Talent Laden Field for Boston 10K For Women This Saturday – Line-up, Past Champions, Prize Purse

Talented Field Heading to Saturday’s Boston 10K for Women, Presented by REI

Experienced champions and professional debutants to square off in downtown Boston

 

BOSTON – Conventures, Inc. today announced the field of elite athletes competing in the 2021 Boston 10K for Women, presented by REI which will be held on Saturday, October 16th at 8:00 a.m. The women will vie for $17,000 in prize money, and to secure a title on one of the most historic courses in women’s road racing. Formerly known as the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, the race is New England’s largest all-women’s sporting event, and is the second oldest all-women’s road race in the United States.

 

Aisling Cuffe, recent winner of the Freihofer’s Run for Women on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. is in the Boston 10K for Women field. Photo by Cindy Schultz for Freihofer’s Run for Women

Athletes representing five countries and various training groups across the US will descend on Boston Common for the event, with 2017 champion Lauren Paquette and 2017 runner-up Natosha Rogers returning to compete against rising stars like Weini Kelati, Sharon Lokedi, Fiona O’Keeffe, and more. The Elite Field is sponsored by Puma, who joins REI as a new race sponsor for the 2021 event. A full list of athletes is below, and biographical information on each athlete will be made available for attending media.

 

Bib Athlete (CTZ) Age Residence 10,000 meters/10K PR (Year) 
3 Weini Kelati (USA) 24 Flagstaff, Arizona 31:10 (Track, 2020)
4 Sharon Lokedi (KEN) 27 Flagstaff, Arizona 31:11 (Track, 2020)
5 Natosha Rogers (USA) 30 Littleton, Colorado 31:12 (Track, 2020) / 32:46 (Roads, 2017)
6 Mary Munanu (KEN) 26 Embu, Kenya 33:08 (Track, 2018) / 31:20 (Roads, 2017)
7 Iveen Chepkemoi (KEN) 24 Kericho, Kenya 31:57 (Track, 2019)
8 Lauren Paquette (USA) 35 Little Rock, Arkansas 32:01 (Track, 2020) / 32:52 (Roads, 2016)
9 Fiona O’Keeffe USA) 23 Davis, California 32:12 (Track, 2020)
10 Amy Davis (USA) 27 Madison, Wisconsin 32:13 (Track, 2020)
11 Taylor Werner (USA) 23 St. Genevieve, Montana 32:26 (Track, 2019)
12 Poppy Tank (GBR) 23 Devon, England 32:50 (Track, 2021)
13 Alycia Cridenbring (USA) 29 Pleasant Hill, California 33:12 (Track, 2015)
14 Kathryn Munks (USA) 23 Chester, New York 33:22 (Track, 2019)
15 Maor Tiyouri (ISR) 31 Kefar Sava, Israel 33:43 (Track, 2018) / 33:46 (Roads, 2021)
16 Aisling Cuffe (USA) 28 Concord, Massachusetts 34:00 (Roads, 2019)
17 Emeline Delanis (FRA) 24 Villeneuve St. George, France 34:11 (Roads, 2021)
18 Mimi Fallon (USA) 56 Walpole, Massachusetts 34:22 (Roads, 2004)
19 Nikki Long (USA) 30 Cary, North Carolina 38:16 (Roads, 2015)
20 Caity Ashley (USA) 26 Cary, North Carolina 38:31 (Roads, 2020)
21 Rita Beard ( USA) 31 Raleigh, North Carolina 38:37 (Roads, 2016)
22 Melissa Lodge (USA 25 Hopkinton, Massachusetts Debut

 

The race returns for its 45th running to Boston Common after being held virtually in 2020, and will be held on a Saturday for the first time in race history, after yielding its traditional race date for the running of the 125th Boston Marathon.

 

Media credentials:

Interested attending media must contact T.K. Skenderian at 617-204-4239 or tkskenderian@conventures.com to guarantee access. Media access at the start line, finish line, and on the lead press truck will be provided on a first-come, first served basis. A media tent will be located near the finish line and available for pre-race and post-race recording.

 

Schedule of events:

A partial schedule of weekend events is listed below.

2021 Boston 10K for Women Presented by REI

Boston Common

6:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.           Festival and Expo
7:50 a.m.                                 Wheelchair Start

8:00 a.m.                                 RACE START

9:30 a.m.                                 Inclusive Kids’ Races

10:00 a.m.                               Post-Race Celebration and Award Ceremony

Prize Money Structure:

The REI Boston 10K For Women is pleased to again provide a $20,150 prize purse for top finishers in the various event divisions. The prize structure for the 2021 event is as follows:

 

Open Division
1st                            $9,000
2nd                           $5,000
3rd                            $3,000

Master’s Division
1st                            $500
2nd                           $350
3rd                            $200

Wheelchair
1st                            $500
2nd                           $350
3rd                            $200

Handcycle
1st                            $500
2nd                           $350
3rd                            $200

 

Past Champions:

 

2019 Molly Huddle 31:50
2018 Emily Sisson 30:39^
2017 Lauren Paquette 33:30
2016 Emily Sisson 31:46
2015 Molly Huddle (CR, AR) 31:21*
2014 Jordan Hasay 31:39
2013 Sentayehu Ejigu (CR) 31:33
2012 Helen Jemutai 32:30
2011 Janet Cherobon-Bawcom 32:47
2010 Molly Huddle 32:00
2009 Molly Huddle 32:07
2008 Molly Huddle 32:51
2007 Deena Kastor 32:38
2006 Katie McGregor 32:38
2005 Katie McGregor 32:36
2004 Marie Davenport 32:48
2003 Elva Dryer 32:34
2002 Marla Runyan 31:46
2001 Colleen DeReuck 32:10
2000 Catherine Ndereba 32:46
1999 Libbie Hickman 32:48
1998 Libbie Hickman 31:57
1997 Gladys Ondeyo 32:46
1996 Gladys Ondeyo 32:47
1995 Colette Murphy 31:39
1994 Elana Meyer 31:39
1993 Lynn Jennings 32:02
1992 Lynn Jennings 32:22
1991 Lynn Jennings 32:12
1990 Lynn Jennings 32:39
1989 Lynn Jennings 31:57
1988 Anne Hannam (Course Record) 31:38
1987 Nancy Tinari 32:22
1986 Ingrid Kristiansen 31:40
1985 Joan Benoit Samuelson 31:49
1984 Joan Benoit 31:51
1983 Joan Benoit 31:39
1982 Anne Audaine (AR) 31:42
1981 Jan Merrill (AR) 32:02
1980 Patti Lyons (Catalano) (AR) 32:24
1979 Margaret Groos (AR) 32:47
1978 Joan Benoit (American Record) 33:16
1977 Lynn Jennings 34:31

* Molly Huddle’s 2015 performance remains the current US 10K road record in an all-women’s competition

^ Due to an off-course public safety response during the race, the 2018 race course was shortened by approximately 300 meters.

 

About the Boston 10K for Women, Presented by REI:

Established in 1977 as the Bonne Bell Mini Marathon, the REI Boston 10K for Women is the longest-running all-women’s sporting event in New England. With thousands of runners and spectators each year, it’s New England’s largest all-women’s road race, and has been organized every year by Conventures, Inc. Known for many years as the Tufts Health Plan 10K for Women, the race features a flat out-and-back course through Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood and stretches of Memorial Drive in Cambridge, finishing at Boston Common. More than 175,000 women have raced in the event since its inception. For more information on the race please visit www.boston10kforwomen.com.

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