Nicole Sifuentes

Photo: Sinead Mulhern/Canadian Running magazine.

There are more than just world-class marathoners in Boston this weekend.

The Boston Athletic Association, the organization that famously puts on the Boston Marathon, hosted the B.A.A. 5K and Invitational Miles on Saturday. Two-time Olympian Nicole Sifuentes won the women’s mile, which started and finished at the iconic Boston Marathon finish line. She ran 4:33.7, according to preliminary results announced at the finish line, which betters the existing course record.

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The Winnipeg native, 30, bested a world-class field that included Cory McGee and Emily Lipari, who finished second and third respectively. Sifuentes, who now resides in Michigan, is the 2015 Pan Am Games silver medallist in the 1,500m and represented Canada at both the London and Rio Olympics in the metric mile equivalent, making the semifinals on both occasions. She has a lifetime best of 4:03.97 in the 1,500m.

The B.A.A. Invitational Mile, 1,609m in length, is three laps of a block around the Boston Marathon finish line. The event begins on iconic Boylston Street, turns left on Dartmouth Street followed by lefts on Newbury and Exeters Streets before ending at the marathon finish line. The Boston Marathon is Monday with the open races beginning at 9:32 a.m. EDT with the elite women’s field.

To put it into perspective, Sifuentes has a best of 4:27.93 for the mile (indoors) on the track, which is faster than running on the roads. She broke the course record by approximately five seconds (4:38.6). The mile is generally a lesser-run event than the 1,500m though road miles are still quite popular on the running circuit.

The B.A.A. 5K is open to runners of all abilities while the mile has a scholastic division; both have professional categories with some attractive prize money. (US$14,200 combined prize purse for the mile.)

Useful Canadian Running content for running the 2017 Boston Marathon

Complete 2017 Boston Marathon coverage
Course preview, race-specific tips and suggestions
Boston Marathon jackets through the years
A beginner’s guide to America’s greatest race
Pre-race workout with Rejean Chiasson
The excitement behind running Boston for the very first time
Eric Gillis out of the 2017 Boston Marathon
Pre-race interview with Rachel Hannah

How to follow Canadian Running at the 2017 Boston Marathon

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