Boston Marathon Champions & National Record Holders Headline Professional Field for 2022 B.A.A. 10K
The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) has announced a star-studded field for the 2022 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to be held on Sunday, June 26. Evans Chebet, the 2022 Boston Marathon men’s open division champion, will return to Boston, while recently crowned American half marathon record holder Emily Sisson will lead the women’s field on the roads of Back Bay. Four-time B.A.A. 5K champion and American 5K record holder Ben True will also make his B.A.A. 10K debut.
The B.A.A. 10K starts and finishes on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and Boston Public Garden, and is widely regarded as one of the fastest 10K races in the world. Registration remains open at www.baa.org, while athletes interested in supporting Brigham and Women's Hospital, the B.A.A. 10K’s presenting sponsor and exclusive fundraising partner, are encouraged to visit www.runbwh.org/10k.
“We’re excited to continue to showcase the world’s most accomplished runners at our B.A.A. events,” said Mary Kate Shea, the B.A.A.’s Director of Professional Athletes and Technical Support. “We’re looking forward to cheering on all participants as they race towards the finish.”
The B.A.A. 10K women’s race brings together Boston Marathon champions Des Linden (2018) and Edna Kiplagat (2017), American record holder Sisson, 2017 B.A.A. 10K winner Joan Chelimo Melly, 2022 Boston Marathon top American Nell Rojas, 2016 USA Olympian Marielle Hall, and USA 15K runner-up Emily Durgin.
Sisson, a Providence College graduate and 2021 Olympian, ran 1:07:11 on May 7 to win the USATF Half Marathon Championships in a new national record. She’s also the defending USA 15K champion.
“Breaking the American record in the half marathon was very exciting and I'm now looking forward to switching things up and racing different distances,” said Sisson. “The 10K is a fun and different challenge and I always love racing in Boston.”
Additional international entrants include Biruktayit Degefa of Ethiopia, who has won a quartet of American road races this spring, and Kenya’s Sharon Lokedi, who placed third at the 2022 B.A.A. 5K in April. From the B.A.A. High Performance team are Erika Kemp and Abbey Wheeler; Kemp is a two-time national champion.
In the men’s race, Chebet looks to become only the second Boston Marathon champion to win the B.A.A. 10K, joining the likes of 2011 winner and course record holder Geoffrey Mutai. Chebet stormed to his first Boston Marathon victory in 2:06:51 on April 18.
“After winning the 2022 Boston Marathon, I’m excited to return to the city to run the B.A.A. 10K with a world class field,” said Chebet. “Boston feels like a second home to me now.”
Challenging Chebet from Kenya are David Bett, the reigning 2019 B.A.A. 10K winner; Kennedy Kimutai, the fastest man in the field with a 27:09 lifetime best; Bravin Kiptoo, the 2019 African junior 10,000m champion; and Nicholas Kosimbei, winner of this year’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler in Washington, D.C. Brothers Jake and Zane Robertson, a dynamic pair from New Zealand who have lived and trained in Kenya, will also race. Recent Iowa State graduate and NCAA champion Wesley Kiptoo will make his Boston road racing debut.
Maine-native Ben True will return to familiar territory, having won the B.A.A. 5K four times, including a national-record setting run of 13:20 in 2017. Fellow American contenders include Olympians Leonard Korir and Shadrack Kipchirchir, Princeton, Mass.-native Colin Bennie, and a quartet of B.A.A. High Performance Team members in Jerrell Mock, Matt McDonald, Jonas Hampton, and Paul Hogan. Korir enters the B.A.A. 10K hot off a pair of national title wins at the USATF Half Marathon and USATF 25K Championships in May.
In the wheelchair division, Jenna Fesemyer, the 2022 B.A.A. 5K women’s winner, Susannah Scaroni, the 2022 Boston Marathon runner-up, and 2020 Paralympian Yen Hoang are entered. Scaroni earned a gold medal on the track at the 2021 Paralympic Games in the 5000m, and is the fastest women’s wheelchair marathoner in U.S. history. James Senbeta and Hermin Garic are the top men’s wheelchair entrants.
For the first time in race history, Para Athletics Divisions will be offered for athletes with upper-limb, lower-limb, and visual impairments. Among the entrants confirmed include Marko Cheseto Lemtukei, Chaz Davis, and Liz Willis, each of whom won Para Division titles at April’s 126th Boston Marathon. Jacky Hunt-Broersma, who ran 104 marathons in 104 consecutive days for a Guinness World Record, and local Para athlete Adrianne Haslet are also entered.
