Saucony’s Ben True, Defending Champion And Three-Time Race Winner, Is Runner-Up
LEXINGTON, MA (April 16, 2016) - Women’s defending champion and American 5K record holder Molly Huddle won her third consecutive Boston Athletic Association 5K on Saturday morning, kicking off Boston Marathon weekend with 10,000 other runners against a strong, chilly headwind. The Providence, Rhode Island-based Huddle, who holds the women’s American 5K record and B.A.A. 5K event record of 14:50, crossed the finish line in a time of 15:14.
Molly Huddle and Ben True at the BAA 5K
Men’s defending champion and American 5K record holder Ben True, also a three-time winner of the event, was runner-up to Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 5,000 meters. True, of Hanover, New Hampshire, finished a close second in 13:41, two seconds off Gebremeskel’s winning time of 13:39. Both Huddle (AR-14:50) and True (AR-13:22) set the American 5K records at the 2015 running of the B.A.A. 5K.
"No American woman has been close to Molly on the roads in years," said Mark Bossardet, vice president of sports marketing for Saucony. "In 2015 she just dominated, winning five U.S. road racing titles to go along with her 10,000-meter national title on the track. This is Molly’s second big win of 2016, following her victory at the New York City Half Marathon last month where she ran a personal best of 1:07:41, an American record for a women-only race. The way she and Ben handled today’s world class field tells us they are both on track for great performances at the Olympic Trials in July. The whole Saucony family is incredibly proud of both of them; we wish Molly and Ben a tremendous outdoor season."
Huddle, the reigning USA 5,000m champion, and True are veterans on the roads of Boston, having now won a total of six B.A.A. 5K races since 2011. Huddle has now placed first three years in a row, while True broke the tape out front of the men’s race in 2011, 2012, and 2015.
The B.A.A. 5K, the first event of the 2016 B.A.A. Distance Medley, started and finished on Charles Street adjacent to the Boston Common and the Boston Public Garden, and passed the Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street approximately 2.4 miles into the race.
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