Highlights from the 16th running of the B.A.A. Half Marathon
[BOSTON, MA] - Experience proved to be the difference maker here at the 16th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Kenyans Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera pushed through relentless rainfall and blustery winds to claim victory, defending their titles in 1:03:13 and 1:10:19, respectively. Both Salel and Wacera came to Boston eyeing a second straight win, and got the job done with defiant moves.
On a significant day for sports in New England, before Tom Brady returns to guide the New England Patriots and David Ortiz leads the Boston Red Sox playoff push, the B.A.A. Half Marathon served to kick off the city’s scheduled sporting festivities.
Salel was part of an eight-man pack through the five kilometer mark, hit in 14:42. With a harsh rain falling and wind blowing across iconic Jamaica Pond, no one wanted to take a risk and make a bid for the lead. Salel, Abraham Kipyatich (Kenya), Tsegay Tuemay (Eritrea), and Eliud Ngetich (Kenya) were among the leaders to slowly pull away in the subsequent miles, creating a quartet that would cover the race’s middle miles as one. Japan’s Akihiko Tsumurai did his best to stay with the group going by the picturesque Arnold Arboretum.
In the women’s race, Mary Wacera took off from contenders Diane Nukuri (Burundi) and Valentine Kibet (Kenya) after the five mile mark and never looked back. Determined to retain her title, Wacera kept her foot on the gas pedal and began chasing the men racing ahead of her.
Wacera happened to run stride for stride with Team B.A.A.’s Chris Allen, passing Olmsted Park and Jamaica Pond on their way through 10-K in 32:45.
“I didn’t want to run alone so I saw this guy and wanted to run with him so he could help me,” Wacera said with a smile. “He really helped me and I thank him for that.”