Last year, when Desiree Davila and Caroline Kilel slung themselves around the corner onto Hereford Street toward the homestretch of the 115th Boston Marathon, Cherop got caught flat-footed because she didn’t realize how close they all were to the finish. Although the trio combined to produce the closest 1-2-3 women’s finish in Boston Marathon history—six seconds—they were a long six seconds for Cherop.
A small field of elite milers - just five - lined up in near perfect conditions to contest the fourth annual B.A.A. Men’s Elite Mile. Defending champion, Andy Baddeley from Great Britain, was not among them; but, even so - with such weather and such a tightly knit field - sparks were certain to fly.
Morgan Uceny, ranked #1 in the world, on Sunday became the first two-time winner of the women’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile, leaving behind her three rivals on the final lap for victory in 4:43.8.
A 60 degree morning with light winds meant that the scene was set for some fast running at the fourth annual B.A.A. 5K, held the day before the 116th annual Boston Marathon. With the celebrated Marathon finish line as the backdrop - and serving also as the finish line for this race - there was anticipation aplenty that this year’s men’s race would be as thrilling as it had been 12 months previously.
Werknesh Kidane of Ethiopia, whose eight medals in the World Cross Country Championships are the most of any woman in history, took the lead early and held it in a fast women’s B.A.A. 5K on Sunday morning, winning the fourth-annual event in a blistering 15:12. Her time demolished the course record of 15:51 set by Kenya’s Lineth Chepkurui just last year.
We are looking closely at the current weather situation which is projected to be quite warm. The B.A.A. is closely monitoring this situation for for race day decisions. If the temperatures reach certain levels, running will put even the most fit athletes at risk for heat injury.
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), in anticipation of the 116th running of the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2012, today announced several notes and facts surrounding this year’s race.
BOSTON - Since 2002, the B.A.A. and the City of Boston have presented the Patriots’ Award at the official opening ceremony kicking off Boston Marathon weekend: “Cheers to the Boston Marathon.” On Thursday evening at The Hampshire House, recently retired Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield will receive the 2012 honor.
The 116th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, 2012 will bring $137.5 million in spending impact to the Greater Boston region, according to Greater Boston Convention & Visitor Bureau (GBCVB) President and CEO, Patrick Moscaritolo.
1935 John A. Kelley