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Results and Commentary: 10 Fast Facts from the 2012 B.A.A. 10K

Title defended, course record broken, and a picturesque day

By Chris Lotsbom

  • Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his B.A.A. 10K title, running away from the field and clocking a time of 27:29. Mutai's time is the fastest 10K run thus far in the world in 2012. Olympian Kim Smith of New Zealand won the women's race in a new course record of 31:36; her time is the fastest run in America this year.

  • The top Americans in Sunday's B.A.A. 10K were a pair of North Carolinians in Landon Peacock (11th, 29:50) and Lindsey Scherf (7th, 34:10). Scherf is a graduate of Harvard University.

  • After the completion of Sunday's B.A.A. 10K, the second leg of the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley, Ali Abdosh and Kim Smith are atop the leaderboard standings vying for $100,000. With one race to go -- October 7's B.A.A. Half Marathon -- both are in prime position to win.

  • Boston Marathon champions did very well at the B.A.A. 10K. Geoffrey Mutai, the 2011 Boston Marathon winner and world's fastest marathoner, won the men's race. On the women's side, 2012 Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop finished third in 32:03, while 2011 winner Caroline Kilel placed fifth in 32:40.

  • A total of 4560 finishers were recorded at the second annual B.A.A. 10K, a 33.14% increase from the inaugural running in 2011, when there were 3049 finishers.

  • Among Massachusetts competitors, Timothy Ritchie and Jennifer Donovan came out on top. Ritchie, who runs for the B.A.A. and is an assistant coach at Boston College, placed 12th in 29:59. Framingham's Donovan finished 12th among women in 34:33. Gary Brendel and Carla Trodella of Sterling and Danvers, Mass., respectively, took the wheelchair races.

  • 216 children participated in the kids races held after the B.A.A. 10K. Running sprint and distance races, as well as an obstacle course, all children received bib numbers, medals, and ribons. Joining them were Jason Hartmann, the fourth place finisher and top American at this year's Boston Marathon, as well as Ethiopia's Aheza Kiros and Ali Abdosh. Abdosh is currently in the lead of the B.A.A. Distance Medley, and is the reigning B.A.A. Half Marathon champion.

  • 375 volunteers helped make this year's B.A.A. 10K go off without a hitch. A special thank you to all of those who gave their time and helped make the second annual race a success!

  • Picturesque conditions were seen throughout the 6.2-mile course, but especially on Boston Common and the Public Garden. Since the event’s inception, the B.A.A. has made a donation to the Friends of the Public Garden, an organization which works to preserve and enhance Boston’s first public parks – the Boston Common, Public Garden, and Commonwealth Avenue Mall.

  • The next B.A.A. event will be the B.A.A. Half Marathon on Sunday, October 7, 2012. Registration will open on Wednesday, July 18. For more information on the B.A.A. Half Marathon, please see http://www.baa.org/races/half-marathon.aspx.
B.A.A. Moment 6

1983 - Greg Meyer

in 1983 Greg Meyer won the Boston Marathon, and remains the last American to have won the men's open division. 

Photo Credit: Fay Foto