As 2018 comes to a close, we take a look back on the year that was in running. Despite 2018 being a “down year” in the sport, with no major championships or games, there were countless stellar and noteworthy performances in the running community. Below are out top 10. 


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Top 10 running performances of 2018

Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon world record

Everything about this performance was mind boggling. 

Abraham Kiptum breaks half-marathon world record at Valencia

Abraham Kiptum shaved five seconds off Zersenay Tadese’s previous world record, and 51 seconds off his own personal best with a 58:18 finish.

Katelyn Tuohy’s entire season 

Katelyn Tuohy finished another undefeated cross-country season, becoming only the second girl ever to win two Nike Cross National titles.

The half-marathon triple stroller record 

Cynthia Arnold of Polson, Montana ran a blazing 1:29 while pushing three kids in a stroller. 

Camille Herron breaks 24-hour world record 

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These are the moments we live for! 🙌 It’s been a tough yr overcoming injury/health issues to get back running and racing. I thank all my sponsors for sticking with me through thick and thin. From @niketrail.running sending me two pairs of Vaporfly’s and a pair of Pegasus Turbos for the race and @corosglobal for speedy delivering me the new Apex watch, which had 32% battery life left after the race- everything was utilized and much appreciated! – It was an amazing and hard fought 24 hrs on the track at Desert Solstice w/ some super talented athletes. I went to the pain cave the final 5-6 hrs- thanks to a @tacobell run by my friend @gconnelie and @rogueales Dead Guy Ale for bringing me back from the dead! ☠️ We did it!!! ✨💃🔝 – ✅ 24 Hr World Best- 162.919 Miles at 8:50 per mi pace – 📷: @howiesternphoto – #WingsforDavid #NikeTrail #NikeRunning #Vaporfly #JustDoIt #AirCamille #Transcend #DesertSolstice #Ultrarunning #24hours @niketrail.running @nikerunning @nathansportsinc @rapidreboot @sword @clifbar @team_hotshot @squirrels_nut_butter @halo @florahealthy @corosglobal @rollrecovery @hyperwear @cainlk @functionphysicaltherapy @mmastalir @aravaiparunning @haypollack @jamilcoury

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Camille Herron won the 100-mile challenge outright while breaking both the 24-hour world record and the USATF 100-mile world record on the track. 

Yuki winning Boston 

Yuki Kawauchi
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The runner known for serial marathoning overtook reigning champ Geoffrey Kirui in final minutes of the 2018 Boston Marathon.

Mo Farah wins Bank of America Chicago Marathon in European record

Mo Farah
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Mo Farah, in only his third career marathon, won Chicago and became the European record holder in both the marathon and the 1,500m.

Sarah Sellers second at Boston  

Sellers was almost completely unknown before the 2018 Boston Marathon, but wowed fans by finishing second in some of the race’s worst weather in history. 

Jim Walmsley at Western States

Western States Endurance Run winner and new course record-holder Jim Walmsley of Flagstaff, AZ maintained an insane average pace of 5:34 per kilometre at the Western States Endurance Run 100-mile.

Beatrice Chepkoech sets women’s steeplechase world record 

Chepkoech smashed the women’s steeplechase world record, running an 8:44 at the Monaco Diamond League this summer. 

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