Monument Marathon wins Nebraska tourism award

The Platte Valley Companies Monument Marathon was among the top winners at the Nebraska Travel Conference in Norfolk Thursday as more than 170 tourism professionals were on hand to honor their peers. The event capped the annual Nebraska Travel Conference organized by the Nebraska Tourism Commission and hosted by the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau.

The Monument Marathon was presented the award for Outstanding Event for communities with populations up to 10,000.

A travel industry release says a popular event can trademark a community and provide a significant boost to its economy. WNCC Executive Director Dayle Wallien says the goal of the event was to promote healthy lifestyles, introduce and promote beautiful, scenic, Western Nebraska to a whole new population, bring outside tourism dollars to the community and to raise funds for the Foundation.

The release said the carefully determined and certified marathon course featured the Oregon Trail, Wildcat Hills, The Scotts Bluff National Monument and the badlands north of the monument.

Wallien says the award really is a tribute to the community, the volunteers involved and the people who live here. WNCC Foundation
Board Chair Howard Olsen praised Wallien, who he said "has made the event what it is". Wallien is leaving the position at the end of the month to move to the Seattle area, but Olsen says the Foundation is committed to "continuing the event that she has put on such solid ground."

With 422 registrants from 24 states, the health expo and marathon surpassed all of its goals.

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