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City manager runs for his life

laytonMoses Tum may have won the Bank of America River Run 10K in 32:02, but it was Wichita City Manager Bob Layton’s time that was the talk of certain circles Saturday.

The 53-year-old ran the race in 38:39 and finished 29th overall.

He may have even solved a city issue or two while running. That’s often how it happens for the daily runner, though that’s not what regularly gets him out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to run.

“It’ll hit you,” Layton says of how ideas will come to him. “It’s kind of surprising how that happens. That and shaving. For some reason (men) come up with some of our best ideas then.”

Runner Jim Ryun inspired Layton to take up track and cross country in high school. The mile, which he ran in 4:35, was his race.

“I couldn’t run quite like Jim,” Layton says.