2013 Ultrarunners of the year

 Thank you to our 2013 panel of judges

David Horton – elite ultra and FKT runner, race founder and director (Hellgate, Promise Land and others) and professor of ultra running; Don Allison, former Publisher, UltraRunning magazine; Gary Cantrell, RD, Barkley and Strolling Jim; John Catts, RD, Quad Dipsea; Ed Demoney, founder, Old Dominion 100; Chrissy Ferguson, RD, Arkansas Traveler 100; Tim Fitzpatrick, RD, Tamalpa Headlands 50K; Topher Gaylord, President, Mountain Hardwear; Karl Hoagland, Publisher, UltraRunning magazine; Andy Jones-Wilkins, elite runner (VA); Erika Lindland, Contributing Editor, UltraRunning magazine; Don Lundell, Zombie Runner; Dave Mackey, elite runner (CO); John Medinger, RD, Lake Sonoma 50; Karl Meltzer, RD, Speedgoat 50K; Scott Mills, RD, San Diego 100; Bryon Powell, Editor-in-Chief, irunfar.com; Joe Prusaitis, RD, Bandera 100K and other Tejas Trails events; Glen Redpath, elite runner (NY); Brett Rivers, Owner, San Francisco Running Company; Mike Spinnler, RD, JFK 50; Meredith Terranova, elite runner (TX); Craig Thornley, RD, Western States 100; Gary Wang, Managing Editor, realendurance.com; Blake Wood, Hardrock 100 Board of Directors.

Ultrarunners of the year

Rob Krar (Galen Burrell photo)

Rob Krar (Galen Burrell photo)

Rob Krar

Rob Krar is the Male Ultra Runner of the Year. Krar won four major races during the year, capped off with a win at The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship. He set course records at the Leona Divide 50 Mile and the Moab Red Hot 55K. He was also a close second at the Western States 100 Mile, and set a fastest known time of the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim. This is all the more impressive since Krar didn’t run his first ultra until November 2012. Krar, a collegiate middle-distance standout at Butler University, works as a pharmacist in Flagstaff, Arizona. (Galen Burrell photo)

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (Miles)
1 9:29:00 UROC 62
2 15:22:05 Western States 100
1 5:53:51 Leona Divide 50
1 3:44:06 Moab Red Hot 34
6:21:47 Rim to Rim to Rim FKT 41.2
1 6:21:10 TNF – SF 50

Michele Yates

Michele Yates

Michele Yates

Michele Yates is the Female Ultra Runner of the Year. Yates, a fitness consultant from Littleton, Colorado, won six of the seven races she entered in 2013, including highly competitive events like The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile Championship, the Bandera 100K, and the Run Rabbit Run 100 Mile. Yates, a collegiate steeplechaser at UNLV and a 2:38 marathoner, was the outright winner of the inaugural Indiana Trail 100 Mile, finishing first overall out of 154 starters.

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
9 1 10:08:48 Bandera 62
12 1 4:19:50 Bootlegger 31
1 1 17:35:17 Indiana 100
4 1 6:53:25 Nueces 50
7 1 20:16:54 Run Rabbit Run – Hare 100
19 3 12:46:24 UROC 62
21 1 7:21:51 TNF – SF 50

 #2 UltraRunners of the Year

Jon Olsen (Peter van Trijen photo)

Jon Olsen (Peter van Trijen photo)

Jon Olsen

Jon Olsen, 39, a teacher from Modesto, California is the number 2 runner of the year. Olsen won the World 24-Hour Championships in Holland and later set an American Record at 100 miles, becoming the first American to crack the 12-hour barrier. Ironically, the American record had stood for 24 years when he broke it, but Olsen then held the record for less than two months before Zach Bitter lowered it to 11:47:21. (Peter van Trijen photo)

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (Miles)
1 4:56:09 Echo Summit 31
1 24-hr IAU – Steenbergen 167.568
1 11:59:28 Ottawa Self-Transendence (split) 100
8 24-hr Self Transcendence 100.16
1 4:55:09 Tahoe Rim Trail 31
2 4:13:04 Tamalpa Headlands 31
24-hr Soochow 123

Pam Smith (Glenn Tachiyama photo)

Pam Smith (Glenn Tachiyama photo)

Pam Smith

Western States 100 winner Pam Smith is the number 2 female runner of the year. Smith, a pathologist from Salem, Oregon, was stellar on trails, road and track, setting a world track best and posting the second fastest women’s 100-mile time ever with a 14:11:26 clocking at the Desert Solstice Run. Her 6:11:40 road 50-mile was the fastest time of the year. (Glenn Tachiyama photo)

