RI’s Molly Huddle Defends US 5K Title


More than 7,600 people from around the region and globe
turned out today to participate in the 24th annual CVS
Caremark Downtown 5K ‰ÛÓ bringing a mix of elite and other
competitive runners into Providence, along with
recreational runners, wheelchair competitors, walkers and
children. In addition to hosting the USA Men’s and USA
Women’s 5k National Championships, the
Caremark Downtown 5K offered races and inspirational events
for individuals of all ages and abilities, and raised funds
for charities throughout Southern New England.  

More than 4,600 people participated in the main 5K race
while nearly 1,600 children took part in the event’s youth
races, which included 21 different races for children ‰ÛÓ
pre-kindergarten through eighth grade ‰ÛÓ including a CVS
Caremark “All Kids Can” Inspirational race for children of
all abilities. The athletic activities offered through the
CVS Caremark Downtown 5K included a 3K High School
Inspirational event, sponsored by Tufts Health Plan, that
drew nearly 1,400 students from the region. 

Andy Bumbalough of Portland, Ore., became the men’s
overall and national 5k champion with a time of 13:45.9.
Bumbalough, who grew up in Nashville, Tenn., and graduated
from Georgetown University, was the second place winner of
last year’s CVS Caremark Downtown 5k. 
women’s overall and national 5k champion was Molly Huddle
of Providence, R.I., with a time of 15:29.6, defending her
title from last year’s race and making her a three-time
winner of the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K
. Huddle
is an Olympian (London Olympics) who grew up in Elmira, N.Y.
and graduated from Notre Dame University where she was a
record breaking nine-time American. 
The two
each won $8,000 in prize money, $5,000 for the USA Track
& Field Championship and $3,000 for winning the
CVS Caremark Downtown 5K Open Race.

Other top three 5K men’s runners include Aaron Braun, who
placed second with a time of 13:49.4, and Matt Tegenkamp
who placed third with a time of 13:49.9. Braun grew up in
Fort Collins, Colo., graduated from Adams State University
and trains in Denver, Colo. Tegenkamp is a two-time
Olympian (Beijing and London) who won the CVS Caremark
Downtown 5k in 2009 and placed second in 2008.

Other top three 5K women’s runners include Emily Infeld,
who placed second with a time of 15:30.8, and Alexi Pappas
who placed third with a time of 15:34.7. Infeld, who
fought a tough race against Huddle, lives and trains in
Portland, Ore., under Coach Jerry Schumaker who also
coaches the men’s winner Andy Bumbalough. Pappas, a
graduate of Dartmouth University who lives and trains in
Eugene, Ore., ran her first road race as a professional to
finish in a surprise third place.

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