A furious dash to the finish saw Shadrack Kipchirchir show class at the USATF 10 Mile Race that was held on Sunday in the Twin Cities in United States.
Kipchirchir held off a large number of Army runners on the USATF running which is in its ninth stage with circuit standings leader Leornard Korir also in the battle field fighting for the crown and points.
Just past the four mile mark, Hansons-Brooks Distance Project runner Ian La Mere took over the lead, as the rest of the field hung off his shoulder. La Mere, a Wisconsin native, strung out the large pack, pushed from behind by a quintet of U.S. Army runners.
La Mere, Haron Lagat and Abbabiya Simbassa ran side by side up front for the next mile, until Korir and Kipchirchir decided it was time to sprint to the finish. As the two runners sprinted away from the rest of the field, the remaining pack did their best to hang on.
Things changed drastically when they reached the final quarter mile Korir and Kipchirchir surfaced. The two teammates have raced stride for stride much of this season and Sunday’s finish once again proved to come down to the very last step. As the duo overtook the lead women, ultimately winning an equalizer bonus, it was Kipchirchir who leaned to victory, as both men secured a finish time of 47:33.
Emmanuel Bor, Lagat and Elkanah Kibet took third, fourth and fifth place in 47:39, 47:40 and 47:41 respectively. Simbassa took sixth overall in 47:45, narrowly defeating La Mere, who finished seventh in 47:48.
HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite standout Martin Hehir earned an eighth place finish in 47:50, while Jonathan Grey and Hehir’s teammate Futsum Zienasellassie placed ninth and tenth in 47:54 and 48:23 respectively.
For Kipchirchir, Sunday’s victory was made all the sweeter considering he’d finished second in four of his six USATF Running Circuit races and two third place finishes. Finally outkicking Korir on the roads, winning his first national title and ultimately winning the $10,000 equalizer bonus capped a perfect day for the U.S. Army runner.
With his runner-up effort, Korir adds another 18 points to his USATF Running Circuit standings lead. With a 111-80 lead over second place Sam Chelanga, Korir is all but guaranteed the circuit victory, as Chelanga is currently not scheduled to compete in the final two remaining races.
About the USATF Running Circuit
The USATF Running Circuit is a USATF road series featuring USATF championships from one mile through the marathon and consistently attracts the best American distance runners with more than $500,000 to be awarded in total prize money. A total of $91,000 in prize money will be awarded at the USATF 10 Mile Championships.
The first ten U.S. runners earn points at each USATF Running Circuit race. For the USATF 10 Mile Championships, scoring is set as 22.5 for first, 18 for second, 15 for third, 10.5, 9, 7.5, 6, 4.5, 3 and 2, with those earning the most points receiving prize money at the end of the series.
The mission of the USATF Running Circuit is to showcase, support and promote U.S. runners. Since its inception in 1995, the USATF Running Circuit and its races have provided over $7 million to U.S. distance runners.
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