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
6 1 6:54:02 American River 50
1 1 6:11:40 Autumn Leaves 50
9 2 4:41:06 McDonald Forest 31
10 2 7:39:19 Nueces 50
36 12 24-hr Pacific Rim One Day 35
13 5 22:38:50 Run Rabbit Run – Hare 100
9 1 18:37:21 Western States 100
14:11:26 Desert Solstice (split) 100

#3 UltraRunners of the Year

Rory Bosio (photo courtesy The North Face)

Rory Bosio (photo courtesy The North Face)

Rory Bosio

Our number three female is Rory Bosio, 28, from Soda Springs, California. Rory, who works as an emergency room nurse, destroyed the course record at the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc, winning in a time of 22:37:26, more than two hours faster than the previous record. She also placed second at the Way Too Cool 50K, fourth at the Lake Sonoma 50, and fifth at the Western States 100.

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
30 4 8:08:37 Lake Sonoma 50
7 1 22:37:26 UTMB (FRA) 104.3
24 2 4:07:38 Way Too Cool 31
22 5 19:52:09 Western States 100

Sage Canaday (Brad Clayton photo)

Sage Canaday (Brad Clayton photo)

Sage Canaday

Sage Canaday, 27, from Boulder, Colorado is our number three male. Canaday won five races during the year, setting course records at the Bandera 100K, the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile, and the Speedgoat 50K. He also won the Tarawera 100K in New Zealand and placed third at the Transvulcania 53 Mile in the Canary Islands.

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (Miles)
1 8:13:49 Bandera 62
1 6:47:00 Cayuga Trails 50
1 6:14:55 Lake Sonoma 50
1 5:08:07 Speedgoat 31
1 8:53:34 Tarawera 62
3 7:09:57 Transvulcania 53
6 11:00:26 UROC 62

#4 UltraRunners of the Year

Timothy Olson (Shahid Ali photo)

Timothy Olson (Shahid Ali photo)

Timothy Olson

Western States 100 winner Timothy Olson comes in at number 4. Many observers think that Olson’s Western States win – 15:17:27 on a 102-degree day – is the most impressive time in the race’s venerable history. A massage therapist from Ashland, Oregon, Olson slowed in the final yards to carry his 10-month-old son Tristan across the finish line. Olson was also top American at UTMB, finishing fourth overall.

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (Miles)
1 4:18:23 Bandera 31
15 7:09:15 Lake Sonoma 50
2 6:53:29 Ray Miller 50
5 19:46:33 Run Rabbit Run – Hare 100
7 5:47:10 Speedgoat 31
2 8:56:46 Tarawera 62
4 7:11:53 Transvulcania 53
4 21:38:23 UTMB 104.3
1 15:17:27 Western States 100

Meghan Arbogast (John Medinger photo)

Meghan Arbogast (John Medinger photo)

Meghan Arbogast

Meghan Arbogast gives all appearances of being like a fine wine, only improving as she ages. Now 52, Arbogast won Way Too Cool, the largest 50K in the US, and placed well in highly competitive events like Western States, Lake Sonoma 50, and White River 50. A coach and massage therapist, Arbogast recently moved from Corvallis, Oregon to Cool, California.

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
28 7 12:23:27 Bandera 62
3 1 4:04:29 Ice Age 31
33 5 8:15:58 Lake Sonoma 50
8 2 4:47:49 Ray Miller 31
3 1 7:50:31 Tokyo-Shibamata (JPN) 62
222 13 32:55:37 UTMB (FRA) 104.3
23 1 4:06:45 Way Too Cool 31
18 4 19:30:50 Western States 100
19 2 8:37:20 White River 50

#5 UltraRunners of the Year

Cassie Scallon (Noe Castañón photo)

Cassie Scallon (Noe Castañón photo)

Cassie Scallon

Cassie Scallon holds down the number 5 spot. Scallon, a nurse from Boulder, Colorado, set course records at three highly competitive 50-mile runs during the year, Lake Sonoma, Ice Age and Tussey Mountainback. In all, she won four races during the year, showing she has fully recovered from the injury that kept her on “injured reserve” for much of 2012.

