2017 B.A.A. 5K Race Reports
MEN'S RACE - By James O'Brien
On a picture-perfect day for racing through downtown Boston, New England-native Ben True stormed to his fourth B.A.A. 5K win, establishing a new American Record in in 13:20. True battled stride for stride with challengers Stephen Sambu and James Kibet, though came out on top at the finish adjacent to Boston Common.
This being Boston, it is fitting that the B.A.A. 5K has developed traditions of its own, among them that Ben True will come into town from his New Hampshire home with guns a-blazing. No less of a tradition is that Ethiopia’s Dejen Gebremeskel will also arrive, ready to race like the Olympic 5000m silver medlaist that he is. True and Gebremeskel are the patriarchs of this race, having together now won seven of the race’s nine editions.
WOMEN'S RACE - By Barbara Huebner
Since 2014, Molly Huddle has owned the B.A.A. 5K, winning three years in a row and setting an American record in 2015. So when she went through the first mile of this flat-and-fast course in 4:46, leading the field, no one was surprised—not even Huddle.
Until she turned around.
“Everybody was still there,” said Huddle afterward. “So I was like, OK, it’s going to be a hard one today.”