More than 5,000 runners of all ages raced through the streets of Des Moines on Sunday morning in the Hy-Vee Road Races at the Drake Relays on the final day of action at the 2013 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee. The Hy-Vee Road Races featured a half marathon, 10k and 6k races with all three finishing inside Drake Stadium as competitors raced for $120,000 in prize money.
That purse drew some of the world’s best road runners to Des Moines as fans watched the fastest men’s and women’s half marathon times run in Drake Relays history. Mark Kiptoo of Kenya won the men’s Hy-Vee Half Marathon and $12,000 first-place prize in 1:02.27 after switching to the event from the 10k race at the last minute.
The 10k race, benefitting the Healthiest State Initiative, also saw fast times on a beautiful morning in Des Moines. Emmanuel Bett, who owned the fastest 10,000-meter time in the world last year, easily won the race in 28:25.
Seven Drake Relays record fell during Saturday’s session which drew a sellout crowd of better than 14,500 fans. In all, six world best marks were established.