BOSTON – The men's winner at the Boston Marathon and the woman who won the Boston Athletic Association's Distance Medley in 2012 headline the field for Sunday's BAA 10K.
Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia will be looking for his second major Boston race victory just two months after his Marathon win when the 10K is held at 8 a.m. Sunday beginning near the Boston Public Garden. It is the second of three events in the BAA medley, which crowned Kim Smith of New Zealand as its women's champ last year.
“I am excited to be back and racing in Boston again,” Smith said. “Winning the [2012 B.A.A.] distance medley was something I had on my plans all year, so to be back is exciting and I hope to do well again.”
The medley also includes April's 5K and October's half-marathon.
Desisa, who has run a personal best 10K of 27:58 on the road, will be challenged in the men’s race by 2012 BAA Distance Medley champion Allan Kiprono of Kenya; 2012 Distance Medley runner-up Lani Rutto, also of Kenya; three-time Olympian Alistair Craig of Ireland; 2013 Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run champion Daniel Salel of Kenya; six-time NCAA All-American Stephen Sambu of Kenya; 2012 Paris Marathon runner-up Raji Assefa of Ethiopia; and 2013 James Joyce Ramble champion Amos Sang of Kenya.
Current men’s Distance Medley leader Aaron Braun of Arizona will looking to add to his point total after finishing second at the BAA 5K in April, when he ran a time of 13:40. Also running will be top American distance runner Jason Hartmann of Colorado, who finished fourth overall and was the top American finisher in both the 2012 and 2013 Boston Marathons.
Other Americans competing will be Nate Jenkins, who has a personal best of 29:33, and Mark Amirault, who will be making his professional 10K debut. Both are natives of Massachusetts.
Smith will be looking to defend her 10K and Distance Medley title against a field that will include some of the world’s best distance runners. The Providence, RI, resident has a 10K personal best of 31:23 on the road and won the BAA 5K in April. She will be challenged by Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, who finished second to Smith in the 5K; 2013 Crescent City Classic champion Alice Kimutai of Kenya; 2008 Bellin Run champion Millicent Kuria of Kenya; James Joyce Ramble champion Chemtai Rionotukei of Kenya; Houston Half Marathon and New York Mini 10K champion Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia; and 2012 Distance Medley runner-up Aheza Kiros of Ethiopia.
“[I am] feeling confident, it will be tough for three events, [this is] a challenging series,” Smith said. “I have been running shorter track races, trying to prepare for [those]. All my preparation has been for the 5K and 10K right now so [the training has] worked out well.”
The 6.2 mile course begins near the Boston Public Garden, and the route goes through the Back Bay.
Following the race, there will be a special ceremony in which Desisa will be gifting his 2013 Boston Marathon medal back to the City of Boston. He will dedicate his gift to the city in honor of the victims of the bombings that took place near the marathon finish line two hours after he finished the race.
- Steve Silva, Boston.com senior producer, two-time Boston Marathon sub-four hour runner.
- Ty Velde is a 16-time Boston qualifier who's completed 12 consecutive Boston Marathons and 25 marathons overall. Ty is now training for his 13th Boston run and will provide training tips for those who train solo and outside, no matter what temperature it is.
- Rich 'Shifter' Horgan is a 19-time Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team member who runs in honor of his father, who died of colon cancer. He will provide updates on local running events with a focus on the charitable organizations that provide Boston Marathon entries for their organization's fund raising purposes