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Athletics: Abdirahman to defend USA Men's 10 km title

INDIANAPOLIS - Three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Ariz.), will face two-time Olympian Anthony Famiglietti (Knoxville, Tenn.), as he seeks his third straight USA Men's 10 km title Saturday at the 40th running of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia.

While the race also features a strong international field, Abdirahman, who finished second in winning the U.S. title here in 2007, will face top U.S. athletes including Famiglietti, the 2009 USA 15 km champion.

Also expected to challenge for the U.S. crown will be 2008 USA Half Marathon champion James Carney (Boulder, Colo.), who was fourth in the 10,000 meters at last week's USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships; and Ed Moran (Williamsburg, Va.), who finished fifth behind Carney in Eugene last week.

The field will also feature 2008 Olympic marathoner Brian Sell (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and 2009 World Championships Marathon team member Justin Young (Superior, Colo.).

About the USARC
The USA 10 km Championship is the fifth stop for men on the 2009 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and will pay $30,000 in U.S. prize money with $10,000 going to the champion. The 2009 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 2009 USARC has ten events each for men and women.

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 2009 USA 10 km Championships visit USATF.org.

About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.


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