He came to the race hungry to take down Ryan Hall’s five-year-old mark.
Winning the race by nearly a minute, American Mo Trafeh knocked five seconds off the previous course record at the 34th edition of the Great Cow Harbor 10K in Northport, New York over the weekend. His winning time was 28:17. Ryan Hall had been the previous course-record holder.
Meanwhile, in the women’s race, Janet Cherobon-Bawcom held off 2004 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist Deena Kastor to win in 32:26. She, too, set a new course record. With a tenth of a mile left to go, Cherobon-Bawcom heard race director Will Fodor yelling at her. “He said, ‘You’ve gotta go! You can get the course record!’ she recalled.
The previous course record had been held by Jane Omoro of Kenya since 1984.
Both winners received $3000 checks for their win, but also collected $5000 bonus checks for their course records. Trafeh knew about the bonus, but was really out to take down Hall’s record. “That’s history,” he said of the record.
Cherobon-Bawcom is a Kenyan who became an American citizen in 2010. She won the U.S. 20K championships in New Haven, Connecticut two weeks ago.
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