FLINT – Fasil Bizuneh (Flagstaff, Ariz.) pulled away from 2010 USA Half Marathon champion Antonio Vega (Minneapolis, Minn.), just after seven miles to win the USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship Saturday in Flint, Mich. The championship was hosted by the Crim Festival of Races. Bizuneh ran 47 minutes, 29 seconds to finish fourth overall in the open field.
With near perfect conditions greeting a record field of over 10,000 runners at the 34th
annual event, the field opened with a fairly relaxed first mile of 4:42
with Robert Letting, Julius Kogo and Kiprotich Kirui of Kenya leading
the charge. Vega led the U.S. contingent of Bizuneh and Justin Young (Superior, Colo.) in the lead pack.
Shortly after two miles, Letting dropped a 4:32 mile to lead a break with Kogo and Kirui. Vega and Bizuneh led the chase pack about six seconds back.
a pace between 4:32 and 4:35 from three to five miles, Letting and Kogo
pulled away from Kirui while Vega looked to be in charge of the chase
pack about 30 seconds back.
After seven miles, Kogo tested Letting with a short surge while Bizuneh made his move for the U.S. title. Over the final three miles, Kogo was clearly in charge of the overall race and Bizuneh increased his lead over Vega.
the final mile, Kogo pulled away for the overall win in 47:06 with
Letting and Kirui taking second and third in 47:15 and 47:24
Crossing the line in fourth, Bizuneh celebrated his first USA title, finishing 14 seconds ahead of Vega. Young easily took third in 47:49 while Fernando Cabada (Alamosa, Colo.) and Sergio Reyes (Los Osos, Calif.) rounded out the top-five in 48:30 and 48:32 respectively.
Highlights of the USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship are available in cooperation with RunnerSpace.com at www.USARunningCircuit.com.
About the USARC
USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship was the seventh stop for the men on the
2010 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and featured $17,200 in prize money
with Bizuneh taking home $7,000 for the win.
2010 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 circuit features ten events each for men and
women. Vega leads the men’s standings with 44 points.
2010 USARC will once again see a record amount of circuit prize money
for a non-Olympic year with total prize purse of $623,850 offered by
host events. U.S. athletes will also have the opportunity to qualify for
various Team USA events, including the IAAF World Half Marathon
Championships and the Chiba International Ekiden.
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.
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 2010 USA Men’s 10 Mile Championship visit www.USARunningCircuit.com.
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.