Smith, Mutai win B.A.A. 10K titles

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  June 24, 2012 01:33 PM

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New Zealand's Kim Smith and Kenyan Geoffrey Mutai won the women's and men's races respectively of the Boston Athletic Association's 10K race Sunday morning in Boston.

Smith, who now lives in Providence, set a new course record of 31:36, holding off Ethiopia’s Aheza Kiros and Sharon Cherop, the 2012 Boston Marathon champion.

“Being local, I think I knew a lot of people in the race,” Smith said. “I felt like everyone was kind of cheering for me.”

Smith's time was 22 seconds ahead of Caroline Kilel’s record of 31:58, set in the inaugural B.A.A. 10K race last year.

In the men's race, Mutai crossed the finish in 27:29, the fastest 10K run thus far in 2012. Mutai held off fellow Kenyan Philip Langat.

"I am happy again," said Mutai. "I don't know if you know all my happiness when I am in Boston. It is not like other races."

The 10K race serves as the second leg of the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley. There were 4,560 finishers in Sunday's race. The race began on Charles Street near the Boston Common, wound through Back Bay, Kenmore Square, and Boston University, and finished back at the starting line.

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