In 2014, François won the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji (19:09:13), UTMB (20:11:44) and Le Grand de la Reunion (24:25:02). He was basically unbeatable at the one-hundred-mile distance. Based on those performances, François had no difficulty taking first in the Ultra-Trail World Tour.
In 2014, Núria won Transgrancanaria (16:44:55), Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji (23:27:34), The North Face 100 (Australia) (10:57:46), Ultra de la Cerdanya, Ultra Trail Catllaràs and Epic Trail Aigüestortes. She also placed second at UTMB (24:54:29). Núria also took first overall in the Ultra-Trail World Tour.
The stars aligned for Dennis Kimetto in Berlin. He had already run 2:04 (Berlin 2012) and 2:03 (Chicago 2013). However, his 2:02:57 in Berlin set a world record. Once again, the running world was talking about the possibility of a sub-two-hour marathon.
“The Chase Pack”
Rita Jeptoo dominated the marathon scene in 2014. However, her “B” sample has now also tested positive, and I’m certain she has a suspension coming her way.
Accordingly, my international road runner(s) of the year are “the chase pack.” These are all the women who were trying to catch Rita this year. Edna Kiplagat won the London Marathon but finished 13th in NYC. Tirfi Tsegaye won Tokyo and Berlin, but she failed to break 2:20 in either race. Florence Kiplagat was second in London and third in Chicago. Keep an eye on the women’s field in 2015. With an Olympics right around the corner, it should be a great year of racing!