No doubt about it, 2013 was another great year for competitive running at all distances. With that in mind, we present Competitor’s 2013 Runners of the Year. To determine the candidates in each category, we took into account distance runners who are living and training in the U.S., regardless of where they competed. The winners were based on those who had the best overall years, not merely one or two great performances. Here’s to a great 2013!

High School Girls — Mary Cain, 17, Bronxville, N.Y.
Mary Cain had a solid 2013 season, breaking numerous national records before turning pro. Photo:
High School Boys — Edward Cheserek, 18, Newark, N.J.
College Women — Abbey D'Agostino, 21, Hanover, N.H./Topsfield, Mass.
College Men — Lawi Lalang, 22, Tucson, Ariz.
Track Women — Jenny Simpson, 27, Boulder, Colo.
Track Men — Nick Symmonds, 30, Eugene, Ore.
Half Marathon/Marathon Women — Shalane Flanagan, 32, Portland, Ore.
Half Marathon/Marathon Men — Jeffrey Eggleston, 29, Boulder, Colo.
Cross Country Women — Neely Spence, 23, Lake Orion, Mich.
Cross Country Men — TIE— Chris Derrick, 23, Portland, Ore. and Ben True, 27, Hanover, N.H.
Masters Men — Brian Pilcher, 57, Ross, Calif.
Trail Running Women — Stevie Kremer, 29, Crested Butte, Colo.
Trail Running Men — Joe Gray, 29, Renton, Wash./Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ultrarunning Women —Pam Smith
Pam Smith returns to the Western States 100 next week after winning the 2013 race.
Ultrarunning Men — Rob Krar, 36, Flagstaff, Ariz.