Her first professional victory was in the 1998 edition of the race.
Jen Rhines is enjoying an amazing comeback. On Sunday, the 36-year-old American ran 43:91 to win her third Gate River Run title. The 15K race has special significance for Rhines; it was her first professional victory in 1998. She also won it in 2005.
“It was good for me to come in as the favorite and execute,” she said. “I won Houston at the start of the year, and my training has only continued to get better.” Rhines was awarded $12,000 for her victory.
In the men’s race Mo Trafeh easily defended his title, running 42:58. Besides the $12,000 prize, he also took home an additional $5000 for catching the women runners who had been given a 6:00 head start. The money will come in handy for Trafeh who just got married and bought a house in Casablanca, Morocco.
Trafeh was a relative unknown last year, but knew all eyes were on him in this year’s race. “This race, I felt it. All these guys are looking for me,” he said. “They’re probably just waiting to see what I’m going to do.”
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