Check out the top times and the highlights from the 2015 B.A.A. 5K
MEN'S RACE RECAP
At the seventh annual B.A.A. 5K, New England native Ben True ran his way into the record books, clocking a national record time of 13:22 to win his third B.A.A. 5K title. True became the first athlete in race history to claim three titles, a testament to his fast finishing kick and determination.
With clear blue skies, weather conditions were ideal for fast times and exciting races. A very strong field lined up on Charles Street, including True, Steven Sambu (KEN), Philip Langat (KEN), Daniel Salel (KEN), Girma Mecheso (ETH) and a boat-load more.
That the gang was here to run was evident from the moment the gun fired at 8:00 a.m., sending the field of 10,000 on its way. Starting on Charles Street next to Boston Common, the race’s new course looped onto Boylston and Arlington Streets before swinging left onto Commonwealth Avenue and a long, long turn-free super-fast straightaway. By the time the male leaders had surged onto Commonwealth Avenue - not even half a mile into the race - the contenders had already been identified. The most aggressive of these was Kenya's Philip Langat who surged to the forefront, giving the appearance of a man who intended to leave nothing to chance.
Approaching the first mile marker, Langat held a margin of 10 meters. The first mile split was 4:19 with Langat in the driver's seat and a pack of four - Sambu, Salel, Macheso and True - running shoulder to shoulder in his wake. Of the pack, it was True who garnered the most attention. Being (almost) local and having placed second in 2014 in a dead-heat sprint for the line with Dejen Gebremeskel, there was talk that, on this new course, he could improve his time by a couple of seconds and snag the US record. Interestingly - and somewhat fittingly - that record mark stood to Marc Davis, who set it at 13:24 in Carlsbad in 1996. Davis is the Communications Director at the Boston Athletic Association, and was on hand for today’s race.
WOMEN'S RACE RECAP
Molly Huddle defended her B.A.A. 5K title on Saturday morning in grand fashion, breaking the tape and the American record in 14:50, slashing four seconds off the mark set by Deena Kastor in 2002.
In the back of her mind, Huddle had the vague notion that she might chase the 5K American record at some point. Maybe later this year. Certainly not today.
“But wow,” she said, looking stunned as the realization set in that she had not only broken the record but had also run a personal best by a whopping 20 seconds. “Wow.”
The 30-year-old Huddle, who lives and trains in Providence, R.I., already owned the American record at 5000 meters on the track and is a four-time 5K national champion. She earned $7,500 for the victory and a bonus of $5,000 for setting an event record on a fast course made even faster this year with the elimination of two 90-degree turns. The win also gives her the lead in the 2015 B.A.A. Distance Medley, the three race series that also includes the B.A.A. 5K, B.A.A. 10K. and B.A.A. Half Marathon.