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Sarah Palin is running in Iowa

 

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Is Sarah Palin running?

Why, yes, she is ... in a half-marathon. (She's the one in red above.)

As reported by Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren on her GretaWire blog, as well as by the Iowans4Palin blog, Palin -- as of this moment, still a non-candidate for the 2012 Republican presidential contest -- and husband Todd Palin headed to the LakeTrail in Storm Lake, Iowa.

There, Palin took part in the "Jump Right In and Run" race, which was sponsored by the Storm Lake Running Club and included a half-marathon, two-runner half-marathon relay and 5K run/walk.

Although Palin doesn't show up in the official results, Van Susteren reported that her time was 1:45 for the 13.1-mile race.

(UPDATE: According to a report in the Des Moines Register's 2012 Iowa Caucuses blog, Palin ran under her maiden name of Sarah Heath. She was the second-place finisher among women 40-49, with an official time of 1:46:10.)

On Saturday, Palin spoke at a Tea Party of America event in Indianola, Iowa -- as The Ticket reported Sarah-Palin-Storm-Lake-Iowa (link below, with video).

But the avid road warrior and daughter of a track coach was up bright and early Sunday morning (the races were scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m. local time) to shake the kinks out before getting back on the non-campaign trail.

Iowans4Palin reported:

This was not a campaign event, this was some personal time for Governor Palin to get in a good run in a beautiful setting, and they didn't want anyone to know they had slipped in. Very low profile. Amazing they can pull this off.

After running her race in Iowa, Palin took time to pose for a photograph with Iowans4Palin's "teledude" and his wife.

Palin also tweeted a thank you to the town.

Sarah Palin
Thank you, Storm Lake, Iowa. You put on a great event & we loved meeting some great folks in your beautiful town today!

Now Palin's off to speak at the Tea Party Express event Monday (Labor Day) in Manchester, N.H.

Coincidentally -- or not -- Iowa is the first presidential caucus state in the nation, and New Hampshire is the first presidential primary state.

Still no word from Palin on the other kind of running.

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-- Kate O'Hare

Media critic Kate O’Hare is a regular Ticket contributor. She also blogs about TV at Hot Cuppa TV and is a frequent contributor at entertainment news site Zap2it. Also follow O'Hare on Twitter @KateOH.

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Photos: Sarah Palin running a half-marathon in Storm Lake, Iowa; Palin posing with Iowans4Palin blogger "teledude." Credits: GretaWire.com; Iowans4Palin/Joni Wulfekuhler (Palin posing)

 
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