Defending Champions, International Medalists Return for B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile

Defending Champions, International Medalists Return for B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile

Provided by BAA

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced an elite field of world class competitors for the 2016 B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile, to be held on Saturday, April 16, two days prior to the 2016 Boston Marathon®. Rhode Island’s Molly Huddle and New Hampshire’s Ben True will return to Boston aiming to defend their B.A.A. 5K titles, which they earned in national record time last year.

Following the B.A.A. 5K, Ethiopia’s Dawit Seyaum and Great Britain’s Chris O’Hare will lead world-class fields at the eighth annual B.A.A. Invitational Mile. The B.A.A. Invitational Mile will also include Middle School 1,000 meter races and Scholastic Mile races featuring youths from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course.  

A $39,900 (USD) prize purse will be distributed to the top finishers of the B.A.A. 5K, while a $14,500 (USD) prize purse will be available in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile.

Huddle and True are veterans on the roads of Boston, having won a total of five B.A.A. 5K races since 2011. Huddle has placed first two years in a row, while True broke the tape out front of the men’s race in 2011, 2012, and 2015. Last year, True won with an American record time of 13:22, while Huddle finished first in a national best 14:50. The pair will be up against a field of accomplished athletes this year, including Olympic and World Championships medalists.

Dejen Gebremeskel, the reigning B.A.A. Invitational Mile champion, will return to the B.A.A. 5K this year, a race which he won in both 2013 and 2014. Gebremeskel is the 2012 Olympic silver medalist for 5000m on the track. Kenyans Stephen Sambu and Philip Langat, as well as American Diego Estrada, also figure to be in the mix for the $7,500 top prize. 

Huddle will be joined on the starting line by a pair of B.A.A. 5K champions in Kim Smith (NZL) and Lineth Chepkurui (KEN). Smith, a two-time B.A.A. Distance Medley victor, is a training partner of Huddle’s in Providence, R.I. Ethiopia’s Buze Diriba, Burundi’s Diane Nukuri, and Americans Emily Sisson and Liz Costello will all be racing as well. Representing the B.A.A. High Performance team are Sarah Pagano, Emma Bates, Juliet Bottorff, and Elaina Balouris.

A field of 10,000 participants will take part in the B.A.A. 5K, the first event of the 2016 B.A.A. Distance Medley. The race starts and finishes on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, and passes the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street approximately 2.4 miles into the race.

European Championships bronze medalist Chris O’Hare will square off against six other sub-four minute milers in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile. Daniel Winn, a member of the B.A.A. High Performance team, will race on the roads of Boston for the first time, boasting a mile personal best of 3:57.36. B.A.A. Mayor’s Cup Cross Country winner Trevor Dunbar is set to race as well.

On the women’s side, defending champion Dawit Seyaum returns to Boston seeking to retain her title. In 2015, Seyaum set an event record of 4:35.4 to win her first B.A.A. Invitational Mile title. Earlier this year she claimed the silver medal at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon. Road mile ace Heather Kampf, B.A.A. High Performance team member Emily Lipari, and Dartmouth graduate Megan Krumpoch will also race the three-lap course before finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street.

A detailed start list and schedule of events for both the B.A.A. 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile can be found below. The men’s event record for the B.A.A. 5K stands at 13:22, set by Ben True in 2015. The women’s event record is 14:50, run by Molly Huddle a year ago. The men’s and women’s event records for the B.A.A. Invitational Mile are 4:03.3 (Nick Willis, 2013) and 4:35.4 (Dawit Seyaum, 2015). 
The B.A.A. Invitational Mile includes six races, held shortly after the 2016 B.A.A. 5K. The first two races feature middle school age students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course – Hopkinton, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, Brookline, and Boston. The girls’ and boys’ Middle School 1,000 meter races include runners between sixth and eighth grade and finish at the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street.   
Following the Middle School 1,000 meter races is the Scholastic Mile, which features girls’ and boys’ races for high school students from the eight cities and towns of the Boston Marathon course. The Scholastic Mile follows the same three-lap, USATF-certified course the professional mile athletes run, finishing at the Boston Marathon finish line.


