ATLANTA - Three-time Olympian Abdi Abdirahman (Tucson, Ariz.), won his third straight USA Men's 10 km Championship Saturday at the 40th running of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia. Abdirahman ran 28:11, placing him sixth overall in the international field which saw Kenya's Sammy Kitwara win decisively in 27:21.
Abdirahman pulled away from fellow Olympian Anthony Famiglietti in the final mile for the U.S. title. Famiglietti finished eighth overall in 28:15. James Carney (Boulder, Colo.) finished ninth overall to take the third U.S. position in 28:19. Ian Burrell (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and Patrick Smyth (Salt Lake City, Utah), rounded out the top-five U.S. finishers in 28:42 and 28:49 respectively.
About the USARC
The USA 10 km Championship was the fifth stop for men on the 2009 USA Running Circuit (USARC) and paid $30,000 in U.S. prize money with Abdirahman collecting $10,000 for the U.S. title. 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. Famiglietti currently leads the men's circuit with 27 points and Magdalena Boulet leads the women with 27 points.
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 www.usatf.org.