World Cross Country Championships Mombasa, Kenya


March 24, 2007
We've done things a bit differently since this event was truly incredible and we're trying to get photos up on a dial up connection without normal software. The #1 story of the day was the crowd and the atmosphere. Truly unbelievable. Never seen anything like it and never will again. And words don't do the crowd justice. We've got photos of the crowd first. The #2 story of the day was Kenenise Bekele dropping out and closely related to this was the heat. We've got the photos of him dropping out and the heat 2nd. Then some more shots of people at the event to try and capture the feel for this remarkable event. Finally, we've got the race photos without captions. The women's race starts on photo index page 4. Men's race on photo page index 6. Junior races on page 8 (most of the junior photos are pretty bad as Wejo didn't realize his camera got splashed with water on the very first lap).

Hope you enjoy them.
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Huge Police Caravan to the Course, The Streets in Town Were Lined With People Waving at the Caravan of Buses
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Security Was Tight
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Hicham El Guerrouj
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Lornah Kiplagat May be From Kenya But The Crowd Did Not Treat Her as One of thier Own
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The Mzungu John Manners and Kiptanui
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Moses Kiptanui First Sub 8 Steepler
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These Guys Would Earn Their Keep Before the Day Was Over, Probably 20 People Were Carted off from the Junior Girls Race the Hottest of the Day
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People Were Packing the Course Hours Before the Start and It Was Killer Hot (Just Wait This Photo is a Joke Compared to What You'll See)
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The Crowd Braving the Heat
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Pre Race Pageantry
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VIP Stands
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The Finishing Straight
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Just Wait Until You See How Many People there were
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Some of the People Who Paid to Get In
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Tusker Beer Shirts (Yellow)
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Kenyan Special Forces Guarded the Coast
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People Lined this Rooftop a Block Away, Soon You'll See the Masses
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A Jillion People
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It Was 30 Wide Like This in a Street With Barb Wire on Both Sides for Over a Quarter Mile. 90% of the people could see Someone's head at Best (and No Jumbotron)
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Cops Did a Good Job of Crowd Control Even Though the Barb Wire Fence Came Down and People Ended up Just Sitting onit
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Another Shot 1/4 Mile at Least like This Deep
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The Roars Were Deafening if a Kenyan Was in the Lead (Sorry for Some of Our Photos Being Pretty Bad, Wejo Had Water on His Lens after through the Junior Races and didn't realize it)
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Thankfully the Tree Held Up Better than the Barbed Wire Fence, People Were Packed Like This for at Least 3 Hours
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More Fans
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Smile and Laughter Were Par for the Day Despite the Heat
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More Smiles
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Not Sure How This Bus Got in the Middle But once it Stopped People Piled On Top
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A Jillion More People
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And it Seems Like There are More Here Than Before
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Crown Control
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One Journalist Has Been to I think 30+ of these and Said He's Never Seen Anything Like It
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