2014 American Runners of the Year (Non-Ultra)

Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi

After winning Boston, Meb could have called it a year and rode off into the sunset. It was one of the biggest wins by an American in decades.

However, don’t forget, he also won U.S. Half Marathon Championships in January (1:01.23). Then, later in the year, he was very competitive at the NYC Marathon where he finished fourth, only one minute and a few seconds off the podium.

Meb is 39, yet he continues to show us that age is just a number. I hope he has a great 2015, and I look forward to him racing U.S. Olympic Trials in February 2016.

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Molly Huddle

Molly Huddle showed some impressive range in 2014. In March, she ran 1:09:04 at the NYC Half Marathon, which placed her third overall. In June, she ran 31:37 at the New York Mini 10k – this broke Mary Decker Slaney’s American (all women’s) 10k record that had stood for three decades. In early July, she ran a 4:26.84 mile. Apparently, it was just a warmup. One week later, she crushed the American record (her own record) at 5,000m. On the fast Monaco track, she ran 14:42.64.

Molly Huddle will be back at the NYC Half Marathon in 2015. After that? She is eyeing the 10,000m at World Championships. It will be an interesting year, as Molly decides whether to go for the 5,000m or 10,000m in Rio.

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5 Responses to 2014 American Runners of the Year (Non-Ultra)

  1. FLRunnerBoy says:

    Definitely can’t argue with you on those selections! And also being 39, Me holds a special place in my heart

  2. FLRunnerBoy says:

    *** Meb

  3. piratebobcat says:

    Dang, I had my fingers crossed…

  4. Dan Button says:

    It’s tough for me to pick between Jenny Simpson and Huddle for female runner, I’d probably go for a tie. Meb is a no brainer though, definitely runner of the year!

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