Ready to compete in Sunday’s Inaugural B.A.A. 10K
Four of the world's best marathoners, including the fastest male marathoner of all-time, returned to Boston today with big smiles and fond memories. In town for the inaugural B.A.A. 10K on Sunday at 8:00 a.m., Geoffrey Mutai, Caroline Kilel, Moses Mosop, and Gebre Gebremariam returned to the city that played host to April's Boston Marathon, the race in which all four earned podium positions.
Arriving at B.A.A. headquarters minutes before a press roundtable, the Kenyan trio of Mutai, Kilel and Mosop scoped out the historic pieces of memorabilia lining the halls – including some of their own relics from April’s history-making race. Despite the trophies, awards, and old sneakers, there was one piece in particular, just over two months old, which caught their immediate attention. It was the television race replay, which was playing on a screen close by.
This was the first time the three had seen themselves running the streets between Hopkinton and Boston. Soon Gebremariam joined in, and it was as if the four were watching it unfold live.
Before they could get too caught up in the action, though, the conference began, with Mutai and Kilel speaking of what it is like coming back to Boston for the B.A.A. 10K.
"To Boston, I came here for the marathon. I like it here, and now I come back," said the smiling Kilel.
“It changed me a lot. Even if it wasn't recognized [as a world record], I was a happy man. I am happy now because even in Kenya everyone knows us well," added Mutai, whose time of 2:03:02 is a world best and course record.
But now it is time for a shorter distance, 10K, less than one-quarter of the marathon length.
Moses Mosop, the new World Record holder for 25K and 30K is also glad to be back. Training in Iten, Kenya under Renato Canova, Mosop feels he is ready to take the top spot on the podium.
"For me I am feeling very good after I ran the Boston Marathon. I went to Kenya to train for the World record for 25 and 30k," explained Mosop.
Canova added that Mosop has looked sharp since Boston.
"Boston changes the self confidence of many people. The most important thing as a marathoner isn't the history," he said. "There is no fear or fright of running faster, and it is possible to overtake the limit. What I can say is that the mind of Boston is different, the motivation is different now."
Also on the line will be Gebremariam, who will also run the IAAF World Championships Marathon in Daegu, Korea.
"For me, just when I came to America, my first time here [in Boston] I run my best, 2:04. It's unbelievable for me. It's my second marathon. When I come back for the B.A.A. 10K, I will try my best, and we will see when we try together to run fast," said Gebremariam. The tall Ethiopian has seen recent success in New England: having placed third at the Boston Marathon, winning the Beach to Beacon Road Race in Cape Elizabeth, ME, and also taking the top spot at the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod.
The inaugural B.A.A. 10K, which begins in Boston Common at 8:00 a.m. EST on Sunday, includes a prize purse of $30,000 with $5,000 awarded to the winners and equally distributed among the top male and female finishers.
The 6.2 mile course is a scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay. Notable neighborhoods and attractions include the legendary Bull and Finch Pub, after which the television show “Cheers” was developed, the campus of Boston University, and trendy Kenmore Square.
Race registration remains open at www.baa.org.