Major Road Race Through Boston Streets

Thousands of runners will take to streets of Boston Sunday morning for the Boston Athletic Association's second annual 10K race. The 6.2-mile race is the second leg of the BAA's Distance Medley, which started in April with a 5K and will conclude Oct. 7 with a half marathon.

A handful of world class runners will be competing in this 10K, including last year's winners, Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai and Caroline Kilel. Mutai ran the fastest-ever marathon when he won Boston in 2011. He dropped out of this year's race and was passed over for Kenya's Olympic team that will run in London this summer. Mutai will be challenged by another Kenyan, Levy Matebo, who finished second in the 2012 Boston Marathon, and Sam Chelanga, a 14-time NCAA All-American.

In the women's race, Kilel leads a field that will also include this year's Boston Marathon champion Sharon Cherop and New Zealand Olympian Kim Smith, a former star at Providence College.

The out and back course starts on Charles Street near Boston's Public Garden and continues on Commonwealth Avenue to a turnaround point on the Boston University campus.

The elite men's and women's field will be competing for nearly $30,000 in prize money.

This program aired on June 24, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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