Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Ultrarunner of the year

This just in from the good folks at UR Magazine. What do you all think?


2008 UltraRunning Magazine's Runners of the Year
(first-place votes in parentheses)

Men
1. Jorge Pacheco, 41, Los Angeles, CA (7) 185
2. Kyle Skaggs, 23, Glenwood, NM (7) 182
3. Michael Wardian, 34, Arlington, VA (5) 152
4. Anton Krupicka, 25, Colorado Springs, CO (1) 109
5. Scott Jurek, 35, Seattle, WA 86
6. Mark Lundblad, 39, Swannonoa, NC 85
7. Hal Koerner, 32, Ashland, OR 70
8. Leigh Schmitt, 36, Conway, MA 52
9. Erik Skaden, 36, Folsom, CA 34
10. Todd Braje, 32, McKinleyville, CA 33

Also receiving votes: Erik Skaggs, OR, 18; Andy Jones-Wilkins, ID, 17; Nate McDowell, NM, 17; Byron Lane, NY, 10; Eric Grossman, VA, 10; Geoff Roes, AK, 8; Jon Olsen, CA, 8; Dave Mackey, CO, 7; Keith Knipling, DC, 7; Josh Brimhall, NV, 6; Jasper Halekas, CA, 5; Scott Jaime, CO, 5; Joe Ziegenfuss, MN, 5; Matt Carpenter, CO, 4; Karl Meltzer, UT, 3; Sean Andrish, VA, 2; Brian Kistner, SC, 2; Steve Stowers, CA, 2; Graham Cooper, CA, 2.

Women
1. Kami Semick, 41, Bend, OR (10) 217
2. Jamie Donaldson, 34, Littleton, CO (7) 199
3. Susannah Beck, 40, Eugene, OR (3) 147
4. Suzanna Bon, 44, Sonoma, CA 90
5. Connie Gardner, 45, Medina, OH 82
6. Nikki Kimball, 37, Bozeman, MT 79
7. Bev Anderson-Abbs, 44, Red Bluff, CA 52
8. Devon Crosby-Helms, 25, Seattle, WA 50
9. Anne Riddle Lundblad, 41, Swannonoa, NC 34
10. Prudence L'Heureux, 38, Tahoe City, CA 30

Also receiving votes: Justine Morrison, DC, 28; Jenny Capel, NV, 22; Christine Crawford, WI, 21; Laurie McGrath, ON, 17; Michelle Barton, CA, 12; Krissy Moehl, OR, 9; Meghan Arbogast, OR, 8; Anita Ortiz, CO, 7; Helen Cospolich, CO, 6; Betsy Nye, CA, 4; Ronda Sundermeier, OR, 3; Jenn Shelton, OR, 2.


Performance of the Year – Men
1. Kyle Skaggs’ Hardrock 100 Mile, 23:23:30 (14) 122
2. Dave Mackey’s Miwok 100 km, 7:53:19 (1) 61
3. Scott Jurek’s Spartathlon 153.3 Mile, 22:20:01 (1) 41
4. Brian Robinson’s Barkley 100 Mile, 55:42:27 27
5. Erik Skaggs' Quad Dipsea 28.4 Mile, 3:52:16 19

Also receiving votes: Matt Carpenter's The North Face Challenge 50 Mile, 16; Hal Koerner's Angeles Crest 100 Mile, 9; Michael Wardian's Caumsett 50 km, 8; Jorge Pacheco's Leona Divide 50 Mile, 6; Anton Krupicka's American River 50 Mile, 4; Eric Grossman's Tussey Mountainback 50 Mile, 3; Duncan Callahan's Leadville 100 Mile, 2; Jorge Pacheco's Badwater 135 Mile, 1; Michael Wardian's White River 50 Mile, 1.


