Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 10K Champions Lead Elite Field at 2017 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
14 JUN 2017
Boston Marathon champions Meb Keflezighi and Buzunesh Deba will join B.A.A. 10K winners Daniel Chebii and Mary Wacera for June 25 race.

BOSTON - The 2017 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will feature one of the strongest fields in race history, bringing together Boston Marathon champions, Olympians, and global medalists on the roads of Boston. The seventh annual race will be held on Sunday, June 25, starting and finishing on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common. Racing on one of the fastest courses in the world, the event will showcase Boston’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.

Following a memorable run to complete his Boston Marathon career, 2014 champion Meb Keflezighi will return to Boston aiming to become the first American male winner in B.A.A. 10K race history. Keflezighi has inspired the region with his determination and sportsmanship, and was presented the Patriots’ Award by the B.A.A. this past April for his philanthropy.

Keflezighi isn’t the only Boston Marathon champion entered, as course record holder and 2014 winner Buzunesh Deba will vie for the women’s title. Deba is coming off a seventh place finish at this year’s Boston Marathon, and will look to use her speed through Back Bay aiming for the $10,000 first-place prize.

Looking to repeat as champion of the B.A.A. 10K is Daniel Chebii from Kenya. Chebii cruised to a 27:55 win at last year’s B.A.A. 10K, defeating the field by seven seconds. Also returning are 2015 champions Mary Wacera and Daniel Salel, as well as two-time champion Stephen Sambu (2013, 2014). Not to be forgotten is Buze Diriba, the reigning B.A.A. 5K champion who ran 14:54 to win in April; Diriba’s time remains the fastest 5K in the world this year.

Dathan Ritzenhein, who finished fourth in his B.A.A. 10K debut last year, returns as well. He’s on a winning streak on the roads, winning both the USA 25K Championships and the Great Manchester Run 10K last month. Olympians Cam Levins (Canada), Dominique Scott (South Africa), and Betsy Saina (Kenya) will bring an international flair to the field, all with strong racing credentials. Saina was runner-up at the 2014 B.A.A. 10K.

Sporting the B.A.A.’s traditional adidas unicorn racing uniform will be Katie Matthews, Katie Kellner, and Margo Malone.

Four-time B.A.A. 10K wheelchair champion Tony Nogueira, as well as reigning women’s winner Carla Trodella will race for the push-rim wheelchair title.

Both the men’s and women’s champions of the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, receive a $10,000 (USD) award. A total prize purse of $48,500 (USD) will be distributed to the top ten men and women overall, the top three in the masters division, and the top three in the push rim wheelchair division. A bonus of $7,500 will be awarded for a men’s or women’s event record in the open division. The men’s event record of 27:19 was set at the inaugural edition of the B.A.A. 10K in 2011, while the women’s event record stands at 30:52, set last year by Shalane Flanagan. Flanagan’s time is also an American record.

The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, begins on Sunday, June 25, at 8:00 a.m. EDT on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Garden. The 6.2-mile course is a flat, fast tour through Boston's Back Bay neighborhood. Following the start on Charles Street, the race turns onto Boylston Street and Arlington Street, then winds down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock Street near Boston University. Participants then head back on Commonwealth Avenue, under the iconic Boston Strong sign, around the Public Garden, and finish on Charles Street. Race registration remains open. For more information on the B.A.A. 10K, please visit www.baa.org.

ELITE ATHLETE FIELD (as of June 14, 2017)

Women’s Field:

NAMEAGECOUNTRYPERSONAL BEST
Mary Wacera 28 KEN 31:28 (Montereau, 2012)
Buze Diriba 23 ETH 31:57 (New Orleans, 2016)
Diane Nukuri 32 BDI 31:49 (Manchester, 2016)
Dominique Scott 24 RSA/AR 34:28 (Belville, 2010)
Buzunesh Deba 29 ETH/NY 32:10 (Atlanta, 2010)
Joan Chelimo 28 KEN 32:20 (Taroudant, 2013)
Betsy Saina 28 KEN/OR 30:46 (Tilburg, 2014)
Elvin Kibet 27 KEN/CO 32:45 (Charleston, SC, 2017)
Monicah Ngige 23 KEN 31:55 (New York, 2017)
Sheila Chepngetich 21 KEN N/A
Amy van Alstine 29 USA/NJ 32:51 (Tufts 10K, Boston, 2013)
Katie Matthews 26 USA/MA 32:23 (Tufts 10K, Boston, 2014)
Katie Kellner 25 USA/MA 33:05 (Atlanta, 2014)
Margo Malone 23 USA/MA 35:46 (Tufts 10K, Boston, 2016)
Marci Klimek 29 USA/MA 34:22 (Tufts 10K, Boston, 2016

