Marine Corps Marathon 2014 Results: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2014

First place female finisher Meghan Curran, left, from Moorestown, N.J., and first place male finisher Samuel Kosgei, from Junction City, Kan., wearing their laurel wreaths and holding their trophies, which depict the Iwo Jima Memorial, pose for photo after the running of the 39th Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 in Arlington, Va. The race includes runners from 59 nations and each branch of the U.S. armed forces.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Alex Brandon/Associated Press

The Marine Corps Marathon is one of the biggest races in the world and one of the most unique events in the sport of running, and the 2014 edition of the event lived up to the lofty expectations. 

Dubbed "The People's Marathon," 30,000 runners made their way through the 26.2-mile course from Arlington, Virginia to Washington, DC. The Marine Corps Marathon is also the third-biggest race in the United States.

On the men’s side, Samuel Kosgei took home the victory with a time of two hours, 22 minutes and 11 seconds. Meghan Curran was victorious on the women’s side, finishing with a time of 2:51:46.

Here are the top finishers from the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon and a breakdown of the event.

 

2014 Marine Corp Marathon Top Finishers
FinishMen's Top Finishers Time Women's Top Finishers Time
1 Samuel Kosgei2:22:11Meghan Curran2:51:46
2 Laban Sialo 2:23:47Lindsay Wilkins 2:52:19
3 Justin Turner2:25:04Gina Slaby 2:52:31
4 Michael Wardian2:25:41Kara Waters2:52:32
5 Graham Tribble2:25:51Erin Taylor 2:52:53
6 Jacob Chamer 2:30:39Kathryn Neeper2:56:54
7 Christopher Pruitt 2:31:07Stephanie Fulmer2:59:13
8 David Kiplagat2:32:10Kristina Brendzel2:59:19
9 Andrew Catalano2:32:15Cheryl Collins-Gatons2:59:49
10 Timothy Richard2:33:52Kelly Swain3:00:54
Source: MarineMarathon.com

*Results via MarineMarathon.com.

 

Alex Brandon/Associated Press

Breaking Down the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon

One of the biggest keys to a successful run is ideal weather conditions. Mother Nature smiled on the Marine Corps Marathon this year, and the athletes were treated to sunny conditions and cool temperatures.

The weather helped make the beautiful backdrop of our nation’s capitol.

Sunday’s biggest winner was men’s champion Samuel Kosgei. The 30-year-old runner from Junction City, Kansas, finished 1:35.80 ahead of second-place finisher Laban Sialo. While Kosgei was the best of the 2014 competitors, he was still over seven minutes off the record time set by American Jeff Scuffins in 1987 (2:14:01).

Justin Turner rounded out the top three with a time of 2:25:04, and Michael Wardian finished fourth with a time of 2:25:41. Graham Tribble finished fifth (2:25:51).

On the women’s side, the battle for first place was much more intense. While Meghan Curran of Moorestown, New Jersey, was able to pull out the victory with a time of 2:51:46, she finished only 33 seconds ahead of second-place runner Lindsay Wilkins.

Gina Slaby (third) and Kara Waters (fourth) finished just over one second apart, and Erin Taylor rounded out the top five. As well as Curran ran on Sunday, she was well off the women’s course record of 2:37:00 set by Olga Markova in 1990.

While neither the men nor the women were able to set a course record, the event should be considered a major success. With favorable weather, thousands of volunteers and supporters cheering the runners on and an incredible backdrop to the competition, the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon lived up to the hype.

 

*Stats and information via MarineMarathon.com.