The Des Moines Marathon/Half/5Mile/5K had a combined total entries of 6157. The first 5 fellas in the full were Kenyan. Kibet, Rotich, Cheptoo, Kosgei, and Pyatich. The first 3 under 2:22.
The half had a more decidedly American feel. Brogan Austin for the win 1:06:20, Austin O’Brien 2nd in 1:08:33, Eric Noel (LRC Racing) 3rd in 1:08:38, Tyson Wieland 4th in 1:09:50, and LRC Racing’s Johnny Rutford 5th in 1:10:15. The women’s race had most all my interest though. Emma Bates ran a sterling 1:15:10 for the “W” followed by Kazakstani runner Yelena Nanaziashvili in 1:20:34. Mary Hillis (LRC Racing) next in 1:21:03. The battle for 4th though, that is what I’m talking about! Nicole Norris. She and Jennifer Vandevegte both credited with 1:25:45. Nicole’s half marathon personal best at the start of the year a respectable 1:33. Lowered it at Lincoln to 1:29:40, another 4 minutes chopped off yesterday.
Proud that she is our mate. Proud to be her coach. No philosophical differences.
The Nebraska Marathon/half/5K were also yesterday. No results posted yet. Just like the 80s
I do know that Abby Schlater made her Run Guru Elite debut by finishing 2nd o/a woman in the 5K. And I know Justin Mollak ran 2:46:18 but don’t know where that placed him.
Back in 1980 we would run a race and then wait up to a month for the “Official” results to be sent via snail mail. Now I’m too spoiled, expecting race results posted the same day as the race.