HOUSTON – In the first race of the 2011 USA Running Circuit (USARC), Mohamed Trafeh (Duarte, Calif.) and Jen Rhines (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) outran some of America’s top distance runners to take the respective men’s and women’s titles Saturday at the USA Half Marathon Championships, presented by Aramco Services Company.
Trafeh outran American Record holder Ryan Hall (Big Bear Lake, Calif.) to win the second USA road title of his career in 1:02:17. Rhines ran 1:11:14 to win her first road championship since 2005.
The championship was run on a new course to give Trafeh, Rhines and their fellow competitors a glimpse of the course make-up for when Houston plays host to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon next January.
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