Kim Smith and Allan Kiprono to Defend Titles in B.A.A. Distance Medley which begins with B.A.A. 5K on April 14

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
03 APR 2013
Three-Race Series Awards $100,000 Prize for Fastest Cumulative Time

$25,000 Prize Purse at Stake in B.A.A. 5K

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that an elite field of world class athletes will compete in the Fifth Annual B.A.A. 5K, the first race of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Kim Smith (NZL) and Allan Kiprono (KEN) will defend their titles in the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which awards $100,000 to the male and female with the fastest cumulative time from all three races. Defending B.A.A. 5K women’s champion and course record holder Werknesh Kidane (ETH) will once again compete in this year’s B.A.A. 5K, which awards a combined prize purse of $25,000.

In the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, Kiprono will face London Olympic Games silver medalist at 5000 meters Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH); three-time Olympian Alistair Cragg (IRL); 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley runner-up Lani Rutto (KEN); Daniel Salel (KEN), who holds a personal best of 13:08.23 for 5000 meters; and six-time NCAA All-American Stephen Sambu (KEN).

A two-time Olympian, Smith will be challenged on the women’s side in the B.A.A. Distance Medley by Kidane, a three-time Olympian and IAAF World Championships silver medalist; 2011 B.A.A. 5K champion Lineth Chepkurui (KEN); 2008 Bolder Boulder 10K champion Millicent Kuria (KEN); and 2013 Crescent City Classic champion Alice Kimutai (KEN).

In the B.A.A. 5K, Glastonbury, Conn. native Donn Cabral, who placed eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the London Olympic Games, will look to be among the top finishers. Other top Americans in the field include 2012 Manchester Road Race champion Aaron Braun, as well as Andrew Carlson, Michael Crouch, and Cole Atkins. At 21 years old, Brett Robinson (AUS) is the youngest man among the elite field and holds a 5000 meter best of 13:37.75.

On the women’s side, Kidane and Smith placed first and third, respectively, last year and will meet again in this year’s B.A.A. 5K. They will face 2012 Manchester Road Race champion Delilah DiCrescenzo (USA), and fellow Americans Kellyn Johnson and Sarah Crouch. Also competing are Lara Tamsett (AUS), who holds a personal best for 5000 meters of 15:28.70, and 2:31 marathoner Heleen Plaatzer (NED).

“Held the day before the Boston Marathon each year, the B.A.A. 5K brings a surge of excitement and energy to the City of Boston, preparing competitors and spectators alike for the Boston Marathon,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “It is an honor to welcome this outstanding field of competitors to Boston.”

The B.A.A. 5K is the first race of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley. In the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley last year, 1492 runners registered for the three-race series and 931 completed it. This January, 2035 runners registered for the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley during an exclusive three-race registration window, which is now closed. The 2013 B.A.A. 5K field size limit of 6,500 has been reached and registration is now closed. Registration for the 2013 B.A.A. 10K begins on Wednesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET and registration for the 2013 B.A.A. Half Marathon begins on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

2013 B.A.A. 5K Men’s Field (as of April 3, 2013)

Dejen Gebremeskel ** ETH  /  23 13:11  (12:46.81)
Alistair Cragg ** IRL  /  32 13:24  (13:03.53)
Daniel Salel ** USA  /  22 Debut  (13:08.23)
Stephen Sambu ** KEN  /  24 13:28  (13:13.74)
Aaron Braun USA  /  25 13:46  (13:20.25)
Andrew Carlson USA  /  30 13:57  (13:32.71)
Brett Robinson AUS  /  21 14:04  (13:37.75)
Michael Crouch USA  /  25 13:56  (13:40.89)
Lani Rutto ** KEN  /  24 13:46
Allan Kiprono ** KEN  /  23 13:48
Cole Atkins USA  /  27 14:11  (14:00.20)

2013 B.A.A. 5K Women’s Field (as of April 3, 2013)

Werknesh Kidane ** ETH  /  32 15:12  (14:33.04)
Kim Smith ** NZL  /  31 14:48  (14:39.89)
Lineth Chepkurui ** KEN  /  25 15:50  (15:15.15)
Lara Tamsett AUS  /  24 15:42  (15:28.70)
Kellyn Johnson USA  /  26 16:01  (15:31.66)
Delilah DiCrescenzo USA  /  30 Debut  (15:40.00)
Millicent Kuria ** KEN  /  27 15:48
Sarah Crouch USA  /  23 15:50  (15:56.50)
Heleen Plaatzer NED  /  33 16:35
Alice Kimutai ** KEN  /  20 Debut

** B.A.A. Distance Medley participant
( ) Track Performance for 5000 meters

Prize Structure

1 $4,000
2 $2,000
3 $1,500
4 $1,000
5 $750
6 $600
7 $500
8 $400
9 $300
10 $200

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.