Competing in a run around the Scotts Bluff Monument

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GERING, Neb. Local runners got involved by participating in a race for National Tourism Week.

Over 192 runners competed in the Summit to Summit Run/Walk around the Scotts Bluff National Monument’s Visitor Center.

They ran along Summit Road to the top of the bluffs.

The overall race was 7.2 miles.

The first runner got to the halfway point, 3.6 miles, in about 26 minutes.

The winner of the race, Joe Wilson, completed the 7.2 mile race in 42:58.

Not only did he win the race, he broke the original record.

“At my age, it’s not common to break records so I’ll take it,” said Joe Wilson, Winner and Record Breaker. “Nick is a phenomenal runner who’s held the record in the past so to be able to be mentioned in the same breath with him is an accomplishment.”

Wilson says he runs eight to ten miles with his wife every day in Wyoming.

He says the hardest part of the course was the hills.

Wilson mentions that everyone should make exercising a habit in their life.

“Whether you have never run before or you run every day of your life, it’s important to get out,” explained Wilson. “I do it to set a good example for my family, my kids and my job.”

The race ended with a runner’s awards ceremony.