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Marine Corps Marathon 2014

by Charlie Ban October 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm 0

Marine Corps Marathon winners make moves on the Mall

Marine Corps Marathon winner Samuel Kosgei nearing the 17 mile mark in second place. Photo: Charlie Ban

Marine Corps Marathon winner Samuel Kosgei nearing the 17 mile mark in second place. Photo: Charlie Ban

Amid the museums that line the National Mall, Spc. Samuel Kosgei and Capt. Meghan Curran carved out their place in history when they both took leads in the Marine Corps Marathon that they would hold to the finish. Along the way, they both led their respective U.S. Army teams to military marathon team championships. Read more

Volunteers make the day for Marine Corps Marathon runners

Jilanne Doom's expression is one of hope and joy as she approaches the turn to the five mile mark. The Washington, D.C. resident finished in 3:19:12. Photo: Charlie Ban

Jilanne Doom’s expression is one of hope and joy as she approaches the turn to the five mile mark. The Washington, D.C. resident finished in 3:19:12. Photo: Charlie Ban

While many loved the scenic course, crowd support, and near perfect weather, runners at Sunday’s Marine Corps Marathon universally raved about one thing: Marine volunteers who motivated them to cross the finish line. Read more

How’d They Do?

Kelly Swain, left, runs with teammate. Photo: Charlie Ban

Kelly Swain, left, runs with teammate Sarah McGonigle. Photo: Charlie Ban

Run Washington featured six marathoners before and race and caught up with them afterward to reflect on their race experiences. Read on to learn about these runners and how they did. Read more


The Least Interesting Thing About George Banker?

He’s Running his 100th Marathon

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Local running journalist, historian, competitor, race director and ambassador of the sport George Banker has been eyeing Marine Corps for his 100th marathon for some time. Read more

2013 Coverage

Shutdown Palace

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Runners run, elected officials legislate and besides the dozens of honorary congressional chairman for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile, never the twain shall meet.

Until October 2013. The first federal government shutdown in 17 years threw the running community into uncertainty as runners were ostensibly banned from National Parks Service property and race permits for that land disintegrated, putting the region’s marquee race in doubt. Read more

Men’s MCM winner holds lead for more than 25 miles

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Wire-to-wire.

It almost has no place in any talk about a marathon, maybe only in a tall tale. The race is too long, too grueling, too open to disruption.

But Girma Bedada did it at the Marine Corps Marathon, running 2:21:31. Read more

Calway notches MCM title, Olympic Trials qualifier

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With a strong lead in the Marine Corps Marathon, Army Capt. Kelly Calway had her opportunity–run harder now or spend seven months regretting it. With an impending deployment to Kuwait waiting for her a week later, the cool day in Washington was her chance to take care of qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Read more

Marine Corps midpackers find a lot to like

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Much like Girma Bedada and Kelly Calway‘s efforts, Mike Kunzer‘s race at the Marine Corps Marathon was the culmination of years of preparation and training.

But Kunzer wasn’t focused on winning the race. He was thrilled to have finished, and it showed on his ebullient face. Read more

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