I finally found the results from the Bolder Boulder 10k this morning, and I was pretty surprised by what I saw. The winner, Morocco's Ridouane Harroufi, ran 28:32 for the 10k course, a very good time given that the race is run at altitude. And where did the America's top entrants Ryan Hall, Jorge Torres, and Edward Torres finish? Almost 90 seconds back. Jorge was 12th in 29:59, Ryan 14th in 30:07, and Edward was 19th.
That's a huge gap. Especially for guys who train at altitude year-round. I haven't read any interviews about the race, so I don't know any details, but for America's best to be outrun by 15 seconds per mile just puts into perspective for me how strong some of these runners are. I expected a little better out of all three, so it will be interesting to hear their opinions of their own races.
I don't think these results are indicative of how it will be at the Olympics, though. Ryan Hall has proven time and again that the longer the race is, the better for him. But when one of our top five 10k runners in the country gets smoked by 90 seconds over that distance (and I'm talking about Jorge, not Ryan), well, it's time for Team USA to start working even harder.
On the women's side, Deena Kastor was denied her fourth title but ran well, finishing 7th in 33:44, almost a minute behind champion Millicent Gathoni of Kenya.