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You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

October 21, 2009


Heard the one about a Kenyan and another Kenyan who run into a train? True story. Last Sunday, at the Des Moines Marathon, Simon Sawe was in the lead when 400 meters before the finish line he came upon a railroad crossing. That’s right, a real railroad crossing, with a choo-choo train and flashing lights — the whole shabang. So he stopped. And waited. Second-place David Tuwei caught up with him and they waited together. When it was time to go, they sprinted to the finish line. Sawe won the race in 2:24:50. Tuwei finished five seconds behind him in 2:24:55. But who’s counting… You think you can, you think you can, you think you can… Oh wait…



Train stops Des Moines Marathon in its tracks, USA TODAY, October 19, 2009



My favorite comments about this story in USA TODAY:

  • runlikeamother wrote: “Maybe he should’ve “trained” better…”
  • ComSense wrote: “…I wonder what the two runners talked about as they were waiting…”
  • 24×7 wrote: “Proof that trains are faster than Kenyans.”





Art: Trains, by Alejo Accini, available under Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative license

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2009 4:40 PM

    Thank you!, your comment made my day 🙂

  2. October 21, 2009 6:02 PM

    You’re welcome. Thank you!

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