Josh Moen ran a gutsy race to finish 4 seconds behind in second.
Courtesy of Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
(St. Paul, Minn.) – Three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman today won the 2009 USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile with a time of 46:35, defending his 2007 USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship title that he picked up at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile that year. Rachel Booth won the female division with a time of 57:33.
Abdirahman, 32, of Tucson, Ariz., beat his previous Medtronic TC 10 Mile course record of 47:34 from his race in 2007 (set on a temporary course). Abdirahman shared, “The goal was just to run fast. Joshua Moen and I ran together, and with about a mile left, I decided to just go. I wanted to come out with the win – a win is everything. I’m also so happy for Josh. Team USA Minnesota is doing a great job as a training group.”
Joshua Moen, 27, of St. Louis Park, Minn., came in a close second with a time of 46:38. Abdirahman and Moen raced in the middle of heavy training cycles; both runners are preparing for the ING New York City Marathon next month. The course record was in reach for both Abdirahman and Moen even without the benefit of tapering; they battled for the lead, picking up the pace to test each other on the challenging course. Patrick Smyth, 23, of Minneapolis, placed third with a time of 47:09. Moen commented about the race, “I felt pretty good, pretty fit. You just go in the lead, mix it up and see how the cookie crumbles.” Both Moen and Smyth are members of Team USA Minnesota.
“We are thrilled to have hosted the USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship again this year, and to welcome a new course record,” said Virginia Brophy Achman, executive director of Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. “The Medtronic TC 10 Mile attracted a talented field, drawing from across the country. In its 11th year, the Medtronic TC 10 Mile has grown into an incredibly competitive and high-profile race. We look forward to seeing how the race continues in its growth next year.”
Rachel Booth, 28, of Mountain View, Calif., placed first among women with a time of 57:33 in her first Medtronic TC 10 mile. On taking the lead, Booth said, “We went out as planned, and when the race progressed to mile 5 I put a move in, and it worked.” Booth continued, “I follow a flexible racing schedule, making educated decisions week-by-week – this [race] was a good fit for me. The weather was ideal today and I look forward to returning to the TC 10 Mile.”
Claudia Becque, 33, of Chicago, placed second among women with a time of 58:08. Jenna Boren, 32, of St. Paul, Minn., placed third with a time of 58:21.
The USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship was a USA Track & Field national championship event that started with the open Medtronic TC 10 Mile field at 7:05 a.m., Sunday, October 4. Also known as “The Shortcut to the Capitol,” the race began near the HHH Metrodome, and followed the last seven miles of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon route before finishing in front of the State Capitol.