Less than 24 hours after losing his Canadian 10,000m record to Mohammed Ahmed, Cam Levins continued his comeback bid with a solid run in Maine.
The 28-year-old who recently left the Nike Oregon Project to reconnect with his college coach ran 29:24 at the Beach to Beacon 10K in Cape Elizabeth. He finished ninth beating a big name in athletics, Tariku Bekele, the younger brother of Kenenisa Bekele. The younger Bekele won the Olympic 10,000m bronze medal in 2012.
The former Nike-sponsored athlete who now runs unattached last raced at the B.A.A. 10K in June where he clocked 30:04. Saturday morning’s time was a more-than 30-second improvement on that mark as the runner known for his high mileage returns to his old ways after a lengthy stint under Alberto Salazar.
Beach to Beacon 10km, Cape Elizabeth, ME; Aug 5. © Mike Scott 2017.
As he has done in other recent races, Levins continues to rock the Canadian singlet on course. Levins’ recent races have come after a lengthy stint away from running following ankle surgery last summer.
— Beach2Beacon10K (@Beach2Beacon10K) August 5, 2017
Stephen Kosgei-Kibet won the men’s 10K in 27:55 while Mary Keitany won the women’s race in 30:41. Local Maine native Joan Benoit Samuelson, the winner of the women’s marathon at the 1984 Olympics and also the race’s founder, set a new American age-group 10K record (W60+) running 39:19.
As many as 6,879 runners, from 18 countries, took part in the event