Boston is getting ready to host yet another one of the world’s biggest and most competitive running events this Sunday, June 22: The 3rd annual Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) 10K.
The 6.2 mile race will bring in world-class athletes including the world’s fastest marathoner Geoffrey Mutai.
Mutai is the Usain Bolt of long distance running. In April 2011, he ran the world’s fastest marathon ever on the difficult Boston Marathon course in 2:03:02. That same year, Mutai won the inaugural B.A.A. 10K in 27:19. For those of you who don’t know 10K times, that translates to 4-minute 24-second mile splits, which is really, really fast.
Other big-name runners registered for the race include: Defending champion Stephen Sambu and Olympic silver medalist Dejen Gebremeskel in the mens’s race. Defending champion Mamitu Daska, 2011 Boston Marathon and B.A.A 10K champion Caroline Kilel and 2014 Boston Marathon runner-up Buzunesh Deba in the women’s race.
It will be a great day to bring the family, and cheer the runners on along the course. The race starts at Boston Common, goes down Commonwealth Ave. past Boston University, and then it turns around to end back at Boston Common. The race is set to start at 8:00 a.m. Don’t be late! With runners this fast, the race shouldn’t last long.
Following the 10K, the B.A.A. will host a series of kids’ fun races on Boston Common for children ages 4 to 11 years old. The free races include sprints, obstacle, and “distance’’ races (the longest is 400 meters.) Registration for the kids’ races will be available at the event beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday morning.