8:00 a.m.B.A.A. 5K, Boston Common
10:30 a.m.Girls’ Middle School 1,000 meters, Copley Square
10:40 a.m.Boys’ Middle School 1,000 meters, Copley Square
10:55 a.m.Girls’ Scholastic Mile, Copley Square
11:05 a.m.Boys’ Scholastic Mile, Copley Square
11:20 a.m.Men’s Invitational Mile, Copley Square
11:30 a.m.Women’s Invitational Mile, Copley Square


NameAgeCitizenship/ResidenceRoad 5K PB/Location
Dejen Gebremeskel26ETH13:11/2012 Carlsbad, CA
Ben True30USA/NH13:22/2015 B.A.A. 5K
Stephen Sambu27KEN/AZ13:21/2015 Alton, IL
Philip Langat25KEN13:32/2015 B.A.A. 5K
Diego Estrada26USA/AZ13:38/2013 San Jose, CA
Tyler Pennel28USA/NC13:42/2014 B.A.A. 5K
Maverick Darling26USA/WI13:58/2014 Providence, RI
Erik Olson 24USA/CA13:58/2015 San Jose, CA
Joe Stilin26USA/NC13:59/2015 Armagh, IRL
Jeffrey Eggleston31USA/CO14:15/2011 Providence, RI
Lex Williams29USA/MI 14:11/2009 San Jose, CA
Kennedy Kithuka 26KEN14:16/2014 Baltimore, MD
John Crain30USA/NC13:39.83 (track)/2015 Portland, OR
Olle Wallerang31SWE13:34.74 (track)/2013 Ninove


NameAgeCitizenship/ResidenceRoad 5K PB/Location
Molly Huddle31USA/RI  14:50/2015 B.A.A. 5K
Kim Smith 34NZL/RI 14:48/2013 Westfield, MA
Buze Diriba22ETH15:00/2015 B.A.A. 5K
Caroline Chepkoech21KEN15:13/2016 Carlsbad, CA
Lineth Chepkurui28KEN15:23/2013 B.A.A. 5K
Diane Nukuri 31BDI15:41/2012 B.A.A. 5K
Emily Sisson24USA/RI 15:44/2014 Providence, RI
Monicah Ngige22KEN15:47/2015 B.A.A. 5K
Sarah Pagano 24USA/MA 15:54/2014 Syracuse, NY
Liz Costello28USA/MA 15:57/2014 Providence, RI
Rachel Hannah29CAN15:58/2014 Ottawa, CAN
Juliet Bottorff 25USA/MA 15:59/2015 Carlsbad, CA
Elvin Kibet26KEN16:04/2014 San Jose, CA
Elaina Balouris24USA/MA 16:07/2015 Providence, RI
Emma Bates23USA/MA 15:32.56 (track)/2015 Stanford, CA
Mary Wangui 16KEN15:58.05 (track)/2015 Nairobi, Kenya
Joanna Thompson23USA/NC16:03.13 (track)/2015 Geneva, OH


NameAgeCitizenship/Residence Road Mile PB/Track Mile PB 
Chris O'Hare25GBR/MA3:56/3:52.91
Duncan Phillips26USA/TX4:05/3:56.10
Julian Matthews27NZL4:04/3:56.91
Matt Hillenbrand23USA/WA4:07/3:57.00
Trevor Dunbar24USA/OR4:04/3:57.19
Daniel Winn24USA/MA 4:01/3:57.36
Frezer Legesse25USA/OK4:06/3:57.48
Kemoy Campbell25JAM4:00.98 (Track)


NameAgeCitizenship/Residence Road Mile PB/Track Mile PB
Dawit Seyaum19ETH4:35 (Road)
Heather Kampf 29USA/MN4:22/4:27.26
Brook Handler 23USA/MI4:28/4:36.87
Christy Cazzola30USA/GA4:30/4:36.99
Emily Lipari23USA/MA4:36/4:31.68
Becca Addison24USA/MI4:30.70 (Track)
Megan Krumpoch23USA/MA 4:38.51 (Track

B.A.A. 5K PRIZE STRUCTURE (Equal for both men and women)

PlaceOpen MastersPush-Rim Wheelchair
3$2,500 $100$100
GRAND TOTAL:  $39,900

B.A.A. INVITATIONAL MILE PRIZE STRUCTURE (Equal for both professional men and women) 

GRAND TOTAL:  $14,500