Top Americans Preparing For 10-Mile Champs

Chris Solinsky will make his championship road racing debut.

Chris Solinsky will make his championship road-racing debut.

From: Running USA

MINNEAPOLIS — A remarkably deep men’s field and a women’s contingent powered by three Olympians will race for the USA Men’s & Women’s 10 Mile Championships at Sunday’s Medtronic TC 10 Mile.

Defending men’s champion Mo Trafeh of Duarte, Calif. returns to the streets of Minneapolis as does two-time Medtronic TC 10 Mile champion Abdi Abdirahman of Tucson, Ariz., who holds the event record of 46 minutes, 35 seconds set in 2009. Also expected to contend are former U.S. 10,000-meter record holder Chris Solinsky of Portland, Ore, who is competing in his first USA road racing championship, Ben True of Portland, Maine, last year’s runner-up and the recently crowned USA 5K champ, and local favorite Andrew Carlson of St. Paul, a member of Team USA Minnesota who finished sixth at the Olympic Marathon Trials in January.

Contenders for the women’s title include three members of the U.S.’s recent Olympic squad: Kara Goucher  of Portland, Ore, a Duluth native who holds the Medtronic TC 10 Mile women’s course record (53:16); Janet Bawcom of Rome, Ga., the defending Medtronic TC 10 Mile women’s champ, and Julie Culley, Annandale, N.J., last year’s runner-up. Also expected to contend are Molly Pritz, the runner-up at last month’s USA 20K Championship and Meghan Peyton of Team USA Minnesota, who finished sixth in the 2011 race.

In addition to a pair of $12,000 USA champions’ prizes, the race will feature a $10,000 Equalizer Bonus for the first USA champion — male or female — to cross the finish line at the State Capitol grounds. The women will leave the downtown Minneapolis start line ahead of the men. The size of the head start will be announced at the Athlete News Conference on Friday, October 5.

A field of 8,500 runners will compete in the Medtronic TC 10 Mile which gets underway at 7:03am Sunday. The race is held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon which starts at 8:00am.