Boston Marathon Record Holder Geoffrey Mutai and Defending Champion Stephen Sambu Square off at the 2015 B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 21

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T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
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15 JUN 2015
Two-time champions Mutai and Sambu lead a deep men's field, while 2011 Boston Marathon winner Caroline Kilel and marathon ace Edna Kiplagat head the women's field competing in this year's B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 21

BOSTON - The 2015 B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 21, will bring together some of the fastest and most decorated runners in the world, led by Boston Marathon winners, World Championship medalists, and a pair of two-time B.A.A. 10K champions. Run on a blistering fast course through Boston's Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhood, the B.A.A. 10K will showcase several of the world's top athletes as they return to familiar territory.

Geoffrey Mutai (KEN), the second fastest marathoner of all-time, 2011 Boston Marathon champion, and two-time B.A.A. 10K victor, returns to square off against two-time defending champion Stephen Sambu (KEN) and a slew of other top contenders. On the women’s side, 2011 Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 10K champion Caroline Kilel (KEN) will battle against two-time IAAF World Championships gold medalist Edna Kiplagat (KEN), as well as World Half Marathon Championships silver medalist Mary Wacera.

MEN’S RACE
Mutai, 33, ran his way into Boston running lore in 2011, claiming the 115th Boston Marathon men’s title in a time of 2:03:02. Mutai’s time is the second fastest marathon ever run under all conditions, and remains the Boston Marathon course record. Two months later, Mutai returned in June of 2011 to win the inaugural B.A.A. 10K by nearly a minute in 27:19, a time that still stands as the event record. In 2012 he’d retain his title in 27:29.

At last year’s B.A.A. 10K, Kenya's Stephen Sambu raced to a world leading time of 27:25, defeating Mutai by ten seconds. En route, Sambu would also clock an all-time world best for 8 kilometers, solidifying his spot as a force on the road racing scene. This year, Sambu will go for his third consecutive win at the B.A.A. 10K.

“I thought 'let me increase the pace' because I was just thinking about finishing," Sambu said in 2014, reflecting on the quick tempo of his winning run. As the 2013 and 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley champion, Sambu has found great success on the roads of Boston. "It's really good; it makes me feel good."

Joining Mutai and Sambu on the starting line will be Gebre Gebremariam (ETH), runner-up in 2011 and a two-time Olympian, as well as 2015 NYC Half winner Leonard Korir, fellow Kenyan Daniel Salel, Germany’s Arne Gabius, and Japan’s Takehiro Deki. Parker Stinson, Cole Atkins, Griff Graves, and the B.A.A.’s Ethan Shaw lead the American contingent.

This year’s B.A.A. 10K race course is slightly different than in years past, creating an even faster and more enjoyable experience for all participants.

* Note, as of June 18, Gebre Gebremariam (ETH) is a scratch from the field.

WOMEN’S RACE
A number of top athletes from East Africa will converge on the streets of Boston, in particular Kenyan marathon aces Caroline Kilel and Edna Kiplagat. After winning the 2011 Boston Marathon in a sprint to the finish, Kilel returned to Boston to win the inaugural B.A.A. 10K in 31:58. In 2012 she’d finish fifth, followed by a fourth place showing in 2014 and a sixth place at this year’s Boston Marathon. This summer, Kilel eyes a return to the top of the podium.

Kiplagat, 35, has won major marathons across the globe, including a pair of IAAF World Championship titles in 2011 and 2013. Placing first at the New York City Marathon in 2010 and first at the London Marathon in 2014, Kiplagat knows what it takes to finish up front. One of the first major wins of her career came right here in Boston, when she won the 2007 B.A.A. Half Marathon in 1:13:36. This will be her first B.A.A. 10K.

IAAF World Half Marathon silver medalist Mary Wacera will toe the line on June 21, as will fellow Kenyan Elvin Kibet. Diane Nukuri (BDI), Werknesh Kidane (ETH), and Tomomi Tanaka (JPN) round out the international field, while. Kristen Zaitz and the B.A.A.’s Jen Rhines and Heather Cappello are among the top Americans.

