Saturday, June 14, 2008

Steamboat: Moroccan Wins, Kenyan Misses Boat

A pair of 26-year-olds, Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi, and New Zealander Kim Smith, won the Steamboat Classic 4-miler in Peoria on Saturday. Harroufi won by a second in 18:18, and got a big break when one of his Kenyan opponents didn't know which way to turn for the finish! Smith routed the women's field in 20:00. Placing ninth with a 19:09 on the men's side was 36-year-old Moroccan-turned-American Khalid Khannouchi, staying sharp in case he is called on to run the marathon for the U.S. at Beijing. He is the alternate after placing fourth at the trials last fall. See this Peoria Journal Star online report for Steamboat details:

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