Desisa has triumphant return to Beantown, establishing a course record of 1:00:34 for the half marathon, cruising to victory over Kenyans Daniel Salel and Stephen Sambu - BOSTON (Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014) - On a picture perfect day for racing, Ethiopians Mamitu Daska and Lelisa Desisa (right, image courtesy PhotoRun.net) were crowned champions at the 14th B.A.A. Half Marathon, presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. Daska established a new event record of 1 hour, 8 minutes, 20 seconds, while Desisa earned his second consecutive B.A.A. Half Marathon victory in 1:01:38, covering the rolling, spectacular course through Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system in style.
The B.A.A. Half Marathon is the third and final event of the 2014 B.A.A. Distance Medley, a three-race series which combines the B.A.A. 5K on April 19, the B.A.A. 10K on June 22, and today's B.A.A. Half Marathon. More than 2000 of the half marathon's entrants were participants in all three races in 2014.
Smiling from ear to ear, the 30-year-old Daska had a race to remember. Through the opening miles, Daska found herself among a lead pack of five that included Kenyans Betsy Saina and Cynthia Limo, as well as American Molly Huddle. Together, they passed five miles in 25:48.