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
10 1 6:46:38 Ice Age 50
11 1 5:29:22 Mt Werner Classic 31
30 4 4:25:28 Chuckanut 31
23 1 7:47:42 Lake Sonoma 50
16 2 4:40:58 Moab Red Hot 34
18 8 24:49:26 Run Rabbit Run – Hare 100
3 1 6:24:02 Tussey Mountainback 50
33 5 7:50:42 TNF – SF 50

Ian Sharman

Ian Sharman

Ian Sharman

When Nick Clark won the Wasatch Front 100, he set a new cumulative time record for the Grand Slam (Western States, Vermont, Leadville, Wasatch) of 70:21:48. That record lasted for a grand total of 37 minutes and 4 seconds. That’s when Ian Sharman finished second and broke Clark’s total with a cumulative time of 69:49:40. Sharman, a running coach from Walnut Creek, California, won the Leadville Trail 100 en route to the Grand Slam record, and finished in the top four in all four 100-mile races.

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (miles)
1 24-hr Across the Years 2012/13 109.18
1 4:17:44 Cinderella Trail 31
1 4:15:12 Diablo Trails Challenge 31
4 3:38:00 Gorge Waterfall 31
1 16:30:02 Leadville Trail 100
4 5:15:07 Miwok 37
4 15:57:43 Vermont 100
2 21:01:30 Wasatch Front 100
4 16:20:25 Western States 100

#6 UltraRunners of the Year

Zach Bitter (photo by Kristin Steele)

Zach Bitter (photo by Kristin Steele)

Zach Bitter

Zach Bitter of Marinette, Wisconsin checks in at number 6. Bitter, a middle school teacher, ran the fastest 50 mile time by an American in more than 30 years, posting a 5:12:33 at the Chicago Lakefront 50. He capped the year off by setting an American Record for 100 miles, running an amazing 11:47:21 – 7:04 per mile – at the Desert Solstice Run in Arizona. (photo by Kristin Steele)

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (Miles)
1 5:12:33 Chicago Lakefront Fall 50
3 6:08:14 Ice Age 50
1 8:39:09 Kettle Moraine 62
2 5:32:23 Tussey Mountainback 50
11:47:21 Desert Solstice (split) 100

Connie Gardner (photo by Bob McGillivray, DryMax Sports)

Connie Gardner (photo by Bob McGillivray, DryMax Sports)

Connie Gardner

Connie Gardner won seven ultras during 2013, including five 100-mile runs. She won both of her home state’s 100s, Mohican and Burning River. This marks the fourth straight year that the running store manager from Medina, Ohio has been ranked in the top ten. (photo by Bob McGillivray, DryMax Sports)

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
4 1 24-hr 24 the Hard Way 132.71
16 3 5:15:11 Buckeye Trail 31
8 1 18:30:49 Burning River 100
2 1 24-hr Destin Beach 116
3 1 15:33:12 Graveyard 100
59 14 24-Hr IAU – Steenbergen 135.879
12 3 4:05:15 Lt JC Stone 31
7 1 21:43:32 Mohican 100
1 1 16:16:13 Pine Creek Challenge 100
22 4 7:42:58 Tussey Mountainback 50
4 1 18:25:10 Yellowstone-Teton 100

#7 UltraRunners of the Year

Emil Harrison (photo courtesy adidas)

Emily Harrison (photo courtesy adidas)

Emily Harrison

JFK 50 Mile winner Emily Harrison is number 7 in the women’s top 10. Harrison, a running coach from Flagstaff, Arizona, also won the Moab Red Hot 55K, setting a course record in the process, and placed seventh at the Western States 100 in her first 100 mile run.

 

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
13 2 4:22:49 Bootlegger 31
10 1 6:34:49 JFK 50
8 1 4:24:02 Moab Red Hot 34
1 1 7:56:00 Mormon FA 50
26 7 20:28:40 Western States 100

Nick Clark (photo by Bob McGillivray, DryMax Sports)

Nick Clark (photo by Bob McGillivray, DryMax Sports)

Nick Clark

Nick Clark completed the Grand Slam (Western States, Vermont, Leadville, Wasatch) last summer, placing in the top 6 in each of the four 100-mile races, and finished it off by winning the Wasatch Front 100 for the second straight year. The Fort Collins, Colorado resident works as a writer and editor for an international education company and is also the Race Director for the Quad Rock 50 Mile race.

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (miles)
10 6:53:10 Lake Sonoma 50
2 17:06:28 Leadville Trail 100
3 15:54:31 Vermont 100
1 20:24:26 Wasatch Front 100
6 16:56:23 Western States 100

#8 UltraRunners of the Year

Joe Fejes (photo by Catherine Harding)

Joe Fejes (photo by Catherine Harding)

Joe Fejes

Multi-day specialist Joe Fejes checks in at number eight. Fejes, an attorney from Hoschton, Georgia, started the year with an astounding total of 329.64 miles in 72 hours at the Across the Years run in Arizona. Fejes won six events during the year, including the Vol State Run, a 314-mile trek across the state of Tennessee. He won the Hinson Lake 24-Hour Run and finished tenth at the IAU World Championship 24-Hour Run in Holland.

