B.A.A. 10K on June 24 Draws Top Talent to Boston

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Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
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Boston MA 02116
06 JUN 2012
Second leg of B.A.A. Distance Medley Continues With 2nd Annual B.A.A. 10K, starting and finishing at Boston Common

The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) announced today that some of the world’s best runners will travel to Boston to compete in the second annual B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 24. The race will start and finish on Charles Street between the Public Garden and historic Boston Common. A partial list of the elite athletes entered in the race is listed below.

This year, the B.A.A. 10K marks the second leg of the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K on April 15, the B.A.A. 10K on June 24, and the B.A.A. Half Marathon on October 7 to crown a male and female series champion. Scoring for the B.A.A. Distance Medley is based on total elapsed time across all three races. For example, someone who runs 14:00 at the 5K, 29:00 at the 10K and 1:04:30 at the Half Marathon would end the series with a total time of 1:47:30. The male and female competitors with the fastest total time at the end of the series will each win $100,000. This aggregate scoring system is intended to maximize interest in the series among runners, the general public, and the media.

Among the B.A.A. Distance Medley entrants to compete at the B.A.A. 10K are 14-time NCAA All-American Sam Chelanga, recent Bolder Boulder 10K champion Allan Kiprono, and B.A.A. 5K third place finisher Lani Rutto. Ethiopia’s Ali Abdosh, as well as Massachusetts native Nate Jenkins, will join them on the starting line.

The B.A.A. Distance Medley continues with the B.A.A. 10K after a thrilling B.A.A. 5K, held on April 15. There, American Ben True set a new course record of 13:41, beating Chelanga by a mere two seconds. Chelanga, the current B.A.A. Distance Medley time leader, finished fourth at last year’s B.A.A. 10K. Fellow B.A.A. 10K contenders Kiprono and Rutto also had strong showings at the B.A.A. 5K, finishing third and fifth respectively. Abdosh, who was the 2011 B.A.A. Half Marathon champion, finished ninth in 13:59, while Andover, Mass.’s Jenkins took 15th in 14:32.

On the women’s side, 2011 B.A.A. 10K runner-up Kim Smith returns, as does Ethiopia’s Aheza Kiros, second at the B.A.A. 5K, and American Janet Cherobon-Bawcom, last year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon champion. Kenyan Jelliah Tinega and American Esther Erb, both of whom were top twelve finishers at the B.A.A. 5K, also are returning to Boston’s Back Bay.

In the women’s race at the B.A.A. 5K, Ethiopia’s Werknesh Kidane ran away with the title, establishing a new course record of 15:12. Behind, New Zealand’s Smith and Ethiopia’s Kiros battled for second, the later gaining runner-up honors by five seconds. Cherobon-Bawcom and Tinega both finished in the top ten, recording times of 15:41 and 16:00, respectively. Erb, a member of the North Carolina-based ZAP Fitness team, finished twelfth. 

Several recent Boston Marathon champions and contenders will also be running this year’s B.A.A. 10K. The B.A.A. previously announced that Kenya’s Geoffrey Mutai, the world’s fastest marathoner, will seek to defend his B.A.A. 10K against this talented field, of which includes 2012 Boston Marathon runner-up Levy Matebo, also of Kenya. Mutai won the 2011 Boston Marathon in 2:03:02, the fastest marathon ever run under any conditions. On the women’s side, 2012 Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop will challenge compatriot Caroline Kilel, the 2011 Boston Marathon champion and reigning B.A.A. 10K winner, for the women’s title.

The second annual B.A.A. 10K begins at 8:00 a.m. on Charles Street in Boston, as the top athletes compete for a prize purse of nearly $30,000. The 6.2-mile course is a scenic tour through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Starting on Charles Street, the race winds down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock Street near Boston University, before heading back on Commonwealth Avenue, around the Public Garden, and finishing on Charles Street. Registration for the B.A.A. 10K remains open, but the field is limited to 6,000 entrants.

To register, please visit www.baa.org/races/10k.

MEN'S ELITE FIELD  (as of June 6, 2012)

ALI ABDOSH ** ETH 24 28:26  (27:04.92)
SAM CHELANGA ** KEN 27 28:31  (27:08.39)
LANI RUTTO ** KEN 23 28:35
GEOFFREY MUTAI KEN 30 27:19  (27:27.59)

WOMEN'S ELITE FIELD  (as of June 6, 2012)

AHEZA KIROS ** ETH 26 32:09  (31:06.93)
KIM SMITH ** NZL 30 31:23  (30:35.54)
JANET CHEROBON-BAWCOM ** USA 33 32:27  (31:33.50)
SHARON CHEROP KEN 28 32:43  (32:03.00)

** B.A.A. Distance Medley participant; intending to participate in the B.A.A.’s three race series (B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Half Marathon)
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B.A.A.: Marc Davis (617-778-1633; mobile: 703-439-0751; mdavis@baa.org)

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1920 - Ashland Start

The Boston Marathon began in Ashland, Massachusetts from 1897 through 1923 then moved to Hopkinton for the 1924 race. The course was lengthened to 26 miles, 385 yards to conform to the Olympic standard, and the starting line was moved west from Ashland to Hopkinton. Since then, the race has started in Hopkinton every year.