Men's Field

NAMEAGECOUNTRYPERSONAL BEST
Daniel Chebii 32 KEN 27:35 (Prague, 2013)
Stephen Sambu 28 KEN/AZ 27:25 (B.A.A. 10K, 2014)
Daniel Salel 26 KEN 27:41 (B.A.A. 10K, 2014)
Dathan Ritzenhein 34 USA/MI 28:06 (Manchester, GBR, 2017)
Cam Levins 28 CAN/OR N/A (27:07.51 on track)
Teshome Mekonen 21 ETH 27:50 (Prague, 2015)
Tsegay Tuemay 21 ERI 28:13 (Paderborn, 2013)
Barnabas Kosgei 30 KEN 28:33 (Brunssum, 2007)
Edwin Rotich 29 KEN 27:45 (Santos, 2013)
Meb Keflezighi 42 USA/CA 27:58 (Cape Elizabeth, ME, 2007)
Shadrack Biwott 32 USA/CA 28:35 (Atlanta, 2013)
Tim Ritchie 29 USA/CT 29:28 (Holyoke, MA, 2011)
Parker Stinson 25 USA/CO 29:24 (B.A.A. 10K, 2015)
Andrew Bumbalough 30 USA/OR N/A (27:56.78 on the track)
Eliud Ngetich 24 KEN 28:50 (Mobile, 2016)
Will Geiken 24 USA/CA 30:27 (Kentfield, CA, 2017)
Stephen Scullion 28 IRL 29:23 (Bristol, 2011)

PRIZE MONEY

A total of $48,500 (USD) in prize money will be awarded equally to men and women based on the time from the starting gun (not by net time). Masters division (40 and older) runners will be eligible for both overall prize money awards and Masters Division prize money awards.

PLACEOPENMASTERSPUSH-RIM WHEELCHAIR
1st $10,000 $300 $500
2nd $5,000 $200 $300
3rd $3,000 $100 $200
4th $1,500
5th $1,000
6th $750
7th $500
8th $400
9th $300
10th $200

BONUS STRUCTURE FOR 2017

Bonuses for event record times established at B.A.A. Distance Medley events will be $5,000 for the B.A.A. 5K, $7,500 for the B.A.A. 10K, and $10,000 for the B.A.A. Half Marathon. Boston Marathon event record bonuses continue to be provided through John Hancock’s sponsorship of the Boston Marathon. In addition, a runner who wins three of those four events in 2017 will be awarded $50,000. Only the single highest bonus will be awarded to a runner.

BONUS INCENTIVES FOR TOP OVERALL FINISHES IN 2017 B.A.A. EVENTS*

  • Win three of the four events $50,000
  • Win two of the four events $20,000
  • Place among the top two in three of the four events $10,000
  • Place among the top three in three of the four events $5,000

* Includes the Boston Marathon

EVENT RECORD BONUSES

B.A.A. 5KB.A.A. 10KB.A.A. HALF MARATHONBOSTON MARATHON
$5,000 $7,500 $10,000 $25,000

 

ABOUT BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL

Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) is a 793-bed nonprofit teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a founding member of Partners HealthCare. BWH has more than 4.2 million annual patient visits and nearly 46,000 inpatient stays, is the largest birthing center in Massachusetts and employs nearly 16,000 people. The Brigham’s medical preeminence dates back to 1832, and today that rich history in clinical care is coupled with its national leadership in patient care, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives, and its dedication to researchinnovationcommunity engagement and educating and training the next generation of health care professionals. Through investigation and discovery conducted at its Brigham Research Institute (BRI), BWH is an international leader in basic, clinical and translational research on human diseases, more than 3,000 researchers, including physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by nearly $666 million in funding. For the last 25 years, BWH ranked second in research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) among independent hospitals. BWH is also home to major landmark epidemiologic population studies, including the Nurses' and Physicians' Health Studies and the Women's Health Initiative as well as the TIMI Study Group, one of the premier cardiovascular clinical trials groups. For more information, resources and to follow us on social media, please visit BWH’s online newsroom.

B.A.A. Moment

Boston Marathon and B.A.A. 10K Champions Lead Elite Field at 2017 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital

The 2017 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, will feature one of the strongest fields in race history, bringing together Boston Marathon champions, Olympians, and global medalists on the roads of Boston. The seventh annual race will be held on Sunday, June 25, starting and finishing on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common. Racing on one of the fastest courses in the world, the event will showcase Boston’s Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods.

Photo Credit: