Still some marathons this fall! Des Moines featured a couple of fast friends. Former NRGE mate and current Iowa Ablaze runner Jay Welp took the win in the Half Marathon with a sterling 1:06:31. Quoting Jay, “Felt really good on a beautiful morning with a fast course.” New buddy Will Henry of the Kansas City Smoke happy with his fifth place 1:09:30, “Huge PR for me!” In the full marathon it was William Mutai (2:23:01) over a Sammy Rotich (2:23:26). Omaha native Sydney Hirsch took fourth overall in what I believe to be her debut with a fine 2:53:19.
At the Columbus (OH) Marathon a different Sammy Rotich (2:15:05) and Elijah Rugut (2:15:05) tied it up, I doubt they were holding hands. On the women’s side Fayne Gudato (2:34:29) for the win. In the accompanying half marathon James Ngandu (1:02:14) had the measure of Dominic Korir (1:02:17). For the ladies it was Vicoty Chepngeno in an eye popping 1:10:24.
Locally we had the GOATZ 50K, the Nebraska Furniture Mart Halloween 5K and the Sumtur Twilight Dash 5K & 10K.