B.A.A. Running Club Has Strong Representation at B.A.A. 10k

24 JUN 2013
B.A.A. Running Club Has Strong Representation at B.A.A. 10k
For the third consecutive year, the B.A.A. Running Club has placed runners among the top finishers of the B.A.A. 10k. On Sunday, June 23rd, Dan Harper recorded the second-highest finish of any B.A.A. athlete by claiming the 11th place position. Only Tim Ritchie, who was tenth in the inaugural race, has finished higher. Harper, who is wrapping up a solid outdoor season where he won the 10k on the track at the Penn Relays and the New Balance Boston Twilight Series, got out well and kept himself among the top runners. He was the first of a trio of B.A.A. athletes to place in the top 15. Harper was followed by Colman Hatton in 13th place and Justin Lutz in 15th. Teammate Brendan Prindiville also cracked the top twenty with his 18th place finish.

In the women's race, Hilary Dionne broke into the top ten with her 8th place finish. Mimi Fallon was the next B.A.A. runner and ran 38:08 to finish twelfth overall; she also repeated as the women's 45-49 age group champion. The club boasted additional age group champions in Pat Stumbras who also reclaimed his title in the 55-59 age group category, Chris Lawrence in the 45-49 men's division, and Prindiville, who won the 35-39 age group award. Caroline Bjune was runner-up in the 35-39 category as was Kevin Hill in the 40-44 age group competition.

On the first weekend of summer, conditions were close to ideal. With warm temperatures in the high 70s/low 80s, some 5500 runners competed, cheered by hundreds of spectators. Amidst the theme of "Boston Strong", club members proudly represented the organization among the thousands of runners who also donned the familiar blue and yellow and/or the B.A.A. logo in a show of support and solidarity. The sentiment of the day - strong competition and the strength of community - were embodied by 2013 Boston Marathon Champion and 2013 B.A.A. 10k runner-up Lelisa Desisa, when he presented his Boston Marathon Champion Medal to the City of Boston in a moving and heartfelt ceremony.

Next up on the running club racing calendar are the Sugar Bowl 5k and the Marathon Sports 5 Mile on July 18th. Club members can elect to run either race as they both fall on Thursday, July 18th. The following week, the team heads to Carver, MA for the USATF New England 5 Mile Championship hosted by the Carver Cranberry 5 Mile on Sunday, July 27th.

Click here for results from the B.A.A. 10k.

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.