Defending Champions Return to Boston for this Sunday’s B.A.A. Half Marathon

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
04 OCT 2016
Defending champions Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera set to lead strong professional field for the 16th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association announced today the elite field for the 16th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Headlining the professional field are both B.A.A. Half Marathon defending champions Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera. The B.A.A. Half Marathon will be run on Sunday, October 9, 2016, beginning and finishing in Boston’s Franklin Park.

A native of Kenya, Mary Wacera won last year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon in 1:10:21 to claim the race title and secure the 2015 B.A.A. Distance Medley crown. Wacera also won the 2015 B.A.A. 10K, and owns two medals from the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships: a silver from 2014 and a bronze from earlier this year. Wacera’s lifetime best for the half marathon is1:06:29, set in Houston in January.

Leading the American charge are Heather Cappello and Madeline Duhon, both of whom run as part of Team B.A.A. Diane Nukuri, a 2016 Olympian for Burundi who placed fourth at this year’s B.A.A. 5K, is also racing.

For the men, Salel comes into the B.A.A. Half Marathon riding a hot streak in Massachusetts. In addition to winning last year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon, B.A.A. 10K, and B.A.A. Distance Medley title, Salel placed third at this year’s B.A.A 10K and fifth at August’s Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod. The native of Kenya finished second at both the 2013 and 2014 B.A.A. Half Marathons as well. 

Joining Salel among the men’s contenders from East Africa are this year’s B.A.A. 10K champion Daniel Chebii; current 10K world leader Abraham Kipyatich; and Silas Kipruto, the fastest man in the field with a 59:49 half marathon lifetime best. Salel, Chebii, Kipyatich, and Kipruto are all from Kenya.

Craig Leon and Trent Lusignan are the fastest Americans entered. Leon was the top American finisher at last year’s TCS New York City Marathon, and also placed tenth and twelfth at the 2013 and 2014 Boston Marathons. Lusignan is a member of the Hansons Brooks Distance Project based out of Michigan.

Since first being run in 2001, the B.A.A. Half Marathon has seen winners from eight different countries. The winner of the B.A.A. Half Marathon will earn $10,000, plus an additional $10,000 if the winner’s time is under the event records of 1:00:34 for men and 1:08:20 for women. In 2015, more than 6,380 athletes participated in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. This year’s field has 9,000 participants.

MEN'S ELITE FIELD (as of October 4, 2016)

NAMECITIZENSHIPPERSONAL BEST
Daniel Salel KEN 1:00:41
Silas Kipruto KEN 59:39
Daniel Chebii KEN 59:49
ErAbraham Kipyatich KEN 1:00:03
Tsegay Tuemay ERI 1:01:39
Pius Nyantika KEN 1:01:46
Akihiko Tsumurai JPN 1:01:58
Eliud Ngetich KEN 1:02:40
Harbert Okuti UGA 1:03:52
Craig Leon USA (OR) 1:04:02
Trent Lusignan USA (MI) Debut

WOMEN'S ELITE FIELD (as of October 4, 2016)

NAMECITIZENSHIPPERSONAL BEST
Mary Wacera KEN 1:06:29
Diane Nukuri BDI (AZ) 1:09:12
Mary Davies NZL (TX) 1:11:07
Nancy Nzisa KEN 1:11:09
Valentine Kibet KEN 1:11:34
Heather Capello USA (MA) 1:13:07
Natasha LaBeaud CAN (CA) 1:13:31
Madeline Duhon USA (MA) 1:17:22

OPEN PRIZE MONEY (Men and Women)

PLACEOPEN MASTERSPUSH RIM WHEELCHAIR
1st $10,000 $300 $500
2nd $6,000 $200 $300
3rd $4,000 $100 $200
4th $2,500
5th $1,200
6th $1,000
7th $600
8th $500
9th $300
10th $200

BONUSES 

BONUS INCENTIVES FOR TOP OVERALL FINISHES IN B.A.A. EVENTS*
Win three of the four events                 $50,000
Win two of the four events                                          $20,000 
Place in the top two in three of the four events $10,000 
Place in the top three in three of the four events $5,000

* Includes finishes in the Boston Marathon. Only the single highest bonus will be awarded to a runner.

EVENT RECORD BONUSES

b.a.a. 5KB.A.A. 10KB.A.A. Half MarathonBoston Marathon
$5,000 $7,500 $10,000 $25,000*

* Event Record bonuses in the Boston Marathon are provided through John Hancock’s sponsorship of the Boston Marathon.

B.A.A. Moment

Defending Champions Return to Boston for this Sunday’s B.A.A. Half Marathon

The Boston Athletic Association announced today the elite field for the 16th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Headlining the professional field are both B.A.A. Half Marathon defending champions Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera. The B.A.A. Half Marathon will be run on Sunday, October 9, 2016, beginning and finishing in Boston’s Franklin Park.

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