Turn onto Kirkwood attracts crowd

The intersection of Brady Street and Kirkwood Boulevard has been a popular spot to watch the race for decades. It is where the runners veer right onto Kirkwood in the first mile and where they veer left back onto Brady heading toward the finish.

There are the regulars who come every year and those who just found the location.

A newcomer was Tim Beetler of Galesburg, Ill., who came with his family to watch his sister, Anastasia Beetler, run.

"We have come the past two years. It is the best vantage point and the best view of them coming along," he said.

"My daughter just finished high school, and she ran cross country and track," said dad, Gene Beetler. "She is going to Carl Sandburg College and run cross country there. I was told this spot was the best. We will see."

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Meanwhile, Janis Jackson of Bettendorf has been at that spot for many years for the same reasons.

"It is a good place to see everybody," she said. "I see the military and the people in wheelchairs. It is almost emotional."

— Doug Schorpp

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