Kim Smith and Allan Kiprono to Defend Titles in B.A.A. Distance Medley, which begins with B.A.A. 5K on April 14.

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Three-Race Series Awards $100,000 Prize for Fastest Cumulative Time. $25,000 Prize Purse at Stake in B.A.A. 5K.

BAA Press Release
April 3, 2013 

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced that an elite field of world class athletes will compete in the Fifth Annual B.A.A. 5K, the first race of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Kim Smith (NZL) and Allan Kiprono (KEN) will defend their titles in the B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which awards $100,000 to the male and female with the fastest cumulative time from all three races. Defending B.A.A. 5K women’s champion and course record holder Werknesh Kidane (ETH) will once again compete in this year’s B.A.A. 5K, which awards a combined prize purse of $25,000.

In the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley, Kiprono will face London Olympic Games silver medalist at 5000 meters Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH); three-time Olympian Alistair Cragg (IRL); 2012 B.A.A. Distance Medley runner-up Lani Rutto (KEN); Daniel Salel (KEN), who holds a personal best of 13:08.23 for 5000 meters; and six-time NCAA All-American Stephen Sambu (KEN).

A two-time Olympian, Smith will be challenged on the women’s side in the B.A.A. Distance Medley by Kidane, a three-time Olympian and IAAF World Championships silver medalist; 2011 B.A.A. 5K champion Lineth Chepkurui (KEN); 2008 Bolder Boulder 10K champion Millicent Kuria (KEN); and 2013 Crescent City Classic champion Alice Kimutai (KEN).

In the B.A.A. 5K, Glastonbury, Conn. native Donn Cabral, who placed eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the London Olympic Games, will look to be among the top finishers. Other top Americans in the field include 2012 Manchester Road Race champion Aaron Braun, as well as Andrew Carlson, Michael Crouch, and Cole Atkins. At 21 years old, Brett Robinson (AUS) is the youngest man among the elite field and holds a 5000 meter best of 13:37.75.

On the women’s side, Kidane and Smith placed first and third, respectively, last year and will meet again in this year’s B.A.A. 5K. They will face 2012 Manchester Road Race champion Delilah DiCrescenzo (USA), and fellow Americans Kellyn Johnson and Sarah Crouch. Also competing are Lara Tamsett (AUS), who holds a personal best for 5000 meters of 15:28.70, and 2:31 marathoner Heleen Plaatzer (NED).

“Held the day before the Boston Marathon each year, the B.A.A. 5K brings a surge of excitement and energy to the City of Boston, preparing competitors and spectators alike for the Boston Marathon,” said B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk. “It is an honor to welcome this outstanding field of competitors to Boston.”

The B.A.A. 5K is the first race of the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley. In the inaugural B.A.A. Distance Medley last year, 1492 runners registered for the three-race series and 931 completed it. This January, 2035 runners registered for the 2013 B.A.A. Distance Medley during an exclusive three-race registration window, which is now closed. The 2013 B.A.A. 5K field size limit of 6,500 has been reached and registration is now closed. Registration for the 2013 B.A.A. 10K begins on Wednesday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET and registration for the 2013 B.A.A. Half Marathon begins on Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

2013 B.A.A. 5K Men’s Field (as of April 3, 2013)

NAME                           COUNTRY                    AGE                 5K Road/Track BEST

Dejen Gebremeskel **    ETH                              23                     13:11 (12:46.81)

Alistair Cragg **             IRL                               32                     13:24 (13:03.53)

Daniel Salel **               USA                             22                     Debut (13:08.23)

Stephen Sambu **         KEN                             24                     13:28 (13:13.74)

Aaron Braun                  USA                             25                     13:46 (13:20.25)

Andrew Carlson             USA                             30                     13:57 (13:32.71)

Brett Robinson              AUS                             21                     14:04 (13:37.75)

Donn Cabral                  USA                             23                     Debut (13:40.62)

Michael Crouch             USA                             25                     13:56 (13:40.89)

Lani Rutto **                  KEN                             24                     13:46

Allan Kiprono **             KEN                             23                     13:48

Cole Atkins                   USA                             27                     14:11 (14:00.20)


2013 B.A.A. 5K Women’s Field (as of April 3, 2013)

NAME                           COUNTRY                    AGE                 5K Road/Track BEST

Werknesh Kidane **       ETH                              32                     15:12 (14:33.04)

Kim Smith **                 NZL                              31                     14:48 (14:39.89)

Lineth Chepkurui **        KEN                             25                     15:50 (15:15.15)

Lara Tamsett                 AUS                             24                     15:42 (15:28.70)

Kellyn Johnson             USA                             26                     16:01 (15:31.66)

Delilah DiCrescenzo      USA                             30                     Debut (15:40.00)

Millicent Kuria **            KEN                             27                     15:48

Sarah Crouch                USA                             23                     15:50 (15:56.50)

Heleen Plaatzer             NED                             33                     16:35

Alice Kimutai **             KEN                             20                     Debut

** B.A.A. Distance Medley participant

( ) Track Performance for 5000 meters

Prize Structure

PLACE             AMOUNT

1                      $4,000

2                      $2,000

3                      $1,500

4                      $1,000

5                      $750

6                      $600

7                      $500

8                      $400

9                      $300

10                     $200


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