Top Finishers and 10 Fast Facts on
the 2010 B.A.A Half Marathon®
MenÛªs Open Division
WomenÛªs Open Division
Lynchburg, VA 1:21:30
MenÛªs Masters Division
41 Kenya 1:11:08
Waban, MA 1:14:30
WomenÛªs Masters Division
Tina Dowling 44
Bolton, MA 1:27:20
MenÛªs Wheelchair Division
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FACTS ON THE 2010 B.A.A. HALF MARATHON
1.) Total number of finishers over 10 years
(2001-2010) is 35,060.
2.) B.A.A. MenÛªs and WomenÛªs Open teams won the 2010
Team Competition for the 10th consecutive year.
B.A.A. MenÛªs Team
TIME ÛÒ 1:12:11
TIME ÛÒ 1:24:18
3.) More than 500 Dana-Farber runners combined to
raise an estimated $250,000. Since 2003, Dana-Farber runners have raised nearly
4.) The top current event times ever recorded at the
B.A.A. Half Marathon:
1.) Thomas Nyariki
2.) Martin Fagan
3.) John Korir
4.) Samuel Ndereba
5.) Alan Kiprono
1.) Caroline Rotich
2.) Marie Davenport
3.) Belainish Zemedkun Gebre
4.) Lioudmila Kortchaguina
5.) Jelliah Tingea
5.) Top American WomenÛªs finisher Elle Pishny
(6th overall in a time 1:18:42) is an MBA student at Harvard Business
School, having recently relocated to Boston after graduating from Duke
University, where she was a top runner for the Blue Devils.
6.) Top American Male finisher, Colin Leak, made his
half marathon debut in this yearÛªs event; finishing 6th overall in a
time of 1:05:25. Leak, a recent standout harrier at William and Mary College,
is now the assistant menÛªs cross country and track coach at the University of Michigan.
7.) WomenÛªs overall winner, Caroline Rotich, used her
victory at this yearÛªs event as preparation for next monthÛªs New York City
8.) B.A.A.Ûªs Wayne Levy, who won the inaugural B.A.A.
Half Marathon in 2001 and who won the 2005
MasterÛªs division is one of 43 runners who have run all 10 races. His time was
1:14:30 and he placed 19th overall; winning the menÛªs 45-49 division.
9.) Janet Cherobon, runner up in the womenÛªs field,
now lives in Atlanta and is originally from
Kenya. She recently took her U.S.
Citizenship test, and is expected to be sworn in as a US Citizen the
10.) With John Korir and Alan KipronoÛªs time of
1:02:21 four runners have run within one second of Thomas NyarikiÛªs event record
time of 1:02:20 since he set it in 2007.
ONE EVENT RECORD, AND ONE RACE TO THE FINISH
10-10-10, Perfect Scores for the 10th Annual B.A.A. Half
Boston, MASS ÛÒ A new course, yet a familiar backdrop, greeted a record field
of runners at the 10th Annual B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. This yearÛªs event, which started in
Franklin Park, and wound its way through the City of Boston and the town of
BrooklineÛªs Emerald Necklace park system was the showcase for 4,550 athletes
under near perfect running conditions. Two Kenyan runners, John Korir (1:02:21)
and Caroline Rotich (1:10:52) emerged as the victors, yet both winning under
very different circumstances.
In the menÛªs race, Korir, one of the most successful road racers over the
past decade, needed a last minute kick to pull away from the charging Alan
Kiprono (KEN); both running within a second of Thomas NyarikiÛªs 2007 event
record (1:02:20). Even though this yearÛªs race featured a new course, it is the
second year in a row that the menÛªs winning time narrowly missed the event
record. Martin Fagan of Ireland won last yearÛªs race in a mirror time of
From the gun, the front running style of the Kenyan runners took over, with a
lead pack including Korir, Kiprono, Julius Kogo (KEN), Linus Maiyo (KEN) and
Elkanah Kibet (KEN). Following close behind, the chase pack included top
American entrants Colin Leak, Chris Erichsen and Tyler McCandless. The local
Boston representative, David Bedoya, seemed content in ninth. The pack reached
the first mile in 4:47, but the African contingency looked to take over for good
By two miles (9:30) the pack had indeed broken up and the Kenyans had taken
over sole duty of leadership. Running shoulder-to-shoulder Korir, Kiprono, Kogo
and Maiyo ÛÏlooked dominatingÛ, according to menÛªs lead vehicle lookout, Peter
Brown. After hitting three miles (14:11), the foursome dwindled to a
threesome; having slowly created a gap on Kiprono.