Performance of the Year – Women
1. Kami Semick’s IAU World Championship 100 km, 7:33:58 (16) 138
2. Jamie Donaldson’s Badwater 135 Mile, 26:51:33 (1) 48
3. Susannah Beck’s White River 50 Mile, 7:32:12 (1) 41
4. Susannah Beck’s Way Too Cool 50 km, 3:55:22 30
5. Dipali Cunningham’s Self-Transcendence 6-Day, 467 miles 23

Also receiving votes: Jamie Donaldson's Umstead 100 Mile, 17; Anne Riddle Lundblad's Bull Run Run 50 Mile, 13; Jennifer Pharr-Davis’ Appalachian Trail record, 9; Meghan Arbogast's IAU World Championship 100 km, 7; Connie Gardner's JFK 50 Mile, 4; Nikki Kimball's Tahoe Rim Trail 100 Mile, 3; Anita Ortiz’ San Juan Solstice 50 Mile, 3; Connie Gardner's Burning River 100 Mile, 3; Kami Semick's Miwok 100 km, 2; Suzanna Bon's Quad Dipsea 28.4 Mile, 2; Suzanna Bon’s Cascade Crest 100 Mile, 2; Jenn Shelton's American River 50 Mile, 2.


Age Group Performances of the Year – Men
1. Roy Pirrung, 60, WI, IAU World Challenge 24 Hour, 133.19 miles (9) 88
2. John DeWalt, 72, PA, Hardrock 100 Mile, 47:54:58 (2) 58
3. Bob Hayes, 82, MT, LeGrizz 50 Mile, 11:00:33 (2) 51
4 (tie). Jerry McGath, 70, MS, Arkansas Traveller 100 Mile, 26:39:55 15
4 (tie). Bill Dodson, 73, CA, Firetrails 50 Mile, 10:16:14 15

Also receiving votes: Rick Miller, 61, Wasatch 100 Mile, 13; Richard Webb, 51, IAU World Championship 100km, 12; Mike Tselentis, 82, Quad Dipsea 28.4 Mile, 8; Wally Hesseltine, 65, Angeles Crest 100 Mile, 5; Bill Dodson, 73, Helen Klein 50 Mile, 5; Karsten Solheim, 71, Vermont 100 Mile, 5; Tony Mauro, 65, Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile, 4; Richard Hillestad, 65, Avalon 50 Mile, 4; Ralph Hirt, 70, Javelina 100 Mile, 3; Frank Probst, 65, JFK 50 Mile, 3; Tom Bunk, 66, Ice Age 50 Mile, 3; Roy Pirrung, 59, Mad City 100 km, 3; Leo Lightner, 79, JFK 50 Mile, 3; Michael Kanning, 16, Jed Smith 50 Mile, 3; Nick Bassett, 63, Heartland 100 Mile, 3; Ed Ayres, 67, Helen Klein 50 km, 2; Eric Clifton, 50, Noble Canyon 33 Mile, 2; Dennis Mowbray, 61, Quad Dipsea 28.4 Mile, 1; Don Landry, 61, Self-Transcendence 10-day, 1.


Age Group Performances of the Year – Women
1. Diana Fitzpatrick, 50, CA, American River 50 Mile, 7:30:42 (6) 77
2. Diana Fitzpatrick, 50, CA, Vermont 100 Mile, 19:51:43 (5) 66
3. Kathy Welch, 55, CA, SF One Day, 105.6 miles 23
4. Mae Palm, 68, BC, Comrades 53.8 Mile, 11:46:47 22
5. Nancy March, 61, CA, Quicksilver 50 Mile, 10:12:38 (1) 19

Also receiving votes: Nancy March, 60, Leona Divide 50 Mile, (1) 16; Juliane Scheberies, 74, Ruth Anderson 50 km, 16; Emma Riconda, 51, Caumsett 50 km, 14; Lorraine Bunk, 67, Ice Age 50 Mile, 13; Suprabha Beckjord, 51, Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile, 9; Nancy March, 60, Way Too Cool 50 km, 8; Betty Frankum, 68, Orange Curtain 50 km, 6; Barbara Isom, 61, Mountain Masochist 50 Mile, 4; Eldrith Gosney, 67, Skyline 50 km, 3; Ruth Liebowitz, 66, Caumsett 50 km, 2; Barbara Elia, 63, American River 50 Mile, 2; Hwa Ja Andrade, 67, American River 50 Mile, 1.

