B.A.A. 10K

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B.A.A. 10K
BAA 10K Logo.png
The logo for the B.A.A. 10K
Date Late June
Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Event type Road
Distance 10 kilometers
Primary sponsor Brigham and Women's Hospital[1] (Since 2016)
Established 2011
Official site B.A.A 10K

The B.A.A. 10K is an annual road running event for men and women over 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) that takes place in June in Boston in the United States. A total of 3040 people finished the race at the inaugural edition.[2]

The B.A.A. 10K is one of two major annual races that cover the 10 kilometer distance in the city, alongside the Tufts Health Plan 10K for women, which is held in October.[3]

History[edit]

First organized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) in 2011, the event represented a further expansion of the group's road running calendar; building on the long-running Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. Half Marathon and B.A.A. 5K were launched in 2001 and 2009 respectively.[4] Unlike the association's more prominent competitions, the 10K does not require that participants achieve a qualifying time to enter the race. The race has a mix of amateur and professional, elite level runners, and a total prize pot of US$30,000 is available.[5]

The starting line of the 2017 BAA 10K in Boston.
The starting line of the 2017 BAA 10K in Boston.

The course for the race is set in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. It follows a closely looped format, heading west to east with Charles Street acting as both the start and finish point of the race. The race begins by following the perimeter of the Public Garden before heading west along Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road. After reaching the halfway point near the intersection with Babcock Street, the course loops back on itself and runs along Commonwealth Avenue until the finish line on Charles Street.[6] The course passes city landmarks including the Cheers Beacon Hill bar and the campus of Boston University.[5]

The men's and women's winners of the 2011 Boston Marathon ran in the first B.A.A. 10K and both won their respective categories. Geoffrey Mutai won the men's race in 27 minutes 19 seconds (a state record), while Caroline Kilel crossed the line in 31:58 to win the women's section.[7] Mutai defended his title a year later while Kim Smith set a women's record of 31:36.[8]

The B.A.A. 10K is one of two major annual races over the distance in the city, alongside the Tufts Health Plan 10K for women, which is held in October.[9]

The 2017 race was run under sunny skies with a temperature of 65 degrees at the start of the race with rising humidity for the 8,143 registered runners. The men's division was won by Daniel Chebii in 27:58 and the women's division winner was Joan Chelimo in 31:24. Both runners took home the $10,000 prize for winning their respective division.[1]

Past winners[edit]

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 2011  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 27:19  Caroline Kilel (KEN) 31:58
2nd 2012  Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) 27:29  Kim Smith (NZL) 31:36
3rd 2013  Stephen Sambu (KEN) 28:06  Mamitu Daska (ETH) 31:45
4th 2014  Stephen Sambu (KEN) 27:25  Mamitu Daska (ETH) 31:04
5th 2015  Daniel Salel (KEN) 28:09  Mary Wacera (KEN) 32:07
6th 2016  Daniel Chebii (KEN) 27:55  Shalane Flanagan (USA) 30:52
7th 2017  Daniel Chebii (KEN) 27:58  Joan Chelimo (KEN) 31:24

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Connolly, John (2017-06-26). "Daniel Chebii and Joan Chelimo run away with BAA 10K titles". The Boston Herald. Retrieved 2017-06-26. 
  2. ^ Mutai sizzles 27:19 in Boston 10Km. IAAF (2011-06-26). Retrieved on 2015-06-21.
  3. ^ Tufts Health Plan 10 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2010-10-12). Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  4. ^ Event Information 10K. B.A.A. Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  5. ^ a b Cleaver, Skip. The Inaugural B.A.A. 10K in Boston—Still Time to Get in This Limited Field. Cool Running. Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  6. ^ BAA 10K Course Map 2011. B.A.A. (2011). Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  7. ^ Connelly, John (2011-06-27). Feeling at home. Boston Herald. Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  8. ^ World lead for Mutai, course record for Smith at Boston 10k. IAAF (2012-06-24). Retrieved on 2015-06-21.
  9. ^ Tufts Health Plan 10 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians (2010-10-12). Retrieved on 2011-07-02.

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