More Than 100 Professional Athletes to Race Boston 5K presented by Point32Health and B.A.A. Invitational Mile

March 18, 2024

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BOSTON /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Fast fields featuring Olympians, Paralympians, rising stars, and recent B.A.A. event winners will take center stage at the Boston 5K presented by Point32Health and B.A.A. Invitational Mile on Saturday, April 13. The deepest professional field in race history will include more than 100 accomplished athletes from 19 nations, set to square off for prize money and awards in the open, wheelchair, and Para Athletics Divisions.

“More than 40,000 athletes will take part in B.A.A. races across Boston Marathon weekend,” said Jack Fleming, President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.A.A. “Saturday’s Boston 5K and B.A.A. Invitational Mile fields feature some of the fastest American and international stars, many who are aiming to compete at the Olympics and Paralympics in Paris.”


A new champion will be crowned and the stage is set for another close race at the Boston 5K. Ben Flanagan (Canada), Edwin Kurgat (Kenya), and Alex Masai (Kenya) – all top-five finishers a year ago – will return. They were at the front of an exciting finish a year ago that saw the top 13 men come across the line within ten seconds of the winner.

Top Americans Cooper Teare, Zach Panning, and Drew Hunter look to be at the front of the field. Teare is the reigning U.S. club cross country national champion, while Panning led a majority of February’s USA Olympic Team Trials – Marathon and Hunter is a former national champion indoors at 2 miles. B.A.A. High Performance Team members Eric Hamer and Barry Keane will be racing their hometown event.

Also on the start line will be Ben Kigen, an Olympic steeplechase bronze medalist in 2021; Simon Koech, last year’s Diamond League winner in the steeplechase; and Merhawi Mebrahtu, the 5,000m World Junior Championships silver medalist. Ethiopians Getnet Wale and Addisu Yihune are the two fastest men in the field, having gone sub-13:00 on the track for 5,000 meters.

Leading the women’s field is USATF 5K National Champion and B.A.A. High Performance Team member Annie Rodenfels. Joining her are 2024 Team USA Olympic marathoner Dakotah Lindwurm, former American marathon record holder Keira D’Amato, perennial top-American Boston Marathoner Nell Rojas, as well as Team B.A.A. runners Abbey Wheeler, Bethany Hasz Jerde, and Megan Hasz Sailor.

Uganda’s Sarah Chelangat, the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile champion in 2023, and Mercy Chelangat, a former NCAA Cross Country and 10,000m winner, are both entered. Reigning B.A.A. Half Marathon champion Fotyen Tesfay of Ethiopia also comes back to Boston seeking another win.

In the wheelchair division, course record holder and six-time Boston Marathon champion Marcel Hug (Switzerland) will square off against Americans Daniel Romanchuk and Aaron Pike. Brazil’s Vanessa de Souza – the 2018 Boston 5K winner – is the women’s wheelchair division favorite. Perennial Para Athletics Division contenders El Amine Chentouf (T12, vision impairment), Brian Reynolds (T62, lower-limb impairment), and Marko Cheseto (T62, lower-limb impairment) will vie for prize money and podium placings. This will be the largest professional Para Athletics Division field in event history.

Nearly 10,000 participants will take part in the Boston 5K, serving as the first race of the 2024 B.A.A. Distance Medley series.


Krissy Gear earned a hard-fought B.A.A. Invitational Mile win last year and now comes in with the target on her back as defending champion. Four of the top five finishers from 2024 return, including Susan Ejore (Kenya), Jazz Shukla (Canada) and Taryn Rawlings (USA). Micaela Degenero, the 2022 NCAA Indoor Mile champion, and 4:23.94 Helen Schlachtenhaufen are entered as well.

Massachusetts high school standout Ellie Shea will take on the professionals. The Belmont High School student-athlete finished 10th at last year’s B.A.A. Invitational Mile.

