MINNEAPOLIS – Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Ariz.) won his fourth USA 10 Mile title and Ilsa Paulson (New York, N.Y.) won her first ever U.S. title in winning the USA Women’s Marathon Championship Sunday as the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon hosted the championships for the USA Women’s Marathon, Masters Marathon and Men’s 10 Miles. Abdirahman ran 46:35 for his second championship of the year as Paulson ran 2:31:49 to become the second youngest women to ever win the women’s marathon crown.
The men’s 10 mile championship started the day of racing with Max King (Bend, Ore.) leading Abdirahman, Anthony Famiglietti (Knoxville, Tenn.), a trio of Minneapolis-based Team USA Minnesota teammates Jason Lehmkuhle, Josh Moen and Patrick Smyth through the first mile in 4:31.
At two miles, Moen took charge of the pace with Abdirahman, Famiglietti, Lehmkuhle, Smyth and King close behind. An uphill third mile covered in 4:38 saw Moen and Abdirahman open a 10 meter gap on the rest of the field and by four miles the gap had grown to 40 meters.
As they passed five miles in 22:56, Abdirahman had a five meter lead on Moen, while Smyth and Lehmkuhle were about 75 meters back. Though the pace slowed to 4:52 for the sixth mile, Abdirahman’s lead grew slightly but the 4:53 seventh mile saw Moen catch and pass Abdirahman, taking a small lead.
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