Posted: Oct 18, 2010 9:46 AM by Nichole Larkey
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Kenyan living in Texas had to hop a
bus to make it to Iowa, where he shattered the record at the Des Moines Marathon by more than 8 minutes.
The Des Moines Register says James Kirwa of El Paso ran the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 20 seconds in his marathon debut Sunday.
Kirwa flew into Kansas City, where a friend was supposed to drive him to Des Moines. The friend never showed, so Kirwa paid $45 for a bus ticket and reached Des Moines late Saturday.
Because of heavy traffic Sunday morning, Kirwa arrived downtown about 10 minutes before the race. In last year's marathon, the two leaders were stopped for about a minute by a freight train a quarter mile from the finish.