Despite heavy rains throughout the race, 6,000 runners finished the B.A.A. 10K in Boston on Sunday. Among them, the elites, Kenyans Daniel Salel and Mary Wacera were able to claim victories in 28:09 and 32:07 respectively.
For the men’s race, Salel started out in a large pack of contenders that included two-time defending champion Stephen Sambu, 2011 Boston Marathon winner and two-time B.A.A. 10K winner Geoffrey Mutai, fellow Kenyans Leonard Korir and Philip Langat, and Germany’s Arne Gabius. The pack stuck together until the 3-mile mark and turnaround point at Boston University. Eventually Salel and Sambu separated out from the pack and in the final straightaway, Salel made a decisive move to take the lead.
From the onset, the women’s race saw Wacera in the lead pack with 2011 Boston Marathon champion Caroline Kilel, Edna Kiplagat, and Burundi’s Diane Nukuri. Wacera overtook Kiplagat in the final mile to win by 8 seconds and became the first Kenyan woman since Kilel in 2011 to claim the B.A.A. 10K trophy. Nukuri finished third in 32:23, followed by Kilel who finished in 32:49.