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (miles)
1 72-hr Across the Years 2012/13 329.64
1 24-hr Destin Beach 134
1 24-hr Hinson Lake 141.36
10 24-Hr IAU – Steenbergen 154.189
7 7:34:53 Laurel Valley 35
1 12-hr Operation Endurance Run 78.605
1 10:42:57 Palm 100 62
6 28:59:44 Superior Fall 100
1 80:10:16 Vol State 314
1 80:10:16 Vol State – Supported 314

Kaci Lickteig

Kaci Lickteig

Kaci Lickteig

Kaci Lickteig ran eight ultras during the year and finished as top woman in all of them. The physical therapist from Omaha, Nebraska, won four of these races outright! Lickteig, a 2:44 marathoner, ran her first ultra 2012. A little over a year later, she ran her first 100 mile race at the Black Hills 100 and finished second overall out of 93 starters, and broke the women’s course record by seven hours.

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
1 1 6:54:15 Bear Chase 50
2 1 19:12:01 Black Hills 100
2 1 3:54:17 GOATZ Trail Run 31
1 1 7:25:38 Hawk 50
4 1 9:47:12 Kettle Moraine 62
2 1 3:43:50 Lean Horse 31
1 1 3:38:02 Market to Market 31
1 1 4:19:35 Psycho Psummer 31

#9 UltraRunners of the Year

Nikki Kimball

Nikki Kimball

Nikki Kimball

Nikki Kimball of Bozeman, Montana checks in at number nine. Kimball, a physical therapist, is a three-time Ultra Runner of the Year (2003, 2004, 2007) and remains highly competitive, finishing second in four of the five races she ran in 2013 – including the highly-competitive Western States 100 and Run Rabbit Run 100. Kimball was also the women’s winner at The North Face Challenge 50K in Colombia.

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
12 2 7:04:07 Angels Staircase 37.3
8 2 20:59:13 Run Rabbit Run – Hare 100
31 2 9:57:20 TNF Challenge – Bear Mtn 50
2 1 4:52:39 TNF Challenge – Colombia 31
14 2 19:21:43 Western States 100

Brian Rusiecki

Brian Rusiecki

Brian Rusiecki

Brian Rusiecki, winner of four races during the year, is the number nine male. Rusiecki is an electrical engineer and lives in South Deerfield, Massachusetts with his wife Amy, who is also a top ultra runner. He completed an impressive ten ultras in 2013, winning the Cascade Crest Classic 100 Mile and the Mountain Masochist 50. He also won the Bull Run Run 50 Mile for the second straight year.

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (miles)
2 4:53:54 Bimblers Bluff 31
1 6:18:41 Bull Run Run 50
1 18:44:44 Cascade Crest 100
4 7:06:00 Cayuga Trails 50
1 7:09:18 Mountain Masochist 50
5 6:55:22 Nueces 50
1 6:30:30 Pineland Trail 50
2 7:19:19 TNF Challenge – Bear Mtn 50
5 16:05:11 Vermont 100
2 6:33:43 Vermont 50

#10 UltraRunners of the Year

Mike Morton

Mike Morton (Glenn Tachiyama photo)

Mike Morton

Mike Morton, who won the Ultra Runner of the Year in 2012, is the number 10 runner for 2013. Morton, who lives in Lithia, Florida and is a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army, won the Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile and ran a swift 13:14 while winning the Iron Horse 100.  He placed third at Western States, running only five minutes slower than his winning time from 1997, and on a blistering hot day.

2013 Race Results

Place Time Event Distance (miles)
1 13:14:31 Iron Horse 100
1 14:28:09 Rocky Raccoon 100
3 15:45:21 Western States 100

Amy Sproston

Amy Sproston (Andre Blumberg photo)

Amy Sproston

Amy Sproston of Portland, Oregon checks in at number 10 for the women. Sproston works as a compliance officer for Mercy Corps, a non-profit global aid organization. Her work takes her overseas frequently, which helps explain ultra wins in both Japan and Turkey. She also won the Ray Miller 50 Mile and finished third at the Western States 100.

2013 Race Results

Place Female Place Time Event Distance (miles)
3 9:44:00 Hasetune Cup (JPN) 44
27 3 8:04:11 Lake Sonoma 50
10 1 8:38:20 Ray Miller 50
16 3 19:25:11 Western States 100
1 1 7:12:51 Iznik/Orhangazi Ultra (TRK) 50
3 1 7:50:31 Tokyo-Shibamata (JPN) 62