USA Men's Championship field will compete for $25,000 prize purse October 4
MINNEAPOLIS - (September 17, 2009) - Three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman will return to defend his 2007 USA Men's 10 Mile title that he picked up at the Medtronic TC 10 Mile (there was no USA Men's 10 Mile Championship in 2008). Challenging Abdirahman will be 2009 USA 15K champion and fellow U.S. Olympian Anthony Famiglietti, 30, who is looking to take home $10,000 as national champion on Sunday, October 4.
Abdirahman, 32, owns the Medtronic TC 10 Mile course record from his 2007 race, (set on a temporary course) when he finished in a quick 47:34. "Abdi" and "Fam" face tough competition from recent USA 20K Championship runner-up Mohamed Trafeh and Team USA Minnesota favorites Jason Lehmkuhle and Patrick Smyth.
"We are pleased to host the USA Men's 10 Mile Championship again this year, especially with the talented field coming in from all over the country," said executive director of Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. Virginia Brophy Achman. "This will be a tough competition with a very deep men's field, many who've competed in this event before, some who will move on to compete for the USA Men's Marathon Championship in New York later this year."
2008 Medtronic TC 10 Mile champion Josh Glaab returns to defend his race title and to compete in the national championship as well. The overall national championship purse is $25,000.
Early USA Men's 10 Mile Championship Top Ten Seeding List (PRs related to 10 mile or closest distance)
ATHLETE / Age / Residence / PR
Anthony Famiglietti, 30, Knoxville, TN, 27:37, 10,000m (track)
Abdi Abdirahman, 32, Tucson, AZ, 27:16, 10,000m (track)
Mohamed Trafeh, 24, Flagstaff, AZ, 59:51, 20K
Jason Lehmkuhle, 32, Minneapolis, MN, 47:78, 10 mile
Patrick Smyth, 23, Minneapolis, MN, 28:25, 10K
Mike Sayenko, 25, Bellevue, WA, 29:07, 10,000m (track)
Morgan Thomas, 28, Bowling Rock, NC, 22:36, 8K
Ian Burrell, 24, Flagstaff, AZ, 28:42, 10K
Josh Moen, 27, St. Louis Park, MN, 28:26, 10K
Jordan Horn, 24, Flagstaff, AZ, 29:02, 10K
The USA Men's 10 Mile Championship is a USA Track & Field national championship event that starts with the open Medtronic TC 10 Mile field at 7:05am, Sunday, October 4. Also known as "The Shortcut to the Capitol" the race starts near the HHH Metrodome, and follows the last seven miles of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon route before finishing in front of the State Capitol.
About Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon Weekend
The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America® recognized as one of the top marathons and great road races and registration is currently underway, and the tradition continues October 2-4. The three-day weekend celebration of fitness includes the inaugural TC 10K, a 5K run / walk, children's fun runs, pasta dinner, health and fitness expo and Medtronic TC 10 Mile, in addition to the marathon. Medtronic is the title sponsor of marathon race weekend events. Visit mtcmarathon.org for more information.