Massachusetts native and 3:52.94 miler Johnny Gregorek leads the men’s field of competitors. Melkeneh Azize of Ethiopia, the world junior champion at 3000m in 2022, and Harvard’s Vivien Henz, a national champion in Luxembourg, will each make their B.A.A. road racing debuts.

In addition to the professionals, student-athletes from each of the eight cities and towns that make up the Boston Marathon route will compete in a Scholastic Mile and Middle School 1K.

Boston 5K presented by Point32Health Professional Fields

Men’s Professional Field Country 5,000m Track Personal Best
Getnet Wale ETH 12:53.28 (Hengelo, 2021)
Addisu Yihune ETH 12:58.99 (Hengelo, 2021)
Merhawi Mebrahtu ERI 13:04:49 (Hueleva) NU20NR
Cooper Teare USA 13:06.73 (Palo Alto, 2022)
Edwin Kurgat KEN 13:08.46 (Los Angeles, 2023)
Athanas Kioko KEN 13:09.37i (Boston, 2023)
Drew Hunter USA 13:17.55 (San Juan Capistrano, 2020)
Eduardo Herrera MEX 13:20.30 (Azusa, 2022)
Ben Flanagan CAN 13:20.67 (Attleboro, 2021)
Barry Keane IRL 13:21.57i (Boston, 2022)
Alex Masai KEN 13:24.68 (Eugene, 2021)
Sam Gilman USA 13:25.17 (Boston, 2021)
Matt Wilkinson USA 13:31.25 (Boston, 2023)
Eric Hamer USA 13:31.27 (Eugene, 2021)
Alec Basten USA 13:32.98i (Fayetteville, 2021)
Zach Panning USA 13:36.87i (Chicago, 2022)
Connor Black CAN 13:38,09 (Langley, 2022)
Derek Johnson USA 13:39.88 (Boston, 2023)
Titus Winders USA 13:43.00 (Azusa, 2023)
Reed Fischer USA 13:43.46 (Azusa, 2019)
Tim McGowan USA 13:46.49 (Seattle, 2019)
Joey Berriatua USA 13:49.16 (San Juan, Capistrano, 2020)
Paul Arredondo USA 13:50.84 (Charlotte, 2022)
Benjamin Kigen KEN 14:02.78A (Nairobi, 2022)
Eli Moskowitz USA 14:02.96 (Charlottesville, 2018)
Tebello Ramakongoana LSO 14:14.17 (Gaborone, 2022)
Dominic Bruce USA 14:16.74 (Champaign, 2023)
Josh Kalapos USA 14:33.88 (Lewisburg, 2019)
Simon Koech KEN N/A
Eric Linden USA N/A
Women’s Professional Field Country 5,000m Track Personal Best
Sarah Chelangat UGA 14:40.88 (Stockholm, 2023) NR
Vanessa Fraser USA 15:05.04 (Portland, 2022)
Kim Conley USA 15:05.20 (Hengelo, 2019)
Cintia Chepngeno KEN 15:07.75 (Nairobi, 2023)
Annie Rodenfels USA 15:08i (Boston, 2022)
Erika Kemp USA 15:10.10 (Boston, 2021)
Fotyen Tesfay ETH 15:12.06 (Heusden-Zolder, 2017)
Katrina Coogan USA 15:14.13 (Concord, 2019)
Mercy Chelangat KEN 15:17.28 (Walnut, 2022)
Dani Polerecky USA 15:17.62 (San Juan Capistrano, 2020)
Sammy McClintock USA 15:19.66 (Irvine, 2021)
Emmaculate Anyango Acholi KEN 15:22.80 (Nerja, 2023)
Emily Durgin USA 15:24.19 (Irvine, 2021)
Madie Boreman USA 15:24.89 (Stanford, 2023)
Lauren Gregory USA 15:25.17 (Walnut, 2022)
Bethany Hasz Jerde USA 15:30.57 (Eugene, 2021)
Abbey Wheeler USA 15:32.81 (Randall’s Island, 2022)
Esther Gitahi KEN 15:35.49i (Boston, 2022)
Nell Rojas USA 15:37.05 (Portland,2021)
Megan Hasz Sailor USA 15:39:03i (Boston, 2019)
Cleo Boyd CAN 15:57.37 (Toronto, 2021)
Katrina Spratford USA 16:02.34 (Philadelphia, 2019)
Keira D’Amato USA 16:09.86 (Sacramento, 2006)
Caroline Pomerleau CAN 16:42.89 (Trois-Rivieres, 2023)
Dakotah Lindwurm USA 16:43.86 (Des Moines, 2017)
Allie Hackett USA 16:49.73 (Boston, 2022)
Jessica West USA N/A
Men’s Wheelchair Field Country Classification
Marcel Hug SUI T54
Daniel Romanchuk USA T54
Aaron Pike USA T54
Jetze Plat NED T54
Hermin Garic USA T53
Sho Watanabe JPN T54
Brian Siemann USA T53
Johnboy Smith GBR T54
Fidel Aguilar MEX T54
Santiago Sanz ESP T52
Men’s Para Athletics Division Country Classification
El Amine Chentouf MOR T12
Andrew Thorsen USA T13
Brian Reynolds USA T62
Marko Cheseto USA T62
Adam Popp USA T63
Women’s Wheelchair Field Country Classification
Vanessa Cristina de Souza BRA T54
Patricia Eachus SUI T54
Christie Dawes AUS T54
Carmen Gimenez Abad ESP T54
Hannah Babalola NGR T54
Veronica Gonzalez MEX T54
Eden Rainbow-Cooper GBR T54
Women’s Para Athletics Division Country Classification
Livea Flor Pereira Rodrigues BRA T12