* Note, as of June 18, Werknesh Kidane (ETH) is a scratch from the field.

Both the men’s and women’s champions of the B.A.A. 10K receive a $10,000 (USD) award. A total prize purse of $48,500 (USD) will be distributed to the top ten women overall, the top three in the masters division, and the top three in the push rim wheelchair division. A bonus of $7500 will be awarded for a men’s or women’s course record in the open division.

The B.A.A. 10K begins on Sunday, June 21, at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden. The 6.2-mile course is a flat, fast tour through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Following its start on Charles Street, the race turns onto Boylston Street and Arlington Street, then winds down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock Street near Boston University. Participants then head back on Commonwealth Avenue, around the Public Garden, and finish on Charles Street. Registration for the B.A.A. 10K remains open. For more information about the B.A.A. 10K, please visit www.baa.org.

ELITE FIELD (as of June 15, 2015) 

MENPERSONAL BESTCOUNTRY
Geoffrey Mutai 27:19 KEN
Stephen Sambu 26:54.61 KEN
Gebre Gebremariam 26:52.33 ETH
Leonard Korir 27:29.40 KEN
Daniel Salel 27:07.85 KEN
Philip Langat 27:28 KEN
Takehiro Deki 29:02.10 JPN
Arne Gabius 27:43.93 GER
Cole Atkins 29:20.77 USA
Griff Graves 30:17 USA
Ethan Shaw 28:41.86 USA
Parker Stinson 27:54.98 USA

WOMENPERSONAL BESTCOUNTRY
Caroline Kilel 31:36 KEN
Edna Kiplagat 31:18 KEN
Mary Wacera 31:28 KEN
Diane Nukuri 31:52 BDI
Werknesh Kidane 30:07.15 ETH
Elvin Kibet 32:40.22 KEN
Tomomi Tanaka 32:27.70 JPN
Kristen Zaitz 33:27 USA
Jen Rhines 31:17:31 USA
Heather Cappello 33:32 USA

PRIZE MONEY
A total of $48,500 (USD) in prize money will be awarded equally to men and women based on the time from the starting gun (not by net time). Masters division (40 and older) runners will be eligible for both overall prize money awards and Masters Division prize money awards.

PLACEOPENMASTERSPUSH RIM WHEELCHAIR
1 $10,000 $300 $300
2 $5,000 $200 $200
3 $3,000 $100 $100
4 $1,500
5 $1,000
6 $750
7 $500
8 $400
9 $300
10 $200

BONUS STRUCTURE FOR 2015
Bonuses for event record times established at B.A.A. Distance Medley events will be $5,000 for the B.A.A. 5K, $7,500 for the B.A.A. 10K, and $10,000 for the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Boston Marathon event record bonuses continue to be provided through John Hancock Financial’s sponsorship of the Boston Marathon. In addition, a runner who wins three of those four events in 2015 will be awarded $50,000. Only the single highest bonus will be awarded to a runner.

BONUS INCENTIVES FOR TOP OVERALL FINISHES IN 2015 B.A.A. EVENTS*

  • Win three of the four events: $50,000
  • Win two of the four events: $20,000
  • Place among the top two in three of the four events: $10,000
  • Place among the top three in three of the four events: $5,000

* Includes the Boston Marathon

EVENT RECORD BONUSES

  • B.A.A. 5K: $5,000
  • B.A.A. 10K: $7,500
  • B.A.A. Half Marathon: $10,000  
  • Boston Marathon: $25,000 
B.A.A. Moment

Boston Marathon Record Holder Geoffrey Mutai and Defending Champion Stephen Sambu Square off at the 2015 B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 21

The 2015 B.A.A. 10K on Sunday, June 21, will bring together some of the fastest and most decorated runners in the world, led by Boston Marathon winners, World Championship medalists, and a pair of two-time B.A.A. 10K champions. Run on a blistering fast course through Boston's Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhood, the B.A.A. 10K will showcase several of the world's top athletes as they return to familiar territory.

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