Area runner wins Omaha half-marathon, set to run first full at Monument Marathon

September 18, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Dylan Stansbury of Crawford has been running since the eighth grade. This Sept. 29, he plans to run his first full marathon as the Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon returns for its seventh year.

Last weekend, about 2,000 people participated in the Omaha Marathon. It was Stansbury’s first time to run in the half-marathon event at Omaha. Calling it his best run, he came in first with a winning time of 1:14:44.

“I tried out running the mile in eighth grade and that’s how I got started,” Stansbury said. “I ran for my high school team before I attended Chadron State.”

Stansbury graduated from Chadron State College in the fall of 2016. During his college years, he competed for both the cross country and track teams.

Now at 26, Stansbury has run half-marathons and 10K events around the region. He’s been in the Boulder Bolder, a 10 K event at Chicago, the half-marathon in Omaha on Sept. 16 and in the 2017 Monument Marathon.

“I’ll be running the full 26 miles in the Monument Marathon this year,” he said. “It’s the first time I’ve run an entire marathon. I want to know what my time will be.”

As of Monday afternoon, 429 runners have registered for the seventhth annual Monument Marathon. They’re from across the United States and Canada. A runner will also be coming from Germany to compete.

With full marathon, half-marathon and 5K events, the Monument Marathon has been very successful in attracting runners for every competitive distance as the course winds around the beautiful back country surrounding the Scotts Bluff National Monument, Wildcat Hills and areas south of Gering.

And for the competitive runners, the marathon and half-marathon are sanctioned and certified by the USA Track and Field Association.

Funds raised by the Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon are used by the Western Nebraska Community College Foundation to provide scholarship opportunities for deserving students so they can continue their education.

The event is fast approaching, but runners can still register by going to the marathon website at monumentmarathon.com. Participants can also follow announcements and other activity on the Monument Marathon Facebook page. Volunteer trainings will also be held this week and volunteers can register on the website for those time slots.

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