In addition to racing, top professional athletes will participate in the first-ever B.A.A. 10K Fest & Field Day on Saturday, June 25, one day prior to the race. From 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Boston Common, 10K Fest & Field Day will feature youth fitness activities, games, appearances by professional athletes, running clinics, and more. Participants will also be able to pick-up their participant shirts and bib numbers at 10K Fest. Additional details will be available on baa.org in the coming weeks.
Registration for the 2022 B.A.A. 10K, presented by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, is currently open through the B.A.A.’s online platform Athletes’ Village. All participants who enter will receive an adidas participant shirt, unique bib number, and finisher medal. Additional participant information can be found on baa.org. The race will start at 8:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, June 26 on Charles Street adjacent to Boston Common and Boston Public Garden.
Brigham and Women's Hospital, the B.A.A. 10K’s presenting sponsor and exclusive fundraising partner, will again field a team of fundraising runners. Since 2016, more than 2,100 runners and 180 teams have raised $1.2 million to fuel life-giving breakthroughs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Learn more and register at www.runbwh.org/10k.
On June 1, the B.A.A. will celebrate Global Running Day with a special pop-up location at the Boston Marathon Finish Line between 3:00-6:00 p.m. Runners can take a picture with the Boston Marathon trophy, receive giveaways, refreshments, and more! RSVP for the free event on our Facebook page, and log miles throughout the day as part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Global Running Day Challenge. Visit https://bstnmar.org/GRD22 to sign up for free, track your miles, and print a bib to wear as you join a global community of athletes around the world logging miles.
2022 B.A.A. 10K WOMEN’S FIELD (NAME, COUNTRY, ROAD 10K PB)
Joan Chelimo Melly, Romania, 30:14^
Edna Kiplagat, Kenya, 31:06*
Sharon Lokedi, Kenya, 31:06
Mary Munanu, Kenya, 31:20
Biruktayit Degefa, Ethiopia, 31:23
Emily Sisson, USA, 31:47
Emily Durgin, USA, 31:49
Diane Nukuri, USA, 31:49
Lanni Marchant, Canada, 31:49
Vibian Chepkirui, Kenya, 31:49
Nell Rojas, USA, 31:52
Erika Kemp, USA, 32:18
Laura Thweatt, USA, 32:20
Elaina Tabb, USA, 32:40
Rachel Schneider Smith, USA, 32:47
Abbey Wheeler, USA, DB (32:53.50 10,000m)
Grayson Murphy, USA, 32:55
Fiona O’Keeffe, USA, 32:57
Katie Kellner, USA, 33:05
Des Linden, USA, 33:06*
Taylor Werner, USA, 33:35
Marielle Hall, USA, 33:36 (31:05.71 10,000m)
Allie Hackett, USA, 35:17
Jesca Chelangat, Kenya, DB (15:16 5K)
Courtney Hawkins, USA, DB (37:59.99 10,000m)
^ = Previous B.A.A. 10K Champion
* = Previous Boston Marathon Champion
2022 B.A.A. 10K MEN’S FIELD (NAME, COUNTRY, ROAD 10K PB)
Kennedy Kimutai, Kenya, 27:09
Bravin Kiptoo, Kenya, 27:12
Philemon Kiplimo, Kenya, 27:23
Zane Robertson, New Zealand, 27:28
Jake Robertson, New Zealand, 27:28
Wesley Kiptoo, Kenya, N/A (27:37.29 10,000m)
Ben True, USA, 27:51
Nicholas Kosimbei, Kenya, 27:52
John Dressel, USA, N/A (27:57.51 10,000m)
David Bett, Kenya, 28:08^
Dominic Korir, Kenya, 28:08
Leonard Korir, USA, 28:09
Shadrack Kipchirchir, USA, 28:12
David Nilsson, Sweden, 28:13
Tsegay Tuemay, Eritrea, 28:13
Bethwell Yegon, Kenya, 28:24
Reuben Mosip, Kenya, 28:28
Paul Hogan, USA, N/A (28:49.55 10,000m)
Johannes Motschmann, Germany, 28:51
Alex Masai, Kenya, 28:53
Colin Bennie, USA, 28:55
Futsum Zienasellassie, USA, 29:03
Matt McClintock, USA, 29:02
Jacob Thomson, USA, 29:07
John Raneri, USA, 29:19
Evans Chebet, Kenya, 29:30*
Jerrell Mock, USA, 29:36
Aaron Dinzeo, USA, 29:37
Matt McDonald, USA, 29:38
Diego Estrada, USA, 29:41
Fabiano Sulle, Tanzania, 29:53
Jonas Hampton, USA, 30:15
Tim McGowan, USA, 30:17
Connor McMillan, USA, 30:20
Josh Kalapos, USA, N/A (14:33.88 5,000m)
^ = Previous B.A.A. 10K Champion
* = Previous Boston Marathon Champion
posted Wednesday June 1st