield accordingly.

How frequently will aid stations be placed?

Approximately every 2 miles throughout the marathon and half marathon courses for a total of 13 aid stations for the full, and 8 aid stations for the half.  Gatorade is available alongside water at all water stations EXCEPT miles 5 and 17 (full course) which are water and ice only stations.  Energy gels will be available at Aid Stations B through L.

Are there toilets along the course?

Yes, there will be toilets at the start and approximately every three miles on the course.

Will medical assistance be available?

Volunteer medical professionals will be stationed on the course. Bicycle marshals will be patrolling the course and a medical tent will be located at the finish area which will include massage therapists, nurses, doctors and chiropractors.

Can I wear headphones and list to music/streaming/podcasts?

For your safety and the safety of those around you, we strongly discourage the use of headphones during the race.  Part of the course is on open highway or roadways where you should be alert to traffic, part of the course is through areas sometimes crossed by snakes that warn you of their presence with their rattles.

Can a partner bike alongside me or can I push my child in a baby jogger while I run or walk?

No. For your safety, as well as the safety of your children and/or your crew, absolutely no strollers, baby joggers, bikes, wagons or other similar mechanisms will be allowed on the course, other than bikes used by race officials.  There will be traffic on the course, as well as areas of the course that are not suitable for non-official bikes, strollers or baby joggers.

Can I bring my dog on the course?

We love our pets too, but no.  For the safety of other participants, for your pets and for the wildlife in the Monument area, we cannot allow pets on the course.

What should I do if I encounter wildlife?

Please don’t approach wildlife.  The most common animals you are likely to encounter are coyotes and deer, which are likely to run from you.  Bike marshals will be patrolling the course, on the lookout for wildlife, but in the unlikely event that you encounter a rattle snake or a skunk, please give them a wide berth and notify someone at the next aid station.  If you are bitten by a snake, move away from it, then stop moving, remove any constricting items near the affected area, keep the bite lower than the heart and seek assistance from another participant or race marshal to get immediate medical assistance from the closest medical aid station. 

Will there be a course sweep?

Yes, we will have a sag vehicle.

Is there a bus shuttle to the start area?

There is a shuttle for the full marathon, which is a point to point course.  Full marathoners will be picked up at Five Rocks Amphitheater at 6:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and bused to the start of the full marathon. Everyone is encouraged to park at Five Rocks Amphitheater, which is where the half-marathon will start, and where both races will finish.  BUSES WILL LEAVE PROMPTLY!

If I am in the full marathon and am bused to the start, what do I do with my gear?

Your gear will be transported back to the finish area at Five Rocks Amphitheater, where you may pick it up after the race.

Is there parking at the start area?

Everyone should park at Five Rocks Amphitheater, which is where the half marathon will start, where the buses will pick up the full marathoners and where both races will finish.  Busing to the full Marathon start is highly recommended as there is only limited fee-based parking at the start of the full Marathon, which begins at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center.  Buses leave at 6:00 a.m. To park at the Wildcat Hills Nature Center, a valid Nebraska park entry permit is required and must be pre-purchased ($5.00 per day).  There will be not be a shuttle back to the start of the full marathon. 

What is available at the finish for Finishers?

Your finisher medal, food, drinks and medical assistance including fluids, massage therapists and chiropractors.  Full marathon gear bags will be here if you dropped one at the start. Be sure to stay for the awards ceremony!!!

Where should my friends and family and fans view the race?

For minimal course disruption, we recommend that family and fans view the race from the following areas: full marathon course viewing at McClellan Park or Geil Elementary School; full and half marathon viewing on Country Club Road (please park on Clubhouse Road – DO NOT park on the north side of Country Club Road). The canal road north of the Scotts Bluff National Monument is closed to everyone except for participants and race officials.  Check out our course information page to see more recommendations on viewing and road impact on race day.

Are there areas of the course that are closed to spectator viewing?

