Boston Marathon Champions to Race B.A.A. 10K

2016 Boston Marathon Champions to Return for B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, on June 26


Baysa and Hayle to test themselves at shorter distance on city streets. .


BOSTON – Three weeks after winning the Boston
Marathon, the B.A.A. announced that both open division champions Atsede
Baysa and Lemi Berhanu Hayle will return to the streets of Boston on
June 26 to run the sixth annual B.A.A. 10K, presented
by Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Baysa and Hayle, both of Ethiopia,
joined the illustrious honor roll of Boston victors when they triumphed
on Patriots’ Day (Monday, April 18) in the 120th edition of the world’s
oldest and most prestigious annual marathon.


“The B.A.A. 10K has quickly become a race that
many of our marathoners want to run after recovering from their effort
in April,” said Tom Grilk, B.A.A. Executive Director. “Beginning with
our inaugural B.A.A. 10K in 2011, we have brought
back recent Boston Marathon champions each year to join us in
celebrating the start of summer in Boston by running in this fun,
community event which has produced extraordinary performances.  We look
forward to welcoming back Atsede and Lemi to Boston.”


Baysa, 29, came from far behind the leaders late
in the Boston Marathon to win, pulling away to finish in a time of
2:29:19.  She became the fourth female Boston champion to hail from
Ethiopia. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of
women’s participation in Boston, Baysa gifted her first-place trophy to
race pioneer Bobbi Gibb, who was the first female finisher of the
Boston Marathon in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Gibb never received a trophy for
winning the Boston Marathon, and Baysa was moved
to perform the gesture after learning of Gibb’s importance to women’s
marathon history. Baysa is a known singer and recording artist in her
home country, and Gibb is an artist herself.


At only 21-years-old, Hayle won the men’s race
in his first Boston Marathon appearance with a time of 2:12:45, beating
countryman and two-time champion Lelisa Desisa by 47 seconds. Hayle is
the youngest Boston Marathon champion since 1951,
and is the fifth men’s Boston Marathon champion to hail from Ethiopia.
He led his country to a 1-2-3 sweep this year.


Registration for the B.A.A. 10K is open at
, but the field size is limited. The race starts and
finishes on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Boston Public
Garden. The 6.2-mile course travels toward Boston University before
passing through Kenmore Square and down Commonwealth
Avenue. In only its sixth year, the B.A.A. 10K has become known
internationally as one of the world’s fastest 10-kilometer courses.




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




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
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