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Des Moines Marathon

 The lead group, no time to be social two miles into the race.

The lead group, no time to be social two miles into the race.

 Cresting the hill on Forest Drive, south of Grand, Walter notices the dog that has little interest in the marathon.

Cresting the hill on Forest Drive, south of Grand, Walter notices the dog that has little interest in the marathon.

 It can be lonely out there!

It can be lonely out there!

 Aid station at the six mile mark, almost out of the hills.

Aid station at the six mile mark, almost out of the hills.

 Lot's of cheers for the USA.

Lot's of cheers for the USA.

 Near the little traffic circle on Harwood.

Near the little traffic circle on Harwood.

 Brian Palmer keeping watch over the 3:35 crew

Brian Palmer keeping watch over the 3:35 crew

 The front pack, near mile 15 still holding together. This group of seven would disintegrate to three at mile 22 with Philip Lagat taking the win.

The front pack, near mile 15 still holding together. This group of seven would disintegrate to three at mile 22 with Philip Lagat taking the win.

 1st place is Biruktait Degefa's , who holds everyone else off for another 11 miles and takes home a $10,000 pay day.

1st place is Biruktait Degefa's , who holds everyone else off for another 11 miles and takes home a $10,000 pay day.

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 The half marathoners heading home.

The half marathoners heading home.