The Army finished strong in the 2014 Marine Corp Marathon that took place Sunday October 26, capturing the top spots in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
Army Spec. Samuel Kosgei took first place after completing the marathon in just two hours 22 minutes and 12 seconds. Sunday’s race was only Kogei’s third marathon ever. Kosgei was followed by fellow Army runner Army Spec. Laban Sialo in second place, and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Turner in third place.
Army Captain Meghan Curran took first place in the women’s division, finishing in two hours 51 minutes and 47 seconds. Curran ran in college for West Point, but this was her first time ever running 26.2 miles. Lindsay Wilkins finished behind Curran in two hours 52 minutes and 20 seconds, and was also the only civilian to win a medal. Third place went to Marine Corp Marathon veteran Navy Lt. Gina Slaby, who finished in two hours 52 minutes and 32 seconds.
Curran had not originally planned on participating in the race, but when a couple of the Army women’s team members suffered injuries just two weeks before the marathon, Curran offered to step in. Her longest training runs were 20 miles, so when she reached the 21-mile mark, there was no telling how the rest of the race would go. With the support of the crowd, she managed to push through the rest of the way to earn her first place finish.
More than 3,700 active duty men and women participated in the race that drew in 30,000 registrants.
The Marine Corp Marathon was not the only big race to wrap up the fall marathon season. The New York City Marathon that took place this past weekend set the record for the largest marathon in history. Other major U.S. marathons were the Cape Cod Marathon and Niagara Falls Marathon.
There are over 2,000 half marathons and over 700 marathons in the U.S. and Canada every year, with 114 marathons taking place in October of this year alone.