DAM TO DAM: Partnership Formed Through Racing

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The Dam to Dam is a tough road race starting at the Saylorville Dam and finishing in the heart of downtown Des Moines.

It’s a race of endurance, a 12.4 mile long race.

However for friends Rich Newkirt and Dave Mathis it's more than just a race.

“We started doing triathlon’s, half marathons and 10K's, 5Ks, we've done the Dam to Dam 5 or 6 years in a row, just really enjoy it,” says Rich Newkirt of Ankeny.

The two have been pairing up in races for six years, giving Dave who has Noonan Syndrome a chance to experience life in a way he couldn't in the past.

"I really like it because otherwise I wouldn't get an opportunity to be a part of it, so by him pushing me in the wheelchair race it motivates me so i can be out there and part of life,” says Dave Mathis of Altoona.

Dave has outlived three life expectancies, and undergone more than 30 surgeries, but never complains, saying it's these races that continue to give him confidence.

"They always cheer us on, tell us we're an inspiration to them always come up give us high fives,” says Mathis.

The pair was just two of the 8,000 runners who took on the giant 20K road race, that now ends at the downtown library.

But regardless of when the runners crossed the line the beautiful weather and an energetic crowd proved to be the perfect combination to take on the great Dam to Dam.

“It's neat that the crowd is energetic cheering us on, so that motivates us,” says Mathis.

Visit http://www.damtodam.com for results of the race.