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BLUE MILE: Life Of A Professional Runner

As thousands of hobbyists took part in the Grand Blue Mile, dozens of professional athletes were hoping to take home the $5,000 top prize.

But what does it take? Channel 13’s John Sears finds out.

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BIRDSEYE VIEW: Thousands Run Grand Blue Mile

Arial footage caught the action as professional runners and enthusiasts alike ran the fifth annual Grand Blue Mile Tuesday evening.

Heather Kampf and Leo Manzano took the women’s and men’s US one-mile championships in a time of 4:32 and 4:05 respectively. They each take home $5,000 in prize money.

DOWNTOWN RUN: Grand Blue Mile Kicks Off

We’ve see the crowning of the most beautiful bulldog and high jumpers at Hy-Vee.

Tuesday evening, professional athletes and everyday Iowans are meeting to run the Grand Blue Mile downtown.

It’s the fifth ear for the run which is held in conjunction with the Drake Relays and it’s expected to draw a record number of participants.

CHILD DEATH: Few Answers In Accidental Shooting

Des Moines police say the shooting death of a child appears to be an accident.

“Anytime during an investigation, it can switch to be non-accidental. Right now, it does appear to be accidental,” says Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax.

They aren’t saying much more than that about what happened just after 7 p.m. Monday

“All we heard was a loud bang,” says Terry Petefish.

He lives right above the apartment where a 4-year-old girl was shot to death. His father ran downstairs to find a traumatic scene.

“It was not a good thing. He went into try and help the guy give the little girl CPR, but at that point, he said she was probably already gone,” says Petefish.

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BEAVERDALE PROJECT: Groundbreaking For $1.1m Streetscape

A project seven years in the making is finally getting started.

City leaders broke ground on a $1.1-million streetscape project along Beaverdale Avenue.

It will run from Beaver Crest Drive to Fagen Drive.

The upgrades will include new storm sewers, utility upgrades, new lighting and a re-design of the traffic flow at the Beaver and Urbandale intersection.

At one point a roundabout was considered for the intersection but after hearing criticism from residents, the city took it out of the plan.

“At this point as you can see everyone is really excited about this project. It really symbolizes the community coming together to make something happen,” Sasha Kamper says.

Construction crews will move in next week and will be there all summer.

BALDI TRIAL: Paul Gray’s Widow Testifies

The trial of Des Moines pain doctor Daniel Baldi continued Tuesday with testimony about one of his most famous patients.

Brenna Gray, the wife of multi-platinum musician Paul Gray took the stand Tuesday.

“All I observed was there was a needle in his foot,” Brenna said. She discovered her husband’s body at an Urbandale hotel in May of 2010.

The state medical examiner ruled the Slipknot bassist died of an accidental overdose caused by the drugs fentanyl and morphine.

Urbandale detective, Sgt. Daniel Stein investigated Gray’s death and told the jury about the hotel room he found him in. Stein testified authorities collected several pills bottles, drug paraphernalia such as a spoon, and a bag of needles.

The defense says although Gray was a patient of Dr. Baldi’s the only prescription he provided to Gray was one that helps someone get off an addiction.

HOUSE DAMAGED: Family Saved From Fire

Two adults and a young child were sleeping upstairs when they woke up and found their Des Moines home on fire early Tuesday.

Someone driving by around 1:15 a.m. called 911 to report a fire in the 1500 block of 33rd. When firefighters arrived they found the front of the house fully involved.

The three people had to crawl through hot smoke to get out the back door.

Medics treated and took all three to the hospital.

The fire also damaged a neighbor’s home.

“It was pretty chaotic, we were woken up about 1-1:30 in the morning by the police kinda banging on our doors and windows, kinda letting us know there was something going on. And I looked outside and immediately there was the bright orange and the heat, you could feel it as soon as you opened the door,” says neighbor Peter Morningsnow.

Investigators are looking into the cause of the fire.

Damage to the home may be more than $30,000.