On March 4, 2023, the TEN in San Juan Capistrano, California witnessed two national records broken in the 10,000 meters race. Eilish McColgan from Great Britain ran the distance in an impressive 30:00.86, breaking Paula Radcliffe’s record of 30:01.09, set back in 2002.
On the other hand, Alicia Monson from the United States finished just behind McColgan, clocking 30:03.82, taking almost 10 seconds off the previous American record of 30:13.17 set by Molly Huddle in August 2016. Interestingly, it was Monson’s second American record in just three weeks. She had broken the indoor 3,000 meters record earlier on February 11 by running 8:25.05 at the Millrose Games in New York.
The race was led by two pacers, Eleanor Fulton and Josette Andrews, who is also Monson’s teammate with the On Athletics Club in Boulder, Colorado. They had been tasked with running 72-second laps, which would bring the runners to a 30:00 finish for the 10,000 meters distance.
From the beginning of the race, it was clear that only Monson and McColgan were sticking with the pacers. Fulton led the runners for the first eight laps before Andrews took over and led them through the 5,000 meters mark, which they passed in 15:08.
Both McColgan and Monson continued to keep up with the pacers, with Monson ultimately breaking the American record and McColgan breaking the overall record.
In conclusion, the TEN in San Juan Capistrano, California was the stage for an incredible performance by two talented runners, Eilish McColgan and Alicia Monson, who broke national records in the 10,000 meters race. It was a remarkable feat, considering the high standards set by previous record holders.