The Kenyan native's running roots took hold during a car ride from a stranger when she was 19.
Christo Landry won the men's USA title in 46:41.
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Emily Infeld finished as top American in 31:46, 14 seconds back.
He defeated rival Abdi Abdirahman in Atlanta.
Arizona native betters Sally Meyerhoff's mark by more than a minute.
The race also serves as the U.S. 10-mile championship.
The U.S. Olympian is hoping to build on the momentum of last year.
Chris Solinsky will make his championship road racing debut.
The Ethiopian closed with a blistering final lap, winning by over 5 seconds to cap off the first day of competition.