Mohamed Trafeh Sets US 25km Record (1:14:18) at 2013 USA 25km Champs at Fifth Third River Bank Run

Trafeh Breaks Fernando Cabada’s Record by 3-Seconds; Matt Tegenkamp Finishes As Third American in 1:14:43

May 11, 2013

Today at the USA 25 km Championships hosted by the Fifth Third River Bank Run
in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 28-year old Mohamed Trafeh broke Fernando Cabada‘s 25km American record set at the same race in 2006 of 1:14:21 by running 1:14:18. That time gave him the 2013 US title and placed Trafeh second overall in the race which was won in 1:14:07 by 24-year old Kenyan Julius Keter, the 2013 LA Marathon runner-up.

“This is in the record books. So I’m really excited and happy to have my name next to some of the greatest American runners,” said Trafeh, who is best known for his 60:39 half marathon pb, after the race to Peter J. Wallner of

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After the race, both Keter and Trafeh praised each other for bringing out the best of each other.

“The guy who came in second help me greatly. The last mile we were pushing each other. It gave me a lot of strength going against him at the end,” said Keter according to

In the women’s race, Kenya’s Chemtai Rionotuke pulled away in the last mile from Hanson-Brooks team member Dot McMahan and 2013 world xc member Mattie Suver  to win in 1:25:45 as McMahan, a 2:31 marathoner, ran 1:25:52 and Suver ran 1:25:54.

The top US results for the race were as follows:

Official Results

1. Mohamed Trafeh 1:14:18 AR
2. Josphat Boit 1:14:34
3. Matt Tegenkamp 1:14:43
4. Christopher Landry 1:15:00
5. Craig Curley 1:16:14
6. Andrew Carlson 1:16:21
7. Joe Moore 1:16:48
8. Michael Reneau 1:17:04
9. Zachary Hine 1:17:28
10. Ben Sathre 1:17:42

1. Dot McMahan 1:25:52
2. Mattie Suver 1:25:54
3. Tera Moody 1:26:12
4. Melissa Johnson White 1:26:35
5. Brianne Nelson 1:27:03
6. Wendy Thomas 1:28:52
7. Stephanie Pezzullo 1:29:07
8. Katie McGregor 1:29:39
9. Theresa Taggart 1:29:41
10. Lauren Jimison 1:30:46

Top 25 race results for men and women can be found here: 2013 Fifth Third River Bank Run: Race Results.

USATF’s recap of the race is here: USATF recap of 25km: Trafeh Sets American Record at USA 25 km Championships.

Quick Take (QT) #1: The race this year offered extra prize money for an American record and it paid off. So congrats to Trafeh.

QT #2: While an American record, Americans certainly have run faster than this for 25k. For example, at the 2008 London marathon, when Ryan Hall ran 2:06:17, Hall’s split for 25km in the midst of a 42.2 km race was 1:13:47.

QT #3: Keter, the overall race winner, has had a busy 2013 so far. Check out some of the races he’s done so far this year. Two marathons and he’s been all over the planet:

Half Marathon
63:44A      SB (318)        1        Guadalajara    17 Feb
2:10:31      PB (130)        2    Asics    Los Angeles CA    17 Mar
2:11:43              1        Santiago de Chile    7 Apr

QT #4: Defending champ Robert Letting of Kenya didn’t defend his crown. His agent has no idea where he is and he remains missing.

More: MB: Mo Trafeh Breaks American Record at 2013 USA 25km – Matt Tegenkamp 3rd – 25
* One Fifth Third River Bank Run winner, but Julius Keter, Mohamed Trafeh both celebrate
* Fifth Third River Bank women’s winner Chemtai Rionotukei pulls away late
*US 25km Official Website Hosted By This should eventually include video interviews.
*Pre-Race: Fifth Third River Bank Run loses defending champs, so races suddenly ‘wide open’ Robert Letting of Kenya bows out Thursday as agent says elite runner remains missing.

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