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.
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Here are the top finishers from the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon and a breakdown of the event.
|2014 Marine Corp Marathon Top Finishers|
|Finish||Men's Top Finishers||Time||Women's Top Finishers||Time|
|1||Samuel Kosgei||2:22:11||Meghan Curran||2:51:46|
|2||Laban Sialo||2:23:47||Lindsay Wilkins||2:52:19|
|3||Justin Turner||2:25:04||Gina Slaby||2:52:31|
|4||Michael Wardian||2:25:41||Kara Waters||2:52:32|
|5||Graham Tribble||2:25:51||Erin Taylor||2:52:53|
|6||Jacob Chamer||2:30:39||Kathryn Neeper||2:56:54|
|7||Christopher Pruitt||2:31:07||Stephanie Fulmer||2:59:13|
|8||David Kiplagat||2:32:10||Kristina Brendzel||2:59:19|
|9||Andrew Catalano||2:32:15||Cheryl Collins-Gatons||2:59:49|
|10||Timothy Richard||2:33:52||Kelly Swain||3:00:54|
*Results via MarineMarathon.com.
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.