Virginian outlasts Mo Trafeh to claim first national road racing title.
ATLANTA — A little over a week after his runner-up finish in the 10,000 meters at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Ed Moran of Williamsburg, Va., won his first ever U.S. road title, running 28:19 at the USA Men’s 10K Championship on Sunday. The championship was hosted by the 41st running of The AJC Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia.
As in past years, Peachtree featured a strong international field that included defending champion Sammy Kitwara of Kenya and Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia. During the early miles a chase pack consisting of Moran, Patrick Smyth (Minneapolis, Minn.), Ian Burrell (Flagstaff, Ariz.), Brent Vaughn (Blackhawk, Colo.) and James Carney (Boulder, Colo.), followed about three seconds behind the main pack that included Kitwara, Gebremariam and company as well as American Mo Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.).
Approaching three miles, Burrell burst from the chase pack to join the leaders, pulling Moran along with him. By five miles, Moran and Trafeh had separated themselves from the rest of the Americans but had fallen about 10 seconds behind the leaders.
Gebremariam pulled clear from a group of eight men on the final stretch to win the overall race in 27:56 while Moran opened a ten second gap on Trafeh to take the U.S. title, finishing tenth overall in 28:19. Vaughn overtook Burrell to finish third in 28:46 to 28:51. Carney rounded out the top-five in 28:57.
Highlights of the USA Men’s 10K Championship are available in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com atwww.USARunningCircuit.com.
About the USARC
The USA Men’s 10K Championship was the fifth stop for the men on the 2010 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and featured $30,000 in prize money with Moran taking home $10,000 for the win.
The 2010 USARC is a USA Track & Field road series, featuring USA Championships from one mile to the marathon and attracts the best U.S. distance runners. The circuit features ten events each for men and women. Trafeh now leads the men’s standings with 27 points.
The 2010 USARC will once again see a record amount of circuit prize money for a non-Olympic year with total prize purse of $623,850 offered by host events. U.S. athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for various Team USA events, including the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships and the Chiba International Ekiden.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USARC race (15 for first, 12 for second, 10 for third, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1), with a final $12,500 grand prix purse ($6,000, $4,000, and $2,500) for the top three men and women point scorers overall. The USARC points at the USA Marathon Championships will be doubled.
The mission of the USA Running Circuit is to showcase, support, and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USARC and its races have provided over $6 million dollars to U.S. distance runners.
For more information on the 2010 USA Men’s 10 km Championship visit www.USARunningCircuit.com.