Reigning Boston Marathon, B.A.A. 10K Champions Lead Elite Field at 2016 B.A.A. 10K

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
15 JUN 2016
Boston Marathon champion Atsede Baysa, B.A.A. 10K winners Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera set to run the June 26 race.

BOSTON - The 2016 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will feature one of the strongest fields in race history, bringing together Boston Marathon champions, Olympians, and international stars on the roads of Boston. The sixth annual race will be held on Sunday, June 26, starting and finishing on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common. Racing on one of the fastest courses in the world, the event will showcase Boston’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.

Two months after breaking the finish tape at the 120th Boston Marathon, Ethiopian Atsede Baysa will return to Boston seeking another laurel wreath. Coming from more than 37 seconds behind in the final miles of the Boston Marathon, Baysa capped off a scintillating win by sprinting down Boylston Street last April. Baysa will look to use the same speed in Back Bay at the B.A.A. 10K, and will be on hand to meet and greet participants on race weekend.

Looking to retain their B.A.A. 10K titles are defending champions Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera, both of Kenya. Salel and Wacera prevailed last year despite torrential downpours and inclement weather conditions, winning in 28:09 and 32:07, respectively. Both also claimed B.A.A. Half Marathon and B.A.A. Distance Medley victories in 2015.

Contending for top honors will be a pair of American distance running icons in Dathan Ritzenhein and Abdi Abdirahman. Combined, the pair has appeared in seven Olympic Games, and have consistently been two of the top American runners at distances ranging from 5K to the marathon. Ritzenhein finished as the top American at the 2015 Boston Marathon, when he placed seventh overall in 2:11:20. Abdirahman has won seven national titles at 10,000m on the track or 10K on the roads, and finished the 2014 Boston Marathon in 2:16:06. Each hope to be the first American champions in B.A.A. 10K history.

Geoffrey Mutai, the Boston Marathon course record holder and two-time B.A.A. 10K champion, will compete as well. In 2011, Mutai ran 27:19 for the B.A.A. 10K course, what still stands as an event record.  Last year he finished seventh overall.

New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith, the 2012 champion who trains in Providence, R.I., and Jen Rhines, a member of the B.A.A. High Performance Team, also return to Back Bay with the podium in their sights. Smith will use the race as preparation for what could be her fourth Olympic Games later this summer. Rhines, who lives along the course, leads the B.A.A. running club contingent on their home turf.

Marathon aces Edna Kiplagat and Buzunesh Deba will bring added international flair to the B.A.A. 10K. Kenya’s Kiplagat, an Abbott World Marathon Majors champion and two-time marathon gold medalist at the IAAF World Championships, placed second at last year’s B.A.A. 10K, while Ethiopia’s Deba will be making her debut at the race. Deba has placed in the top three at the Boston Marathon two times, including a runner-up showing in 2014.

Lineth Chepkurui, winner of the 2011 B.A.A. 5K, and Sentayehu Ejigu, second at the 2015 B.A.A. 5K, are also competing. A full listing of elite athletes can be found below.

Boston Marathon men’s champion Lemi Berhanu Hayle has withdrawn from the race, as he has been selected to represent Ethiopia at the Olympic Marathon in Rio de Janeiro later this summer.

Three-time B.A.A. 10K wheelchair champion Tony Nogueira, as well as 2013 women's winner Carla Trodella, will race for the push-rim wheelchair title.

Both the men’s and women’s champions of the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, receive a $10,000 (USD) award. A total prize purse of $48,500 (USD) will be distributed to the top ten men and 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 event record in the open division.

The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, begins on Sunday, June 26, 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 the 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, under the iconic Boston Strong sign, around the Public Garden, and finish on Charles Street. Registration for the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, remains open. For more information on the B.A.A. 10K, please visit www.baa.org.

ELITE ATHLETE FIELD (as of June 15, 2016)

MEN      
ATHLETE AGE COUNTRY 10K PB
Geoffrey Mutai 34 KEN 27:19 27:19 (B.A.A. 10K, 2011)
Daniel Salel 25 KEN 27:41 (B.A.A. 10K, 2014)
Dathan Ritzenhein 33 USA/MI 28:08 (New York City, 2007)
Abdi Abdirahman 39 USA/AZ 28:11 (Atlanta, 2007)
Philip Langat 26 KEN 27:28 (Utrecht, 2011)
Silus Kipruto 31 KEN 27:28 (Marseille, 2008)
Daniel Chebii 31 KEN 27:35 (Prague, 2013)
Gabriel Geay 20 TAN 28:48 (Paderborn, 2016)
Eliud Ngetich 23 KEN 28:50 (Mobile, 2016)
Kevin Kochei 26 KEN 28:52 (New York City, 2014)
Brian Harvey 29 USA/MA 29:51 (Cape Elizabeth, 2014)
Eric Ashe 27 USA/MA 30:12 (Cape Elizabeth, 2014)
Henry Lelei 27 KEN/TX Debut

WOMEN
ATHLETE AGE COUNTRY 10K PB
Atsede Baysa 29 ETH 33:14 (Bangalore, 2009)
Mary Wacera 27 KEN 31:28 (Montereau, 2012)
Lineth Chepkurui 28 KEN 30:45 (New Orleans, 2010)
Edna Kiplagat 36 KEN 31:18 (Atlanta, 2010)
Kim Smith 34 NZL/RI 31:23 (Atlanta, 2010)
Sentayehu Ejigu 30 ETH 31:33 (Boston, 2013)
Azmera Gebru 24 ETH 31:50 (Boston, 2014)
Buze Diriba 22 ETH 31:57 (New Orleans, 2016)
Aselefech Mergia 31 31 ETH 32:00 (Bangalore, 2010)
Buzunesh Deba 28 ETH/NY 32:10 (Atlanta, 2010)
Jen Rhines 41 USA/MA 32:16 (Boston, 2010)
Nancy Nzisa 20 KEN 33:18 (Prague, 2014)
Elvin Kibet 26 KEN/OR 33:38 (B.A.A. 10K, 2015)
Heather Cappello 36 USA/MA 33:32 (B.A.A. 10K, 2011)
Katie DiCamillo 29 USA/RI 33:30 (Northport, 2012)
Marci Klimek 28 USA/MA 33:27.69 (Portland, 2013)
Katrina Spratford 26 USA/RI Debut

PRZE 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.

PLACE OVERALL OPEN OPEN MASTERS (40+) PUSH-RIM WHEELCHAIR
1st $10,000 $300 $500
2nd $5,000 $200 $300
3rd $3,000 $100 $200
4th $1,500
5th $1,000
6th $750
7th $500
8th $400
9th $300
10th $200

BONUS STRUCTURE FOR 2016

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 2016 will be awarded $50,000. Only the single highest bonus will be awarded to a runner.

BONUS INCENTIVES FOR TOP OVERALL FINISHES IN 2016 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

MEDIA

For further information, please contact media@baa.org.
 

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Reigning Boston Marathon, B.A.A. 10K Champions Lead Elite Field at 2016 B.A.A. 10K

The 2016 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will feature one of the strongest fields in race history, bringing together Boston Marathon champions, Olympians, and international stars on the roads of Boston. The sixth annual race will be held on Sunday, June 26, starting and finishing on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common. Racing on one of the fastest courses in the world, the event will showcase Boston’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.

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