Yes.  Spectators will NOT be allowed on Canal Road north of Scotts Bluff National Monument.  Only participants and race officials will be allowed on this portion of the course, for the safety of the participants and the spectators and pursuant to our agreement with the landowners.

Can I register for an event on race day?

No.  Online registration closes at noon on September 24th. Registration is available in person at the expo and will close at 8pm on September 25, 2020 (t-shirt guarantee deadline is September 10th!).

May someone under age 14 participate in the full or half marathon?

Children 14 and under may participate in the half marathon, with the signature of their parent or guardian and only if they are accompanied on the course AT ALL TIMES by a parent or guardian.  All participants 18 and under must have the signature of their parent or guardian.  There are no prizes issued for anyone under 14.


I registered but can no longer participate. Can I have my money refunded?

Sorry, while we are sympathetic, there will be no refunds for any reason.  We are a non-profit, primarily volunteer organization and refunding creates issues for our bookkeepers and creates problems as we need to purchase supplies for planned participants well in advance of the race.  You have the option of transferring your registration to someone else until September 1. You may switch events until September 1, but no refund for the difference between the cost of the full marathon and the half marathon will be given.  Please call to transfer your registration or to switch events.  These deadlines are firm!

Where do I pick up my race packet?

The  Marathon Expo, open to the public, will be held on September 25, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Gering Civic Center, 1050 M Street in Gering.  A pasta feed for runners, family and friends, and community members will be held from 5-8pm with a speaker and live entertainment!

Do I have to get my race packet at the Expo or can I pick it up the day of the race?

You must pick up your race packet, which includes your number, on Friday. To streamline the process, there will be NO packet pick-up on race day. 

Can I have a friend pick up my race packet for me?

Yes, you may, so long as your waiver has been signed.  NOTE: If you registered electronically, your waiver has been signed. You are responsible for all safety information contained within your packet and provided at the Expo.  Please contact us prior to the race so we can plan for your friend.

How do I get to Gering/Scottsbluff, Nebraska?

The communities of Gering and Scottsbluff are located approximately 200 miles northeast of Denver, CO, 200 miles south of Rapid City, South Dakota, and 450 miles west of Omaha, Nebraska. If you choose to fly, you can fly into the Western Nebraska Regional Airport, which has connecting flights from Denver.

I'd like to volunteer to help out. Who should I contact?

Fantastic!  We love our volunteers!  Please contact us at 308.630-6550 or email us.

I'd like to be a sponsor. Who should I contact?

 Hurray!  We love our sponsors!  The Monument Marathon wouldn't be possible without your support.  Click here for more information, or call us at 308.630.6551 or email us. 

I would like to be a vendor at your expo. Who should I contact?

We would love to have you at our expo! Please contact us at 308.630.6550 or email us for information about expo pricing.

Who does this event benefit?

This event helps fund the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation.  The Foundation supports students, programs and facilities at WNCC.  To date, the Monument Marathon has helped to raise more than $350,000 for scholarships and support of our students.  The Foundation was created more than 40 years ago to plan for the needs of our students and ensure that WNCC will continue providing an excellent education far into the future.  Our purpose is to expand access and maintain affordability of education to students at WNCC. 

Western Nebraska Community College is an important local resource that benefits not only our students, but our entire community, promoting workforce development, economic development and quality of life.  People invest in WNCC for unique reasons, whether it be "paying it forward" because you were the beneficiary of a scholarship when you attended school, because you may recognize the dramatic difference financial support can make in the life of a student, or because you take advantage of our life-long and continuing education learning opportunities for yourself, your business, or your employees.   WNCC improves the local economy and keeps young people in the area.  The generous support we receive to make the Monument Marathon a successful fundraiser would not be possible without our incredible sponsors, volunteers and the runners themselves who spend their funds on our registration fees to not only have a great race experience, but also ultimately to support an important cause.  The Marathon promotes the mission of the WNCC Foundation, and also helps to raise awareness of important healthy lifestyle issues in the Valley, as well as bringing important tourist dollars to the area.

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