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Oct 24
NPCC wins Runner’s Choice award for race aid station

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Jeff Smeltzer and Jamie Peters are presented with a traveling plaque for winning "Runner's Choice" for their aid station during the Chris Jarvis Autumn River Run Marathon.

North Platte Community College won the "Runner's Choice" award for an aid station provided during the Chris Jarvis Autumn River Run Marathon on Oct. 6 in North Platte. 

Jamie Peters, the college's area assistant director of human resources and wellness, Jeff Smeltzer, the college's Business and Community Education coordinator, and Smelter's son, Jarrett, manned the booth. 

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They chose a "Bob Ross – 1980s" theme and set up on the north side of the Iron Horse Park lake. They donned wigs and blasted '80s style music while handing out energy gels, fruit, water, Gatorade and other snacks and drinks provided by the Platte River Fitness Series. 

"It was a lot of fun," said Peters. "We've helped with an aid station for the past three years, and always enjoy cheering on the runners. That's a big race, so having someone encourage you and tell you that you can make it to the end is a big deal. We were proud to be a part of that." 

On Tuesday at the college, series director Trudy Merritt presented Jeff and Peters with a large traveling plaque and a smaller plaque that they can keep. 

Several of the runners they supported with their aid station are NPCC employees. 

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Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​