Belainesh Gebre wins 3rd Dam to Dam title

Belainesh GebreEvery time Belainesh Gebre comes to Des Moines, she wins.

The Ethiopian from Flagstaff, Ariz., claimed her third Dam to Dam 20-kilometer title Saturday in her third try. Gebre ran the second-fastest time ever, 1 hour, 8 minutes, 41 seconds, in the race’s 34-year women’s history.

“This is my favorite place,” the 25-year-old Gebre said. “I’m happy because it’s my third time.”

Gebre, who also captured the Hy-Vee Road Races Half Marathon title in April, trails only five-time champion Bonnie Sons in the 20k event. Gebre, Karen Clark and Janice Ettle all own three titles. Gebre’s other crowns came in 2008 and 2009.

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