Results and Commentary: 2018 Race Recap

2018 B.A.A. 5K Race Reports

MEN'S RACE - By James O'Brien

Now ten years old and with more than 8,600 runners on the starting line, the B.A.A. 5K is a fixture of the New England racing scene and an integral part of Boston Marathon Weekend. It’s also a key part of Ben True’s annual racing calendar. True had won four times, twice setting a U.S. national record. A year ago he clocked 13:20 to awe the crowd.  

“Growing up in Maine, that was the only other state that celebrates Patriots’ Day,” True explained after this year’s. “The spectacle of the Marathon was always a holiday. So, this race is always something special in my heart.”

True arrived on the Charles Street starting line with every intent of claiming title number five. However, a stellar field of U.S. and international roadsters would make very difficult. Conditions were almost perfect – a light breeze across Boston Common and temperatures in the low 50s - and through the opening mile of 4:32 a pack of 20 held close formation.

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WOMEN'S RACE - By Barbara Huebner

Coming into the B.A.A. 5K, defending champion Buze Diriba had won seven U.S. road races – including last week’s Cherry Blossom 10-Mile – since she broke the tape on Charles Street last year. Suffice it to say, the 24-year-old Ethiopian toed the line as the favorite, and she lived up to the billing, outkicking countrywoman Fotyen Tesfay and Kenya’s Monicah Ngige under sunny skies to win in 15:22 and take home the $7,500 top prize.

Tesfay, just 20 years old, was second in 15:23 ($4,000), with Ngige third in 15:24 ($2,500). Finishing as first American was Molly Seidel, fifth in 15:33.

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