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Drake Relays fun is about to begin

April 23, 2013 - Andy Heintz
Another year of the Drake Relays is now upon as the Grand Blue Mile kicked off a couple minutes ago as I type this today in downtown Des Moines.

The Relays will bring a lot of people to the greater Des Moines and ESPN has even decided to grace us with their presence this year, which is a good thing for the Relays but a bad thing for everyone else.

ESPN has decided to not allow any TV station -- local or not -- to film the finishes of any race. And they cannot air any highlights from the day's events until ESPN shows its tape-delayed version of the day a few hours after the 6 p.m. news.

I respect what the Relays are about and I like being able to cover area athletes, but there should have been something said to ESPN about how Drake needs the local TV stations covering their events. This will shy away local media members from literally camping out at the Drake Relays and capturing hundreds of highlights. Instead, the local stations will come to cover the high school events and stick around for only the events they deem necessary for their time.

There is no use staying around and getting everything when you can't really use any of it in a timely manner anyway.

I will make my presence known on Sunday when I take part in the Drake 10K Road Race. There are three road races Sunday, including a 6K run/walk and a half-marathon. I was originally slated to partake in my first official half-marathon (done the Dam to Dam twice) but my training has been slowed by the crazy busy life of a new parent.

The goal is still to run in the Des Moines Marathon in October. Check back to see if that happens or not.

Iowa football

Two members of the Iowa football team have decided to leave the team. Both are DBs. Kevin Buford played some last year while Torrey Campbell probably would have had some kind of a role this year.

Buford has decided to pursue football at another university, while Campbell will put all of his eggs into the University of Iowa track and field team, where he shines as a sprinter.

Every loss is a big loss but Iowa can replace these guys. Buford and Campbell both possess better-than-average speed but neither played enough to know what truly will be missed.

Sad news for Jasper County

Having just become a father myself, it saddens me to report that the 4-year-old girl attacked by a dog in Jasper County (Prairie City-Monroe area) died this morning at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Not only am I a knew father but I also worked at the paper in Jasper County before making my way to Marshalltown. These kind of things are no fun to talk about and no fun to have to deal with. And I saw today that the babysitter of the girl who was killed was being charged.

I don't want to minimize what the babysitter did if that person was at fault, but not knowing what your dog is doing in a small town is inexcusable, too. The dog obviously should be put down and the owners of the dog should be punished as well.

There was another child who was fighting for his life yesterday in Jasper County. A boy was hit by a car and taken to Mercy Medical Center. Last I knew, that boy was still alive but I have not seen the latest update.

Sad day for the community of Prairie City-Monroe and Newton.

Give those you love and care for an extra hug and kiss today. Cherish the moments that you have with them. If this taught me anything, it is not to take what you have for granted. Because you never know how things will end up.


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