B.A.A. 10K Race Report
The B.A.A. 10K took place on Sunday, June 22nd at 8am at Boston Common. The 10K is the 2nd race in the B.A.A. Distance Medley after the 5K (held in the Spring during the Boston Marathon Weekend) and the B.A.A. Half Marathon (held in the Fall). This event was my first with the B.A.A.
Registration was $55 for this race and included a finisher’s medal, Adidas tech shirt and post-race food. There wasn’t a race expo for this race, but the B.A.A. did offer a 10K clinic on Friday night prior to the race on Sunday morning. The B.A.A. also mailed our the personalized bibs a few weeks prior to the event. The mailing included our bib, a race guide and 4 safety pins. Tech shirt pick up was provided on race day either pre or post race. There was also bag check and post-race refreshments. In addition to the 10K, the B.A.A. also offered FREE Kids Fun Races!
The race began and finished at Boston Common. Race start was 8 a.m. Since there was $48,000 in prize money, this event brought out elites of running and I was lucky enough to see them running back to the finish! Below are the men’s 5th through 1st place finishers:
- Stephen Sambu, Kenya, 27:25
- Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya, 27:35*
- Daniel Salel, Kenya, 27:41
- Leonard Korir, Kenya, 28:09
- Samuel Chelanga, Kenya, 28:11
*Geoffrey Mutai has run the fastest marathon at 2:03:02, 2011 Boston Marathon
Corral placement was by the honor system and I lined up behind the 10-minute per mile sign. My plan was to run the entire race and try to set a personal record (PR). We started running 15-minutes after the elites and we saw them returning to Boston Common as we approached mile 2.
The course was a relatively flat in and out. It was quite sunny, but since the race was short being exposed to the sun didn’t have much of an effect. Here is the official B.A.A. Race Course Description:
“The 6.2 mile course is a scenic tour through Boston’s Back Bay. Notable neighborhoods and attractions include the legendary Bull and Finch Pub, after which the television series “cheers” was developed, the campus of Boston University, and trendy Kenmore Square. The race begins on Charles Street, winds down picturesque Commonwealth Avenue and Bay State Road as far west as Babcock Street near Boston University, before heading back on Commonwealth Avenue, around the Public Garden and finishing on Charles Street.”
I ran well, but since I didn’t train not to take walk breaks I ended up having to walk at the water stops. Never-the-less, I ended up taking 1-minute off my time and set a new personal record of 1:01! At the finish line I ran right into Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the B.A.A.
Running the B.A.A. 10k just reaffirmed my decision to train hard to BQ this summer. With this race, I earned my first unicorn (mascot of the B.A.A.) and it left me wanting more! Since this was my first BA.A. event, I didn’t realize that the B.A.A. has not only the Marathon, but a 5K and Half Marathon in addition to the 10K. Participants who run the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon earn the bonus Distance Medley Medal! Sign me up for the Distance Medley in 2015 back – I’m chasing unicorns!