For Release: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that Geoffrey Mutai, the world’s fastest marathoner, will defend his title at the second annual B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 24. Defending B.A.A. 10K champion, Caroline Kilel will square off with reigning Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop. The race starts and finishes on Charles Street between the Public Garden and historic Boston Common. A partial list of elite athlete biographies is attached to this release.
At the 2011 Boston Marathon, Geoffrey Mutai, of Kenya, secured his place in Boston Marathon history by running the world’s fastest marathon ever run under any conditions in a time of 2:03:02. His time was nearly three minutes faster than the previous course record, and it was 57 seconds faster than anyone had ever run the distance. He returned to Boston two months later and won the inaugural B.A.A. 10K. With a time of 27:19 at the B.A.A. 10K, Mutai won over Gebre Gebremariam, of Ethiopia, by 52 seconds and ran one of the fastest 10K ever run in the United States. He started this year’s Boston Marathon but did not finish the race.
In the women’s race, the two most recent Boston Marathon champions will go head-to-head. Defending B.A.A. 10K champion Caroline Kilel, of Kenya, won the 2011 Boston Marathon in 2:22:36 with a thrilling sprint finish. She was just two seconds ahead of American Desiree Davila and six seconds ahead of Sharon Cherop, of Kenya. At last year’s 10K, Kilel went on to win in 31:58 over runner-up Kim Smith, of New Zealand. Kilel and Cherop faced each other again in this year’s Boston Marathon, but it was Cherop who prevailed, using a well-timed finishing kick to defeat Jemima Jelagat Sumgong, of Kenya.
Also joining the B.A.A. 10K field from this year’s Boston Marathon is men’s runner-up, Levy Matebo, of Kenya. After the men’s lead pack passed the 17-mile mark, Matebo and Mathew Kisorio, of Kenya, began to increase the pace, quickly opening up a gap on the pack. The two ran side by side through 20 miles, when Kisorio began to fall off the pace. Despite the 150-meter lead Matebo had established, he could not hold off a late charge by the eventual champion, Wesley Korir, also of Kenya. A bold front-runner, Matebo’s racing style will add excitement to the B.A.A. 10K.
“We are excited to welcome back these great and gracious champions as they return to compete against some of the world’s best runners,” said Tom Grilk, Executive Director of the B.A.A. “Their displays of courage and sheer endurance inspire us all, and we are grateful that they have decided to take part in the newest addition to our calendar of world class road races: the B.A.A. 10K, the second race of the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley.”
The B.A.A. 10K begins at 8:00 a.m. on Charles Street in Boston, and top athletes will 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. The field is limited to 6,000 entrants, but there is still space left. To register, please visit www.baa.org/races/10k.
Partial List of Elite Athlete Biographies:
GEOFFREY MUTAI (Eldoret, Kenya) – 10K Personal Best: 27:19
At the 2011 Boston Marathon, Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon in history. Without the aid of pacesetters, he led eight men under 2:08. After his Boston win, Mutai continued to break barriers as he notched a 2:05:06 course record this past fall in New York City. With those titles, he became the first man in history to break course records in Boston and New York City in the same year. The defending B.A.A. 10K champion set his personal best in last year’s race. Mutai currently sits in first place on the 2011 – 2012 World Marathon Majors leaderboard despite dropping out of this year’s Boston Marathon. He is married and has two daughters named Ivy and Marieke.
LEVY MATEBO (Trans Nzoia, Kenya) – 10K Personal Best: 27:55
Matebo was the runner-up at the 2012 Boston Marathon in 2:13:06. After holding the lead for several miles in the latter stages of the race, he was overtaken by Wesley Korir nearly one mile from the finish. His personal best marathon came at the 2011 Frankfurt Marathon, where he placed second in 2:05:16. He also won the Barcelona Marathon in 2:07:31 on March 11, 2011. Matebo set his 10K personal best in Nice, France on April 17, 2011.
SHARON CHEROP (Marakwet, Kenya) – 10K Personal Best: 31:31
Listed as one of the top marathoners in the world in the past two years, Cherop won the 2012 Boston Marathon by two seconds with a well-timed kick. At the 2012 Dubai Marathon, she set her personal best time of 2:22:39. She has also placed third at the 2011 IAAF World Championships Marathon and the 2011 Boston Marathon. She is currently in third place on the 2011 – 2012 World Marathon Majors leaderboard, 15 points behind Mary Keitany. She set her 10K personal best in New Delhi, India in November of 2011. Cherop is married to Matthew Bowen, who is a 2:10 marathoner himself, and the couple has a daughter named Natalia.
CAROLINE KILEL (Bomet, Kenya) – 10K Personal Best: 31:36
In an enthralling sprint finish against American Desiree Davila and Kenyan Sharon Cherop, Kilel triumphed, winning the 2011 Boston Marathon in a personal best 2:22:36. She returned to Boston, winning the inaugural B.A.A. 10K in 31:58. Later in 2011, she finished sixth at the New York City Marathon. Kilel set her 10K personal best in Groesbeek, Netherlands in June of 2009. She lives and trains in Kericho, with her husband Vincent Kipkemoi, also a runner, and their son Trevis Kipngeno.
B.A.A.: Marc Davis (617-778-1633; mobile: 703-439-0751; firstname.lastname@example.org)