But Kiprono wasnÛªt quite finished. He pushed the group to a 4:30 fourth mile,
and once again took his place amongst his fellow compatriots. The
five-mile split was hit in 23:24 (a 4:41 mile), and the sixth mile in 28:08
(4:44 mile). By the seventh mile split (32:55 ÛÒ 4:47 mile), it was now KogoÛªs
turn to feel the wrath of his countrymenÛªs aggressive pace, and soon it was once
again back down to a pack of three runners; Korir, Kiprono and Maiyo.
Once the leaders hit the eight mile mark in 37:36 (4:40 mile), is was clear
that Kogo was going to be unable to catch back up to the other runners, as he
fell to a 12 second deficit. But Kogo was soon joined by Maiyo, who also fell
victim to the fast pace. With another fast mile time of 4:41 (42:17 overall), it
was now down to a two-man show, with Korir and Kiprono seemingly battling to the
Miles 10 and 11 were reached in 47:06 (4:49) and 51:56 (4:50). And even
though the pace slowed a bit, the hilly terrain presented to the runners still
meant that the two top men in the
lead were going to maintain their advantage. Korir and Kiprono were not just
racing, but almost ÛÏjockeying back and forthÛ, according to Brown.
Rising up the final hill together, Korir and Kiprono were clearly going to
make this into a final kick for the victory. Mile 12 was reached in 56:54
(4:58), and the two leaders were now beginning to knock on the door of the event
record by Nyariki. Korir and Kiprono entered the zoo section of Franklin Park,
while the finish line crowd was building in anticipation of a true race till the
The two runners stepped onto the White Stadium track neck-and-neck with 120
meters to decide the champion. With less than 50 meters to go, it was the
veteran Korir who showed the most desire; out-sprinting Kiprono, who was given
the exact same time of 1:02:21.
The top American spot was taken by Colin Leak (6th overall) in a time of
1:05:25. And the top local runner was Timothy Richie (10th overall) in a time of
The Master’s Division was won for the second straight year by Joseph Koech (KEN) in 1:11:08.
The womenÛªs race saw a much different approach to victory, as Caroline Rotich
established her dominance before the sound of the starterÛªs gun had stopped
ringing in the ears of the competitors. Rotich seemed to almost sprint from the
very first meter; daring all that wished to challenge her.
ÛÏShe (Rotich) had told me the night before the race that she wanted to run 70
minutes, but I just wasnÛªt ready to run that fastÛ, said runner-up finisher
Janet Cherobon (KEN). ÛÏWhen we got to the first mile, and I saw 5:20 on the
clock, I knew that Rotich was goneÛ.
Cherobon, who lives and trains in Atlanta, took her United States citizenship
test last week, and is expected to be sworn in as a US citizen within the coming
By miles two (10:52 ÛÒ 5:32), three (16:19 ÛÒ 5:27), and four (21:32 ÛÒ 5:13),
Rotich had increased her advantage from 20 and 30 yards to almost then 40 yards.
Only Cherobon and Jane Kibii (KEN) were even able to see Rotich by this point.
And even that was temporary. By miles five (26:58 ÛÒ 5:26) and six (32:18 ÛÒ
5:20), the chase pack of two runners were becoming more and more of a speck in
RotichÛªs rearview mirror.
Mile seven was reached in 37:50 (5:32 mile), and at this point Cherobon was
the only one holding onto a glimmer of hope to challenge Rotich. But with the
finish line fast approaching and a 36-second lead, Rotich was clearly on her way
to establishing one of the top results in B.A.A. Half Marathon history.
Miles eight and nine were reached in 43:09 (5:19) and 48:44 (5:35)
respectively. And by mile 10, it actually looked as though Rotich was beginning
to fall victim to her own amazing pace, as Cherobon became a more visible
presence behind her. Seemingly being paced by a male runner, Rotich was still
holding on through the remaining hills and into the zoo area.
By mile 13, CherobonÛªs efforts to catch up to Rotich had fallen short, as
Rotich entered White stadium all alone in her field. She cruised to an event
record time (2003 record by Marie Davenport ÛÒ 1:10:57), with Cherobon finishing
in 2nd with a time of 1:11:50. Jane Kibii was 3rd overall in a time of
1:16:02. The top American female was Elle Pishny (4th overall) in a time of
1:18:42. Living in Boston, Pishny was also the top local female athlete. Kara
Hass, who turned 40 today, finished sixth overall and won the Master’s
Division in a time of 1:21:44.
The professional fields of athletes competed for a combined prize purse of
$30,000, with Rotich and Korir each taking home $5,000.
In the wheelchair division, 51-year-old Gary Brendel from Sterling
Massachusetts won his first B.A.A. Half Marathon, using the early downhills to
build an early lead, and finishing at 1:01:01. On the Women’s side, 47-year-old
Jacqui Kapinowski won for the second time in four years, finishing in
1:31:07. In 2007, the
Point Pleasant, New Jersey resident won in 1:22:17. ÛÓMarc Davis