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Four ‘Kenyans’ to headline the USATF 10-Mile Championships

Kenyan-born American long distance runner, Augustus Maiyo has been lined up among the top athletes to headline the star studded field at the 48th edition of the USATF 10-Mile Championships that will be held on 12 the September in Washington, D.C.

The 38 years-old will be running at the Boston Marathon on October 11 and will face a strong field opponent that includes Ethiopian-born American Biya Simbassa, who has fastest 10 mile personal best of 46:57, over Maiyo’s 47:05.

Three other Kenyan born athletes but now trading for USA have been included in this field, Elkanah Kibet of 47:15, Shadrack Biwott of 47:53 and Emmanuel Bor of 47:39

The four will have a fierce battle with the Four-time national champion Chris Derrick who comes to this race with the fastest personal best of 46:53. The race also includes the reigning national ten mile champion Futsum Zienasellassie who has a personal best of 46.55 which is two seconds slower that Derrick.

Other title contenders include Kiya Dandena (46:58), Girma Mecheso (47:22), and Noah Droddy (47:28).

Biwott, Droddy and Kibet are all running the TCS New York City Marathon, and Mecheso is running Boston.

This will be the third time that the Cherry Blossom will host a national championship event, and a $26,000 national championships prize money purse –plus a $10,000 national record bonus pool– will be on offer.

“It has been nearly two years since the last time the U.S. Ten Mile Championships for men was held,” observed longtime event director Phil Stewart through a media release. “I know a host of talented Americans are eager to take an important middle-distance test as most of them prepare for fall marathons, of which there are plenty, with all six Abbott World Marathon Majors events taking place over a six-week period between September 26 and November 7.”

The race will also be hosting an international elite field with separate prize money, USA athletes can “double dip” if they finish high in the overall placing, too. The overall race champions will earn $5000 (equal for men and women), and the USA champions will get the same amount. Both the international and USA Championships prize money go 10-deep, bringing the total race purse to $46,000.