On June 9th, about 30 people ran in the inaugural Brownlee Marathon. The halfway point of the marathon is right at the Pass Ranch front door. Click here or on the image to see the pictures taken at mile 13. The guy with the shotgun is getting ready to signal the start of the half-marathon.
But wait! There’s more! Here are some pictures taken at mile 17, just after the runners have come over the first hill (and it’s a big one!) on the course. Click on the photo for more.
You can read more about the event from the Lincoln Journal-Star (click on the headline for the full article) but keep reading, there are a bunch more photos at the finish line coming up.
Sandhills Marathon offers unique route
By BRENT C. WAGNER / Lincoln Journal Star
Friday, Jun 08, 2007 – 09:55:50 pm CDT
Jason Taylor wanted to stay close to home to run his next marathon.
But where he calls home is a place most people consider the middle of nowhere â€” a ranch near Thedford in the Sandhills. Lincoln and Denver and their marathons are each five hours away.
During the recent livestock branding season, Taylor heard about a nearby marathon. Nearby, as in the marathon route runs directly through the middle of the ranch where he works.
â€œI told my wife, â€˜It doesnâ€™t get much closer than that,â€™â€ said Taylor, who coaches the distance runners at an area high school.
The first Sandhills Marathon will be run Saturday on a picturesque stretch of Brownlee Road between Valentine and Thedford.
Finally, we get to see the finish line (note the big “V” in the road). Click here or on the photo to see the finishers, spectators, and the silver spurs at the end!
Congratulations to all who ran in the 2007 Brownlee marathon! You are all heroes!