Strong Winds Don’t Stop Athlete Performances at the 2022 BAA 5K

By Clay Shaw

Boston, MA, April 16, 2022—In its 9th year, the BAA 5K has grown into a major race itself, with runners from around the globe and all 50 states. The race starts and finishes on Charles Street in Boston Common.  The long straightaway on Boylston goes past the marathon finish line and under the big photo bridge.

The pro wheelchairs started first, with Marcel Hug of Switzerland getting the win in 10:05.  Daniel Romanchuk of USA (Maryland & Illinois) was second in 10:08.  Johnboy Smith of Great Britain was third in 10:46.

Jenna Fesemyer of Champaign, IL won in 12:34.  Shelly Woods of Great Britain was second in 12:45.  Vanessa de Souza of Brazil was third in 12:55.

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City, Canada was in the lead much of the footrace, and had enough speed to hold off the kickers at the end, with a 13:35.  Geordie Beamish of New Zealand was second in 13:36.  Zouhair Talbi of Morocco was third in 13:36.  Willy Fink of Blacksburg, VA was fourth in 13:37.  Mason Ferlic of Boston was fifth in 13:39.  Ferlic would later take fifth in the BAA Invitational Mile.

Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia blitzed the BAA 5K course in 14:49, setting a new course record, despite strong winds on Boylston under the skyscrapers.  Teferi owns the women-only 5k record of 14:29, set in Herzogenaurach, Germany in September 2021.  Weini Kelati of Flagstaff, AZ was second in 15:04.  Sharon Lokedi of Kenya was third in 15:16.  Elly Henes of Flagstaff, AZ was fourth in 15:22.  Emily Durgin of Flagstaff, AZ was fifth in 15:23.  USA Women’s Marathon record holder, Keira D’Amato of Midlothian, VA was sixth in 15:25.

Top Women

  1. 14:49 Senbere Teferi, 26, Ethiopia
  2. 15:04 Weini Kelati, 25, Flagstaff, AZ
  3. 15:16 Sharon Lokedi, 28, Kenya
  4. 15:22 Elly Henes, 23, Flagstaff, AZ
  5. 15:23 Emily Durgin, 27, Flagstaff, AZ
  6. 15:25 Keira D’Amato, 37, Midlothian, VA
  7. 15:38 Kim Conley, 36, Flagstaff, AZ
  8. 15:39 Susanna Sullivan, 31, Reston, VA
  9. 15:45 Abbey Wheeler, 23, Boston, MA
  10. 15:47 Katie Izzo, 25, San Diego, CA
  11. 15:49 Emma Hurley, 24, Brookhaven, GA
  12. 15:57 Annie Frisbie, 25, Hopkins, MN
  13. 16:05 Anna Dibaba, 22, Ethiopia
  14. 16:08 Samantha George, 27, Boone, NC
  15. 16:15 Tori Gerlach, 27, Niwot, CT

Top Men

  1. 13:35 Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, 31, Quebec City, Canada
  2. 13:36 Geordie Beamish, 25, New Zealand
  3. 13:36 Zouhair Talbi, 27, Morocco
  4. 13:37 Willy Fink, 28, Blacksburg, VA
  5. 13:39 Mason Ferlic, 28, Boston, MA
  6. 13:42 David Bett, 29, Kenya
  7. 13:45 Sam Chelanga, 37, Tucson, AZ
  8. 13:52 Aaron Templeton, 26, Boulder, CO
  9. 13:56 Edward Cheserek, 28, Kenya
  10. 13:59 John Reniewicki, 26, Boulder, CO
  11. 14:02 Eric Avila, 32, Bonita, CA
  12. 14:04 Brandon Doughty, 28, Flagstaff, AZ
  13. 14:04 Tai Dinger, 26, Cambridge, MA
  14. 14:07 Aaron Dinzeo, 30, Providence, RI
  15. 14:12 Tim McGowan, 26, Brighton, MA
BAA 5K pro men start
BAA 5K Pro-Women Start. The eight thousand or so are ready to go soon.
BAA 5K large pro men lead pack. A sub-14 was needed for a top ten finish. Race winner Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Canada is at left.
Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia takes the lead early in the BAA 5K.
Keira D’Amato of Midlothian, VA ran a strong 5K in 15:25. D’Amato set a new USA women’s marathon mark in Houston in January.
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City, Canada charges down Boylston Street with David Bett of Kenya. Charles would win in 13:35. Bett was sixth in 13:42.
Kim Conley of Flagstaff, AZ and Susanna Sullivan of Reston, who just raced each other at the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, meet again. Conley was seventh in 15:38, Sullivan was eighth in 15:38. Abbey Wheeler and Katie Izzo would take the final two spots in the BAA 5K top ten.
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City, Canada digs in for the win at the BAA 5K, in 13:35. Geordie Beamish of New Zealand outduels Zouhair Talbi of Morocco as they take the two remaining podium spots.
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City celebrates his 13:35 win. Geordie Beamish of New Zealand was second and Zouhair Talbi of Morocco was third, both in 13:36. Willy Fink of Blacksburg, VA was fourth in 13:37.
Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia wins the BAA 5K in 14:49.
Jenna Fesemyer of Champaign, IL wins the BAA 5K in 12:34.
BAA 5K wheelchair podiums with Daniel Romanchuk of USA second in 10:08, Marcel Hug of Switzerland first in 10:05, and Johnboy Smith of Great Britain third in 10:46 and enjoying the day.
Abby Dean of Wilmington, DE sets new age (50-54) group state records nearly every time she races. She ran 18:38 and was third master.
Sarah Pinkowski runs 22:37. She is the daughter of Carey Pinkowski, race director of Chicago Marathon.
Anabelle Broadbent of Perkasie, PA. Always good to see Anabelle’s smile.
The BAA 5K had a windy spot on Boylston. I’m sure the Irish are used to such weather.
BAA 5K 2022 champions Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia (14:49) and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City, Canada (13:35).
Senbere Teferi of Ethiopia won the BAA 5K in 14:49 and Weini Kelati of Flagstaff, AZ was second in 15:04. (Photo by Karen Mitchell)


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  1. great photos

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