Chris Solinsky Stuns with a 26:59 10k Debut

On May 1st, Chris Solinsky made his 10k debut. On May 1st, Chris Solinsky also stunned the world by crushing the American 10k record (previously held by Meb Keflezighi), and becoming the first American to go under 27 minutes. That this was a race in which Galen Rupp was expected to go for the record and that Solinsky is mainly a 5k runner just add to Solinsky’s incredible achievement.

Some would say it was a miracle. But I believe that takes away from the accomplishment. So instead, I’ll just call it what it is: incredible.

When I watched the last lap of this race (the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, hosted by Stanford University), and listened to announcers mesmerized by Solinsky’s incredible performance, I felt some serious emotions. I got chills as he crossed the finish line 4/10 of a second under 27 minutes. And keep in mind that this wasn’t even live; I was watching it a couple of weeks after it happened. But watching somebody accomplish something so great is emotional for everyone involved, spectators included. You can watch the last few laps here:

Amazing. Just amazing.

Congrats to Chris Solinsky- keep on surprising us, Chris.