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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.”