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Ideas at the 2023 UltraRunner of the 12 months Awards – iRunFar


AJW's TaproomPrevious this month, “UltraRunning Mag” launched the result of their annual North American UltraRunner of the 12 months balloting. Those awards, which were introduced every year via the mag since 1981 — aside from for 2020, when the balloting was once canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic — are awarded to the highest female and male ultrarunners in North The us.

Restricted to full-time North American citizens, irrespective of citizenship, and North Americans, irrespective of residency, the North American UltraRunner of the 12 months (UROY) awards supply an annual alternative for fanatics and contributors to discuss and speak about excellence within the recreation.

For 2023, the highest spots went to Courtney Dauwalter and Jim Walmsley. For Dauwalter this was once her 5th consecutive go back and forth to the highest step of the UROY podium, as she concluded an ordinary 12 months, which featured wins at Western States 100, Hardrock 100, and UTMB. For Walmsley, this was once the 6th time prior to now seven years he has gained the award.

Jim Walmsley - 2023 UTMB champion

Jim Walmsley, 2023 UTMB champion, and six-time winner of UltraRunning Mag’s UltraRunner of the 12 months award. Photograph: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Earlier Feminine Winners

A glance again on the historical past of the award puts Dauwalter in 2d position all time along with her 5 wins. Simplest the mythical Ann Trason gained extra UROY awards with 12. Trason gained 11 in a row from 1988 to 1998, after which a twelfth in 2001. Whilst it’s transparent that Dauwalter is an out of this world runner, I believe Trason’s report is protected, for now.

In the back of Dauwalter at the all-time ladies’s checklist are a couple of legends, Nikki Kimball and Ellie Greenwood. Kimball gained the award in 2003, 2004, and 2007, whilst Greenwood gained the award in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

In the back of them there are handiest 4 different more than one time winners — Marcy Schwam (1981, 1982), Sandra Kiddy (1985, 1986), Anne Riddle (2005, 2006), and Kami Semick (2008, 2009) — who’ve two wins apiece.

Marcy Schwam

Marcy Schwam, who set the primary ladies’s 48-hour report in 1979 — winner of the 1981 and 1982 UltraRunner of the 12 months awards. Photograph: Sri Chinmoy Marathon Workforce

Earlier Male Winners

At the males’s aspect, Walmsley’s six wins position him on best of a slightly gifted heap. Two in the back of, with 4 wins each and every, are two Western States 100 legends, Scott Jurek and Tom Johnson.

Jurek gained 3 consecutive awards in 2003, 2004, and 2005, after which a fourth in 2007. Apparently, in 2006, in one of the most closest votes within the historical past of the award, Karl Meltzer edged out Jurek for his first and up to now handiest UROY award.

Johnson gained his 4 awards consecutively between 1994 and 1997, when he was once a dominant pressure within the recreation on each the paths and the roads.

Bernd Heinrich gained the award thrice within the early days of 1981, 1983, and 1984. 5 runners around the a long time — Stu Mittleman (1982, 1985), Andy Jones (1990, 1991), Kevin Setnes (1993, 1998), Geoff Roes (2009, 2010), and Rob Krar (2013, 2014) — all have two wins each and every.

Regardless of the way you slice it, the stretch of excellence that each Dauwalter and Walmsley have displayed over the past seven years is really ordinary within the historical past of the game. Except Trason, who’s an outlier, we would possibly by no means see a run of excellence like this once more. And, it’ll be interesting to peer how for much longer each streaks final.

Bottoms up!

Courtney Dauwalter- 2023 Hardrock 100 - Maggie Gulch

Courtney Dauwalter — 2023 UltraRunner of the 12 months — climbs among the 2023 Hardrock 100 wildflowers. Photograph: iRunFar/Eszter Horanyi

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