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Talent Laden Field to Compete for $30K at BAA Half

 Leading runners in the 10th
anniversary of the popular 13.1-mile race.

 

Boston, Mass. ‰ÛÒ The Boston
Athletic Association today announced its field of elite athletes for the
10th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon on
Sunday, October 10, 2010. The men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs list, as of today, is attached
to this release.

 

The men‰Ûªs professional field is highlighted by
20-year-old Kenyan Alan Kiprono and 25-year-old Julius Kogo, also from
Kenya, both of whom are riding a wave
of road racing success into Sunday. Kogo‰Ûªs personal best of 1:02:09 is 11
seconds ahead of Thomas Nyariki‰Ûªs 2007 course record (1:02:20), while Kiprono‰Ûªs
fastest is 1:02:38. The women‰Ûªs professional field is highlighted by Caroline
Rotich of Kenya. Her personal best of 1:10:23
is 34 seconds ahead of the 2003 course record (1:10:57) set by Marie Davenport
of Ireland. Locally, David Bedoya of the Greater Boston Track Club and who
resides in Somerville, Mass. and Lara Johnson of the B.A.A. and who currently
resides in Natick, Mass. may be the top finishers from the Boston area and both
project to be among the top American finishers. Top finishers in the open,
masters and push-rim wheelchair divisions will vie for a total prize purse of
$30,000.

 

In the Wheelchair Division, five-time champion and
course record-holder Tony Nogueira returns to compete for his sixth win at the
B.A.A. Half Marathon, and fourth consecutive
title. On the women‰Ûªs side, 2007 Champion Jackie Kapinowski of Point Pleasant, New Jersey
returns to vie for her second win in Boston.

 

‰ÛÏThe B.A.A. Half Marathon has matured into one of the most
highly-anticipated road running events of the season on an annual basis,‰Û said
B.A.A. Executive Director Guy Morse. ‰ÛÏProfessional and recreational athletes
alike ‰ÛÒ all 6,000 entrants ‰ÛÒ will enjoy a course runners have come to know as
one of the most scenic in town. Combined with the fall foliage starting to set
in, it will be a great day for running.‰Û

 

The B.A.A. Half Marathon starts and finishes at White
Stadium in Boston‰Ûªs Franklin
Park, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on 10-10-10. Among New England‰Ûªs most
popular road races, the B.A.A. Half Marathon,
presented by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund since 2003,
includes long portions along the Emerald Necklace park system and a running tour
of the Franklin Park Zoo.

 

  

10th B.A.A. Half Marathon® Top
Runners (as of 10/4/10)

Race Day is this Sunday, October 10,
2010

 

MEN‰ÛªS
OPEN

Bib # 
   Name                           
Citizenship                   
Personal Best

1         
Alan Kiprono                 
Kenya                          
1:02:38 (Berlin, 2010)

2         
Julius Kogo                  
Kenya                          
1:02:09 (Parkersburg, 2010)

3         
Linus Maiyo                  
Kenya                          
1:02:40 (Philadelphia, 2005)

4         
Lani Rutto        
           
Kenya                          
debut

5         
John Korir                     
Kenya                          
1:00:47 (Milan, 2004)

6         
Elkanah Kibet   
           
Kenya                          
debut

7         
Tyler McCandless         
Boulder, CO                 
1:05:02 (San Francisco, 2010)

8         
Colin Leak                    
Chadds Ford, PA          
debut

9         
Chris Erichsen              
St. Paul, MN                
1:06:52 (Houston, 2009)

10        
Matt Thull                     
Milwaukee, MA             
1:07:34 (Boston, 2009)

5813     David Bedoya               
Somerville, MA 

 

 

WOMEN‰ÛªS
OPEN

Bib # 
   Name                           
Citizenship                   
Personal Best

F2       
Caroline Rotich             
Kenya                          
1:10:23 (Columbus, 2009)

F3        Janet
Cherobon             
Kenya                          
1:10:59 (Indianapolis, 2010)

F4        Jane
Kibii                     
Kenya                          
1:12:26 (Carlsbad, 2009)

F5       
Sallie Ford                    
Lynchburg, VA              
debut   

F15       Lara
Johnson                
Natick,
MA       

 

 

MEN‰ÛªS
WHEELCHAIR

Bib#      Name                           
Citizenship

31        
Gary Brendel                
Sterling,
MA

32        
Patrick Doak                
Carlisle, MA

33         Tony
Nogueira              
Point Pleasant,
NJ

34        
Mike Psaledas               Manchester,
NH

1016     Timothy Kelly                  Weymouth,
MA

 

 

WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR

Bib#      Name                          
Citizenship

F26       Jacqui
Kapinowski        
Point Pleasant,
NJ

F27       Carla
Trodella               
Newburyport, MA

 

 

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association
is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and
promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A.’s
Boston Marathon
is the world’s oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local
events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running
programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been
John Hancock Financial.

 

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