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2009 Boston Mayor's Cup XC Women's 5k
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on October 26, 2009
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Highlights from the Women\'s 5k at the 2009 Mayors Cup in Franklin Park, Boston, presented by the Boston Athletic Association and by adidas, on October 25, 2009.

Although she was an All American and eight-time school record holder at American University, Samia Akbar brought her performance to a new level in 2006, and now stands as one of the U.S.’s brightest distance prospects. Akbar’s coach is Scott Raczko who she first met while at Oakton High School in Virginia. She established personal bests in six different events in 2006, including knocking four minutes off her previous half marathon best, lowering it to 1:13:12 at the Jefferson Hospital Philadelphia Distance Run. She then lowered her 10,000m best by nearly 90 seconds to 32:41.84 with a surprise third-place at the U.S. nationals. Her marathon debut of 2:34:14 at the 2006 ING New York City Marathon made her the eighth fastest American woman for the year.
Akbar lives in Herndon, VA, and works as a part-time teacher. She was named a Road Runners Club of America Roads Scholar in 2006.

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  • 10,000m: 32:41.84 Half Marathon: 1:13:12 Marathon: 2:34:14

  • - Member of the 2010 World Half Marathon US Team - 4th Place at the Third River Bank Run 25km National Championship - 7th Place at the Cherry Blossom 10 mile - Member of US World Cross Country Team 2009 - 9th at the ING Philadelphia Half Marathon - 1st at the Army 10 mile in Washington DC - Member of the US World Championships Team - Marathon - Osaka 2007 - 2:34.14 Marathon Debut at the ING New York City Marathon 2006 - 3rd Place in the 10,000m at the USATF Outdoor Championships in 2006

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