2016 Boston Marathon Champions to Return for B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, on June 26

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T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
09 MAY 2016
Baysa and Hayle to test themselves at shorter distance on city streets.

BOSTON - Three weeks after winning the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. announced that both open division champions Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle will return to the streets of Boston on June 26 to run the sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital. Baysa and Hayle, both of Ethiopia, joined the illustrious honor roll of Boston victors when they triumphed on Patriots' Day (Monday, April 18) in the 120th edition of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.

"The B.A.A. 10K has quickly become a race that many of our marathoners want to run after recovering from their effort in April," said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. "Beginning with our inaugural B.A.A. 10K in 2011, we have brought back recent Boston Marathon champions each year to join us in celebrating the start of summer in Boston by running in this fun, community event which has produced extraordinary performances.  We look forward to welcoming back Atsede and Lemi to Boston."

Baysa, 29, came from far behind the leaders late in the Boston Marathon to win, pulling away to finish in a time of 2:29:19.  She became the fourth female Boston champion to hail from Ethiopia. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of women's participation in Boston, Baysa gifted her first-place trophy to race pioneer Bobbi Gibb, who was the first female finisher of the Boston Marathon in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Gibb never received a trophy for winning the Boston Marathon, and Baysa was moved to perform the gesture after learning of Gibb's importance to women's marathon history. Baysa is a known singer and recording artist in her home country, and Gibb is an artist herself.

At only 21-years-old, Hayle won the men's race in his first Boston Marathon appearance with a time of 2:12:45, beating countryman and two-time champion Lelisa Desisa by 47 seconds. Hayle is the youngest Boston Marathon champion since 1951, and is the fifth men's Boston Marathon champion to hail from Ethiopia. He led his country to a 1-2-3 sweep this year.

Registration for the B.A.A. 10K is open at www.baa.org, but the field size is limited. The race starts and finishes on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden. The 6.2-mile course travels toward Boston University before passing through Kenmore Square and down Commonwealth Avenue. In only its sixth year, the B.A.A. 10K has become known internationally as one of the world's fastest 10-kilometer courses.

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2016 Boston Marathon Champions to Return for B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital, on June 26

Three weeks after winning the Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. announced that both open division champions Atsede Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle will return to the streets of Boston on June 26 to run the sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women's Hospital. Baysa and Hayle, both of Ethiopia, joined the illustrious honor roll of Boston victors when they triumphed on Patriots' Day (Monday, April 18) in the 120th edition of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.

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