19 comments:

Carson said...

I think Kyle should have won ultrarunner of the year
Carson





P.S. first comment!!!!!!!!!!!!

AnthonyP said...

I tend to agree with Carson. In fact, I would have flipped #s 1 and 2 on both the men's and women's side.

Joy said...

I agree with AnthonyP, that the women’s ultrarunner of the year should be filled with the runners-up but sure about the mens.

Jorge won BW and RR 100 but that is it. The only other completive race he ran was AR 50 and he got 7th. Kyle could have sealed the deal if he had won the NF 50 but a 4th place definitely hurt.

Kami won the NF 50 and Miwok and also got 2nd at the IAU 100k but do these three races deserve to the win ultrarunner of the year? Jamie won 4 races that were 100 miles +, and won 8 Ultra races total. She also put up some big mileage at the IAU 24 hour race for 5th place.

footfeathers said...

totally surprized that m. carpenter's nf champ run didn't make top three for performance of the year. clearly, the toughest field of any race in 2008.
tim

AJW said...

FF,

I hear you on Carpenter at NF but consider the following:

1. Kyle Skaggs’ Hardrock 100 Mile, 23:23:30

Wins by 6 hours, breaks CR by just under 3 hours.

2. Dave Mackey’s Miwok 100 km

Breaks CR by 30 mins against field arguably as competitive as NF

3. Scott Jurek’s Spartathlon 153.3 Mile, 22:20:01

Best time ever by anyone not named Kouros. 13:?? 100 mile split

4. Brian Robinson’s Barkley 100 Mile, 55:42:27

Simply a sick run in an alternate universe.

5. Erik Skaggs' Quad Dipsea 28.4 Mile

Broke a record that had been on the books for years. Methodically.

I think they're right placing Matt 6th.

Anonymous said...

AJW-

What are your thoughts on the ultrarunners of the year?

Matt F

AJW said...

Matt F,

Here are my thoughts. Right off the top:

Male Ultra Runner of the Year
1. Kyle Skaggs
2. Hal Koerner
3. Scott Jurek
4. Andy Jones-Wilkins
5. Michael Wardian
6. Jorge Pacheco
7. Mark Lundblad
8. Leigh Schmitt
9. Anton Krupicka
10. Geoff Roes

Female Ultra Runner of the Year
1. Kami Semick
2. Susannah Beck
3. Jamie Donaldson
4. Anne Lundblad
5. Connie Gardner
6. Krissy Moehl
7. Nikki Kimball
8. Susanna Bon
9. Bev Anderson-Abbs
10. Betsy Nye

AJW

Anonymous said...

AJW, why would you have Scott J at #3, he had one good race. Did you forget his two DNF's at Mt.B & Ultracentric?

Matt F

AJW said...

Matt F,

No, I didn't forget those. Did you forget his WTC and Miwok? 4th place at both of those races against very competitive fields. DNF's are part of the game.

AJW

AJW said...

Matt F,

No, I didn't forget those. Did you forget his WTC and Miwok? 4th place at both of those races against very competitive fields. DNF's are part of the game.

AJW

Joy said...

AJW, I think you can rank your self ahead of Jorge once you can run a 13:16 100 mile.

AJW said...

Joy,

Good point! As you probably guessed, I threw myself in there to be provocative:) To be honest, I was a bit surprised I was as high as 12th in the actual voting.

And, I'll never be able to run 13:16.

AJW

footfeathers said...

ajw,
Good point on Carpenter's placing.
ff (no, not french fry)

HappyTrails said...

Good point about Matt Carpenter - he is very picky about his races and that will always hinder his overall "ranking". It's the Lance Armstrong curse - show up for one big dance a year and everyone discounts your body of work. I was going to say you were being a little hard on #4! and would certainly agree with you on Kyle - I will never in my lifetime be able to run Hardrock, let alone bomb it like he did.
Steve

footfeathers said...

Looking forward to meeting you at Ghost Town, AJW. Joe K. advised me on what kind of beer to bring.
TLong

Rogue Valley Runners said...

Wanna move to Ashland and be my Publicist?

hk

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