Defending female champions Buze Diriba (5K) and Nicole Sifuentes (Invitational Mile) both returned to win their respective races.

2018 B.A.A. 5K
Start of the 2018 B.A.A. 5K. Photo by PhotoRun.
2018 B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Nicole Sifuentes leads the way to the finish in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile. Photo by PhotoRun.
2018 B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Nicole Sifuentes breaks the tape in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile. Photo by PhotoRun.
2018 B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Drew Hunter races toward the finish in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile. Photo by PhotoRun
2018 B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Runners race past Boston’s Old South Church. Photo by PhotoRun.
2018 B.A.A. Invitational Mile
Runners race along the B.A.A. Invitational Mile course. Photo by PhotoRun.
2018 B.A.A. 5K
Hagos Gebrhiwet beats American Ben True to the tape in the B.A.A. 5K. Photo by PhotoRun.
2018 B.A.A. 5K
Hagos Gebrhiwet mid-race in the B.A.A. 5K. Photo by PhotoRun.
2018 B.A.A. 5K
Buze Diriba breaks the tape in the B.A.A. 5K. Photo by PhotoRun.

Browse photos from the 2018 B.A.A. 5K and the B.A.A. Invitational Mile in the gallery above. Both races took place on the morning of April 14, 2018. All photos by PhotoRun.

Boston Marathon weekend kicked off yesterday morning with a parade of runners stampeding through Boston’s Back Bay to the finish in the B.A.A. 5K and Invitational Mile. The 10th annual B.A.A. 5K saw defending champion Buze Diriba of Ethiopia retain her title, finishing with a time of 15:22, while Hagos Gebrhiwet of Ethiopia just barely snagged victory in 13:42 for the men’s field over American runners-up Ben True and Tommy Curtin.

Meanwhile, another defending champion crossed the finish line victorious in the B.A.A. Invitational Mile for the women’s field. Nicole Sifuentes of Canada, an Olympian who set the current course record of 4:33.7 when she ran the Invitational Mile for the first time last year, led the field this time from start to finish, breaking the tape with an official time of 4:37.2. In the men’s race, American Drew Hunter won by less than one second with an official time of 4:08.02.

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