B.A.A. Invitational Mile Professional Fields

Men’s Professional Field Country Mile Track Personal Best
Melkeneh Azize ETH 3:33.74 1500m (Hengelo, 2021)
Johnny Gregorek USA 3:52.94 (Oslo, 2019)
Aidan Ryan USA 3:53.65 (Boston, 2023)
Rob Heppenstall CAN 3:55.15 (Raleigh, 2022)
Abe Alvarado USA 3:55.70 (Falmouth, 2023)
Kasey Knevelbaard USA 3:55.92i (Boston, 2023)
Ben Veatch USA 3:56.46i (NYC, 2024)
Henry McLuckie GBR 3:56.56 (Seattle, 2024)
Aaron Ahl CAN 3:57.21 (Eagle Rock, 2022)
Corey Bellemore CAN 3:57.42 (Cork, 2018)
Vivien Henz LUX 3:57.47i (Boston, 2023)
Casey Comber USA 3:58.44 (Wilmington, 2022)
AJ Ernst USA 4:00.36 (Providence, 2022)
Miles Smith USA 4:01.08 (Raleigh, 2023)
Women’s Professional Field Country Mile Track Personal Best
Helen Schlachtenhaufen USA 4:23.94 (NYC, 2023)
Taryn Rawlings USA 4:24.09 (Zagreb, 2022)
Krissy Gear USA 4:26.52 (Boston, 2023
Yolanda Ngarambe SWE 4:28.30 (Boston, 2019)
Susan Ejore KEN 4:32.33 (St. Louis, 2022)
Erin Teschuk CAN 4:32.35i (Fayetteville, 2015)
Tori Gerlach USA 4:32.51 (West Chester, 2018)
Micaela Degenero USA 4:33.92 (Birmingham, 2022)
Abbe Goldstein USA 4:34.15i (Seattle, 2023)
Ellie Leather GBR 4:35.62 (Birmingham, 2022)
Sadi Henderson USA 4:40.24 (Falmouth, 2022)
Ellie Shea USA 4:40.58 (Falmouth, 2022)
Alma Cortes MEX 4:41.10 (Tijuana, 2021)
Jazz Shukla CAN 4:10.32 1500m (Vancouver, 2023)
Lizzie Bird GBR 4:14.6 1500m (Stretford, 2020)


Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, 2024. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit www.baa.org.


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