Last year, Huddle held off Ethiopians Sentayehu Ejigu and Mamitu Daska to break the American 5k record with a blistering 14:50 on the roads. She’ll attempt to win her third-consecutive title and face another former champion and current training partner Kim Smith, who is coming off a 15:32 at the Stanford Invitational. NCAA indoor 5k record-holder Emily Sisson, who also trains in Providence with Huddle and Smith, will make her 2016 season debut in Boston.
Hear Molly Huddle's reaction to breaking the American record in 2015
True, a three-time B.A.A. 5k Champion in 2011, 2012 and 2015 set the American record of 13:22 last spring, holding off Stephen Sambu over the final 150m. He’ll face 2013 and 2014 winner Dejen Gebremeskel and an avenge-seeking Sambu. Gebremeskel, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 5k, won the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in 2015.
Hear what Ben True had to say about breaking the American record in 2015
Last year’s mile winner Dawit Seyaum returns after setting the event record of 4:35 in 2015. Seyaum is fresh off a silver medal in the 1500m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, though U.S. road mile queen Heather Kampf could put up a fight. In the men’s mile, Boston resident and 3:52 miler Chris O’Hare looks to be the favorite.
The B.A.A. 5k will begin at 8am ET on Saturday, with the men’s and women’s invitational mile following at 11:20am ET.
B.A.A. 5k - MenDejen Gebremeskel
B.A.A. 5k - WomenMolly Huddle
B.A.A. Invitational Mile - MenChris O’Hare
B.A.A. Invitational Mile - WomenDawit Seyaum