Residence: Duarte, CA
Hometown: Benslimane, Morocco
Age on race day: 26

Best Qualifying Performance: 1:00:39, NYC Half, 2010
PRs: Half-Marathon, 1:00:39 (2010); Marathon, Debut
Olympic Trials Marathon History: Debut

Career Highlights:

2011 USA Half Marathon Champion (Aramco Houston), 1:02:17
2-time USA 15K Champion (2010-11)
2011 USA 10 Mile Champion
3rd – 2010 NYC Half (1:00:39 PB)

Additional Highlights:


1st – Great Cow Harbor 10K (28:18, course record)
2nd – CRBC Zhuhai International Half Marathon, China (1:01:39)


1st – Great Cow Harbor 10K
2nd – USA 20K Championships


12th – USA 15K Championships
2nd – USA 20K Championships
1st – Great Cow Harbor 10K

Of Note:

Mother arrived from Morocco in 1997; Trafeh followed two years later and became a U.S. citizen in 2008 … While he was still learning English, high school coach gave him his first book in the language: on Steve Prefontaine … A California high school star, his 29:54 for 10,000 meters in 2004 was the fastest scholastic time in 28 years … Competed for Arizona State for two years but says he left because he preferred to be in control of his training … Says he had the chance to return to Morocco and train with the coach of Hicham el Guerrouj, but opted to remain in the U.S. and coach himself … Four-time USA champion … Started 2011 Virgin London Marathon but dropped out … Married to Hayat.