2014 Elite Women’s Field Takes Shape

Moline, IL - Nine elite runners have committed to the 2014 Quad Cities Marathon women's fireld, presented by Triumph Community Bank. Six elites have committed to the full marathon, while three have committed to the Ruhl & Ruhl Half Marathon. The race is set for 7:30 am, Sun. Sept. 28, with a common start/finish at John Deere Commons.

The women’s marathon has a number of fresh faces in the 2014 field. Meseret Ali Basa (Ethiopia) has four solid finishes within the past year. Consistency has been key for Basa with all four efforts within 44 seconds of the others. She won the Donna Marathon in 2:41:25, placed third at the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2:40:41, and was 13th at Grandma’s Marathon in 2:41:05. Last fall Basa placed third at the Philadelphia Marathon in 2:40:50.

Aregash Gubae Abate (Ethiopia) has run well in 2014. She won this year’s Carlsbad Marathon (2:48:29), placed 6th at the Pittsburgh Marathon (2:47:16), placed 5th at the Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon (2:51:30), and placed 38th at Grandma’s Marathon (2:51:36). In 2013, she had a pair of fourth place finishes at Philadelphia (2:42:40) and at Hartford (2:44:49).

Ruth Kimutai (Kenya) ran three solid marathons in 2013. Her results included: 1st at Tijuana Marathon (2:49:00), 2nd at Mazatlan Marathon (2:44:00), and 2nd at Queretaro Marathon.

Rael Murey (Kenya) rounds out the top international runners. Murey returns to the QCM, she placed 3rd in 2010 with a 2:56:54 finish.

Lauren Versweyveld (Fort Worth, TX) is making her marathon debut at the 2014 QCM, she won last year’s Ruhl & Ruhl Half at the QCM in 1:20:45. She has recently run four half marathons under 1:20, including a PR of 1:19:29 at the 2013 Madison Mini Half Marathon (2nd) and a 1:19:43 to win the 2013 Madison Marathon - Half.

Laurie Cass (Plymouth, MA) is the top seed in the Master’s Division. Cass ran 3:15:29 at the 2014 Boston Marathon. In 2013, she won the overall title at the Myles Standish Marathon (3:12:41) and was fifth overall at the Providence Marathon in 3:09:15.

Hirut Guangul (Ethiopia) won last year’s QCM in 2:38:50, while Bonnie Ritchotte (Littleton, NH) was the master’s winner in 3:10:07. The women’s course records are: Guangul’s 2012 open effort of 2:35:07 and Tatyana Byelovol’s (Ukraine) 2:42:00 master’s finish in 2012.


Three Elites Highlight Ruhl & Ruhl Women’s Field

Doreen Kitaka (Kenya) has a 1:15:01 PR from a 2013 race in Waterloo. She was 2nd at the 2013 Grandma’s Marathon in 2:30:21. Kitaka runs for the Minnesota based Duma Team.

Caroline Kiptoo (Kenya) owns a 1:15:43 half from this year’s race in Louisville (1st) and a 1:18:32 from a win in Carmel, IN. Her all-time half-marathon best is 1:10:01 from a 2006 race in Marrakech, Morocco. 

Kristy Harken (Ankeny, IA) returns to the Ruhl & Ruhl Half. Harken was fourth last year in 1:24:24. In 2012 she placed third at the QC half in 1:23:42. Her half marathon PR is 1:23:10.

Lauren Versweyveld’s 1:20:45 won last year’s women’s Half. The course record sits at 1:16:16 by Kenya’s Pauline Mutwa from 2012.


Seed Times for 2014 Women’s QCM:

Full Marathon -

2:40:41, Meseret Ali Basa, Ethiopia
2:42:40, Aregash Gubae Abate, Ethiopia
2:44:00, Ruth Kimutai, Kenya
2:56:54, Rael Murey, Kenya
3:09:15, Laurie Cass, Plymouth, MA (master’s)
1:19:29 Half, Lauren Verswyeveld, Fort Worth, TX (marathon debut)

Half Marathon -

1:15:01, Doreen Kitaka, Kenya
1:15:43, Caroline Kiptoo, Kenya
1:23:10, Kristy Harken, Ankeny, IA