NCAA Champion Sam Chelanga to Begin Professional Career in Boston

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Today Is: October 26th 2014
21 JUN 2011
Decorated Collegian Makes Debut at Inaugural B.A.A. 10K

Boston, Mass. – The Boston Athletic Association announced today that 14-time All-American and NCAA Record Holder over 10,000m, Sam Chelanga, will be running the inaugural B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, April 26.  The race will be Chelanga’s first as a professional athlete.

Chelanga burst onto the scene at Liberty University, where he won four National Championships, including back-to-back NCAA Cross Country titles as a junior and senior.  Chelanga not only left his mark on the collegiate scene, but also the world scene in 2010.  His personal best of 27:08.39 on the track ranked as the fourth fastest time in the world last year. 

Chelanga has a unique tie to Boston: his brother Joshua finished third in the 2001 Boston Marathon.  That finish inspired the younger Chelanga to begin running, a passion which eventually led Sam to school in the United States, and now has given him the opportunity to face some of the best athletes the world has to offer.  On Sunday, he will go up against 2011 Boston Marathon Champion and the world’s fastest marathoner Geoffrey Mutai, as well as runner-up Moses Mosop and third place finisher Gebre Gebremariam.

"To begin my professional career on the streets of Boston really and truly is a dream come true. To top it off, I get to race the best guys in the world: Geoffrey Mutai, Moses Mosop, and the rest of the great field. This is a very exciting opportunity for me,” said Chelanga.

The inaugural B.A.A. 10K includes a prize purse of $30,000 with $5,000 awarded to the winners and equally distributed among the top male and female finishers. An updated field list can be found below. Sam Chelanga will wear number 12. Please note that Matthew Levassiur is now number 14, and Stephanie Reilly will not compete in the women’s race.

The 6.2 mile course is a scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay.  For a course map, click here. (http://www.baa.org/races/10k/event-information/10k-course-map)

Race registration remains open at www.baa.org.

B.A.A. Moment 6

1972 - Women Official Entrants in Marathon

Although Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1966, it was not until the 1972 Boston Marathon that women could become official entrants due to a change in AAU rules. Pictured (left to right) above are seven of the eight women who participanted in the first official women's field of the Boston Marathon - Nina Kusciak, Katherine Switzer, Elaine Pederson, Ginny Collins, Pat Barrett, Frances Morrison, Sara Mae Berman (not pictured - Valerie Rogosheske).