SAUCONY ATHLETES TRUE AND
HUDDLE SET AMERICAN 5K RECORDS
AT B.A.A. 5K
Saucony Athletes Ben True and Molly Huddle Seek and Set New American Records
LEXINGTON, MA (April 18, 2015) - You can’t find your strong if you’re not looking for it, and on Saturday Saucony athletes Ben True and Molly Huddle stared down the clock and an elite field of Olympians and returning champions to “find their strong” with new American records at the 2015 Boston Athletic Association 5K. With 10,000 runners representing a multitude of states and foreign countries, it was True and Huddle who joyfully embraced the home team advantage, kicking off marathon weekend with the locals landing the victories.
True, of Hanover, NH was first across the finish line, clocking a national record time of 13:22 to win his third B.A.A. 5K title. With Saturday’s win, True, 29, became the first athlete in race history to claim three B.A.A. 5K titles. Defending women’s champion and Olympian Molly Huddle, 30, of Providence, RI, broke the tape and the American record in 14:50, just four seconds shy of the world record of 14:46. This was Huddle’s second consecutive B.A.A. 5K win and her second big win of 2015, following her victory at the New York City Half Marathon last month in a personal best of 1:08:31.
True’s 13:22 broke Marc Davis‘ 13:24 American record from 1996 and Huddle’s 14:50 bettered Deena Kastor‘s 14:54 American record from 2002. Huddle, a 2012 Olympian, now holds the American records at both 5000m on the track (14:44.76) and 5K on the road (14:50).
“What an incredible way to kick off marathon weekend with sprint-to-the-finish victories by local athletes representing a locally-based running company,” said Mark Bossardet, vice president of sports marketing for Saucony. “The whole Saucony family was there, running the race in celebration of the big weekend. When the elites went through the Mass Ave. underpass for the second time, we were running on the other side of the road in the opposite direction. You can imagine how excited and inspired we were to see Ben and Molly hammering the pace, then to learn that both had not only won, but set American records! We are incredibly proud of them and the whole Saucony team feels an enormous sense of joy and pride in their absolutely amazing accomplishments.”
Additional Athlete Information:
Ben True earned his third straight USA Track and Field 15K Championship title in winning the Gate River Run in March of this year. True, who competed for Dartmouth College, is now the fourth man to win three consecutive Gate River Runs. True was the top American at both the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, as well as the 2011 USATF Road Running Circuit Champion, winning the 5k and 10k Road Championships along the way.
Molly Huddle, the reigning USA 5,000m champion, won the 2015 NYC Half in a personal best of 1:08:31, equaling the course and event record and becoming the first American champion in the event’s 10-year history. Huddle, a Notre Dame graduate, also won the New York Mini 10K last June, setting the American all-women’s 10K record and becoming the race’s first American champion since 2004. The 2012 Olympian and 14-time national champion claimed the 2014 USA Running Circuit series title with victories at the USA 7-Mile Championships, USA 20K Championships, USA 5K Championships, and the US National 12K, the same race in which she ran an all-time world best for the distance in 2013.
About Saucony: Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including the “Geometry of Strong™, PWRGRID+™, ISOFIT™ and the Total Run System™ apparel line. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.