2016 B.A.A. 5K Race Reports
- By James O'Brien
Chilly temperatures in the mid-40s and blustery winds greeted the thousands of runners gathered on Boston Common to contest the eighth annual B.A.A. 5K. Twelve months previously, Ben True had scorched to a national record-setting 13:22 victory. True was back this year, though hampered by a hip injury that had forced him to skip March's NYC Half and take two full weeks off from running.
"It didn't feel good while I was warming up," commented the defending champion.
Intending to make this all the more challenging for the New Hampshire resident - who is married to Rio de Janeiro Olympic triathlete Sarah True - were Dejen Gebremeskel from Ethiopia, the winner here in 2013 and 2014; Stephen Sambu and Philip Langat from Kenya, both experienced competitors on this course; and a handful of hardened US road racers, including Diego Estrada, Joe Stilin, and Tim Ritchie. With $39,900 in prize money on the line, it was never going to be easy.
WOMEN'S RACE - By Barbara Huebner
For the first five years of the B.A.A. 5K, which was run for the first time in 2009, the women’s race saw five different champions. But for the past three, the top step of the podium has been the sole province of Molly Huddle.
Although any chance of breaking the American record she set here last year was, literally, gone with the wind on a gusty, sunny spring morning in Boston, the 31-year-old Huddle easily captured her third-consecutive B.A.A. 5K win when she crossed the finish line in 15 minutes and 14 seconds, 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Buze Diriba (15:28) of Ethiopia. Finishing third was Caroline Chepkoech of Kenya (15:35).
“It was definitely a lot breezier and chillier this year,” said Huddle, who took home $7,500 for the victory. “I think people wanted to stay closer together.”
“That’s what makes racing so much fun,” declared Diane Nukuri of Burundi, who finished fourth (15:43). “You get to deal with everything.”