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David Too debuts and lifts the IMT Des Moines Marathon title

Kenya’s David Too made his marathon debut memorable as he beat an experienced field to lift the IMT Des Moines Marathon that was held on Sunday (17) in Des Moines, Iowa.

Too had come to this race with a personal best of 1:06.07 over the half marathon and was expected to run that same distance at the IMT Des Moines races Sunday, but he changed his mind after a good half marathon workout three days before the event.

Too, the native of Eldoret, rallied past fading 2017 IMT winner Luke Kibet with approximately 7km to go and forged ahead with a powerful kick to cu the tape a new personal best of 2:16.19.

The race course record of 2:12.19 that was set in 2014 by Philip Lagat from Kenya remained intact.

“I had that endurance,” Too said. “It’s about mental work. You have to change your mind, your attitude.”

Too is pursuing a master’s degree in sports management at Florida A&M, his university before transferring to Iowa State before the 2018-19 indoor track season. He made a special trip to Iowa for this race and was thrilled to bring the first IMT marathon win in history to his squad, the orange-clad Runablaze Iowa team.

“Runablaze has been supportive to me,” Too said. “That’s why for most races I am flying from Florida to run with them.”

For Kibet, it was another painful marathon result. Last month, he and another runner were in charge of the Quad Cities Marathon last month when they both went off course near the halfway point and were disqualified. On Sunday, another problem materialized. The Kenyan began to feel pain in his groin and he slowed to a 5:17 pace over the final 10 kilometers.

“Around 10 miles, it started from there,” Kibet said. “When David caught me, I told him I have a problem in my leg.”

Kibet’s time of 2:18.08 was nevertheless 3:24 faster than his winning effort from 2017.

In the women race, Ethiopian Hirut Guangul defended her title as she fought off a spirited effort over the first 15 miles from former Des Moines Roosevelt and Drake University athlete Emma Huston to run 2:36.05. The race course record of 2:34.10 set in 2016 by Olga Kimaiyo remained intact.

“I push because I don’t know the lady,” Guangul said. “I don’t want to lose my first place. That for me motivated me more.”

Mwangangi and Kibet to be compensated after being disqualified at Quad Cities Marathon

Tyler Pence won the Quad Cities Marathon this weekend when two Kenyan runners who had far outpaced him were disqualified after being diverted off the course by a race volunteer bicyclist.

Pence crossed the finish line in 2:15.06 to become the first U.S. runner since 2001 to win the race. The head track and cross-country coach at the University of Illinois-Springfield, Pence logged his fastest time ever with the win. His time is the third best in the history of the event and earned him the first prize of $3,000.

It came after Elijah Mwangangi Saolo and Luke Kibet diverted from the course a little more than halfway to the finish line when the bicycle rider leading them mistakenly went straight when he should have turned.

Elijah Mwangangi Saolo and Luke Kibet were left to wonder what might have been had they not diverted from the course on Arsenal Island, a little more than halfway to the finish line.

Saolo and Kibet were far out in front of Pence and the rest of the pack as they came down Rodman Avenue on the island. But the bicycle rider leading them through the course mistakenly went straight on Rodman when he should have turned, and the two Kenyans followed him.

Race director Joe Moreno confirmed that the bicyclist went the wrong way.

As Moreno explained the mistake to Saolo and Kibet near the finish line, the bicyclist stood nearby on the brink of tears.

“I messed up royally,’’ he muttered.

Moreno said he needed to look at video of the mistake but said it was very likely the race would do something for both Saolo and Kibet.

“I don’t want this to be a total loss for them so I think there is going to be some compensation for them,’’ he said. “That shows that we are taking some responsibility ourselves. As race director, I feel somewhat responsible … It’s very likely we’re going to compensate them Today.’’

He said he and his race committee would learn from the mistake.

“The responsibility falls on (the bicyclist) to know the course,’’ Moreno added. “The responsibility falls on the chairman of those bicyclists … That’s not acceptable.

“Our volunteers have to be better trained or qualified. We just can’t have any bicyclists any more. We’re going to have some qualifying standards to have that responsible position … We learn from this experience.’’

Kuwait’s Alali Mo Abdulmohsen finished in second place while Philemon Terer of Kenya, who was seeking his fourth Quad Cities title, placed fifth.

Saolo was on a near-record pace before his mishap occurred. He is the grandson of Joseph Nzau, a Kenya running legend who won the Quad-City Times Bix 7 twice in the 1980s.