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Olympians Cragg, Flanagan Join BAA 10K Field

American Olympic Marathoners Shalane Flanagan, Amy Cragg to run

B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital
 
(Photo of Cragg, Flanagan at LA Trials by MickFoto/NERunner)
 

Leading to the Olympic Marathon in Rio de Janeiro, Flanagan and Cragg will return to the streets of Boston for the fast, flat race on June 26

BOSTON ‰ÛÓ The Boston Athletic Association announced today that Olympic Marathoners Shalane Flanagan and Amy Cragg will return to Boston to compete in the sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, on Sunday, June 26. Flanagan and Cragg will race the B.A.A. 10K as part of their preparation for the Olympic Marathon in Rio de Janeiro, where they will comprise two of the three members of the American team.
 
“We are extremely pleased and honored that Shalane and Amy have decided to race in Boston as part of their preparation for the Olympic Marathon,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “Shalane and Amy are two fan favorites in our sport, and they will have the city’s support behind them as they race along the fast course through Boston.”
 
Flanagan, a four-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist on the track, has run the Boston Marathon three times. A native of Marblehead, Mass., Flanagan finished fourth in 2013 (2:27:08), sixth in 2014 (2:22:02), and ninth in 2015 (2:27:47). Flanagan’s 2:22:02 time from 2014 ranks as the fastest Boston Marathon ever by an American woman.
 

Cragg also participated in the 2015 Boston Marathon, though was unable to finish. Earlier this year she won the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles, finishing in 2:28:20 to qualify for her second Olympic team. In 2012, Cragg represented Team USA at the London Olympics, finishing 11th in the 10,000m.

“It’s not often that [Olympic] marathoners get the opportunity to race, but the scheduling of the B.A.A. 10K is perfect for their Rio preparation,” said Jerry Schumacher, who coaches both Flanagan and Cragg in Portland, Ore.
 
Flanagan and Cragg lead the American charge in Boston for the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Fellow American Olympians Dathan Ritzenhein and Abdi Abdirahman also will be competing.
 
The 2016 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 international stars on the roads of Boston. Reigning Boston Marathon champion Atsede Baysa, Boston Marathon course record holder Geoffrey Mutai, and B.A.A. 10K defending champions Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera all will return aiming for the top spot of the podium at the B.A.A. 10K. The elite field can be found below.
 

The B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, begins on Sunday, June 26, 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. Registration for the B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, remains open. For more information on the B.A.A. 10K, please visit www.baa.org.

ELITE ATHLETE FIELD (as of June 20, 2016)

MEN
ATHLETE AGE COUNTRY 10K PERSONAL BEST (LOCATION, YEAR SET)
Geoffrey Mutai
34
KEN
27:19 (B.A.A. 10K, 2011)

 
Daniel Salel

25
KEN
27:41 (B.A.A. 10K, 2014)

 
Dathan Ritzenhein

33
USA/MI
28:08 (New York City, 2007)

 
Abdi Abdirahman

39
USA/AZ
28:11 (Atlanta, 2007)

 
Philip Langat

26
KEN
27:28 (Utrecht, 2011)

 
Silus Kipruto

31
KEN
27:28 (Marseille, 2008)

 
Daniel Chebii

31
KEN
27:35 (Prague, 2013)

 
Gabriel Geay

20
TAN
28:48 (Paderborn, 2016)

 
Eliud Ngetich

23
KEN
28:50 (Mobile, 2016)

 
Kevin Kochei

26
KEN
28:52 (New York City, 2014)

 
Brian Harvey

29
USA/MA
29:51 (Cape Elizabeth, 2014)

 
Eric Ashe

27
USA/MA
30:12 (Cape Elizabeth, 2014)

 
Henry Lelei

27
KEN/TX
Debut

 
WOMEN

ATHLETE AGE COUNTRY 10K PERSONAL BEST (LOCATION, YEAR SET)

 
Shalane Flanagan

34
USA/OR
31:03 (Tilburg, 2015)

 
Amy Cragg

32
USA/OR
32:16 (Atlanta, 2014)
Atsede Baysa
29

 ETH

33:14 (Bangalore, 2009)

 
Mary Wacera

27
KEN
31:28 (Montereau, 2012)

 
Lineth Chepkurui

28
KEN
30:45 (New Orleans, 2010)

 
Edna Kiplagat

36
KEN
31:18 (Atlanta, 2010)

 
Kim Smith

34
NZL/RI
31:23 (Atlanta, 2010)

 
Sentayehu Ejigu

30
ETH
31:33 (Boston, 2013)

 
Azmera Gebru

24
ETH
31:50 (Boston, 2014)

 
Buze Diriba

22
ETH
31:57 (New Orleans, 2016)

 
Aselefech Mergia

31
ETH
32:00 (Bangalore, 2010)

 
Buzunesh Deba

28
ETH/NY
32:10 (Atlanta, 2010)

 
Jen Rhines

41
USA/MA
32:16 (Boston, 2010)

 
Nancy Nzisa

20
KEN
33:18 (Prague, 2014)

 
Elvin Kibet

26
KEN/OR
33:38 (B.A.A. 10K, 2015)

 
Heather Cappello

36
USA/MA
33:32 (B.A.A. 10K, 2011)

 
Katie DiCamillo

29
USA/RI
33:30 (Northport, 2012)

 
Marci Klimek

28
USA/MA
33:27.69 track 10,000m (Portland, 2013)

 
Katrina Spratford

26
USA/RI
Debut

 
ABOUT THE BOSTON ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (B.A.A.)

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of 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. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. More than 60,000 runners will participate in B.A.A. events in 2016. The 121st Boston Marathon will be held on Monday, April 17, 2017. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.
MEDIA For further information, please contact media@baa.org.
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, nearly 46,000 inpatient stays 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 research, innovation, community 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 1,000 physician-investigators and renowned biomedical scientists and faculty supported by nearly $600 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 continually pushes the boundaries of medicine, including building on its legacy in transplantation by performing a partial face transplant in 2009 and the nation’ first full face transplant in 2011. 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.
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