B.A.A. 5K Elite Field and Professional Mile Field Announced

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12 APR 2011
Some of the world's fastest middle distance runners heading to Boston for the Sunday of Marathon weekend.

Boston, MA – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that some of the fastest middle-distance runners in the world will be taking part in the third-annual B.A.A. 5K and Invitational Mile races on Sunday, April 17, 2011, one day prior to Monday’s Boston Marathon.

The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. near Copley Square Park in Boston and ends at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street. For the first time in the three years of the 5K, top  athletes will compete for a prize purse of $30,000.

After the B.A.A. 5K, a talented field of athletes will compete for $14,500 in the third-annual Invitational Mile with $3,000 going to the top male and female finisher. 

Schedule of Events - Sunday, April 17, 2011

8:00 a.m. – B.A.A. 5K at Copley Square Park.
9:30 a.m.* - Middle School 1K (Girls, Boys from the eight cities and towns of the Marathon course).
9:45 a.m.* - Scholastic Mile (Girls, Boys from the eight cities and towns of the Marathon course).
10:00 a.m.* - Professional Mile (Women, Men. Field list to date below).

The 5K men’s field is highlighted by 29-year-old Ben St. Lawrence of Australia (5000m track time of 13:10) in the 5K and 2009 champion Jarrod Shoemaker, an Olympic triathlete who is a native of Massachusetts. On the women’s side, 24-year-old Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui brings a full résumé of blazing-fast times in the 10K and half marathon distances. A partial field list is included with this release.

Great Britain’s top miler – Andrew Baddeley (PR of 3:49.38) returns to defend his 2010 win in the Invitational Mile, while Anna Willard (2009 champion) returns to lead the women’s section. A list of athletes to date is included.

“These athletes have helped quickly grow our Sunday events in three years,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “Our 5K has proven to be a boost of running energy that primes spectators and competitors alike for Marathon Monday. We can’t wait for the competition to begin.”

The Men’s and Women’s miles are the last of six races in the annual B.A.A. Invitational Mile. The four preceding events will be the Middle School 1K and the Scholastic Invitational Mile in which high school-aged athletes from the eight Boston Marathon cities and towns will participate. 

Men’s Elite Field (as of 4.12.11)
Name (Citizenship) Age 5K Personal Best 
BEN ST. LAWRENCE (AUS) 29 14:05
BOBBY CURTIS (USA) 26 13:48
BEN BRUCE (USA) 28 14:00
NICK ARCINIAGA (USA) 27 14:13
JARROD SHOEMAKER (USA) 28 14:12
JON PIERCE (USA) 27 14:04
BEN TRUE (USA) 25 14:04
JOHN KORIR (KEN) 35 13:51
Women’s Elite Field (as of 4.12.11)
Name (Citizenship) Age Personal Best
LINETH  CHEPKURUI (KEN) 24 15:50
STEPHANIE PEZZULLO (USA) 28 16:11
TERESA McWALTERS (USA) 26 16:12
TONI SALUCCI (USA) 25 15:45
Men’s Field (as of 4.12.11)
Name (Citizenship) Age Personal Best
ANDREW BADDELEY (GBR)  28 03:49.4
BRIAN GAGNON (USA) 27* 04:05.5
CRAIG MILLER  (USA) 23 03:58.6
KYLE MILLER  (USA) 25 04:00.5
LUKAS VERZBICAS (USA) 18 04:03.9
Women’s Field (as of 4.12.11)
Name (Citizenship) Age Personal Best
ANNA PIERCE (USA) 27 04:28.4
BRIE FELNAGLE  (USA) 24 04:32.2
CHARLOTTE BROWNING  (GBR) 23 04:31.2
MARINA MUNCAN (SRB) 28 04:33.2
ERIN BEDELL (USA) 29 04:43.7
TRENIERE MOSER (USA) 23 04:29.9

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