New records were set Saturday in both the men’s and women’s full and half marathons in what Race Coordinator Jennifer Reisig said was an “amazing” 10th annual Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon.
Weather conditions were perhaps the best of all of the races over the past decade, with a very light breeze and cool temperatures as runners started on the course.
First to cross the line were runner in the 5k, with Jarred Berger taking top honors in the men’s division with a time of 19:05. Shortly after, Alicia Cuevas posted a top time of 25:24 in the women’s division.
Elite runners who traveled across the country to take part in the race that benefits the WNCC Foundation’s scholarship program made their mark during the course of the race day.
Lawrence Kipkoech started the cascade of falling course records, posting a time of 1:07:29 to take the men’s division title and break the prior record by more than 5 minutes.
Sara Vaughn was the women’s division half marathon champion with a time of 1:17.36, smashing the mark of 1:32:53 that had stood since 2014.
In the full marathon, Alex Ekesa posted a time of 2:29:35, which bested the 2:42:17 set last year.
For the women, it was once again Annemarie Wilson of Lingle taking the top spot, with a time of 3:16:38, which bested her 2019 record of 3:18:29.
New this year was the half relay, with 17 three-person teams. Team False Confidence posted a time of 1:33:44 to top the men’s division, fastest co-ed team was The Van Cleave Squad at 1:37:11 and the fastest woman’s team was Team Sole Sisters Forever with a 1:45:32.
In all, some 430 runners took to the field, more than a dozen of which had run in all of the Monument Marathons dating back ten years.
Reisig thanked the many sponsors and volunteers that made the 10th anniversary race such a success.
“This year is a great year, every year has been a great year. Every year is a bit different, but the amazing help from our volunteers, from our sponsors, from the runners themselves, we couldn’t do this without any of those people,” said Reisig. “And it was wonderful not to have 40 mile an hour winds, it was wonderful not to have rain.”