Bitter and Gardner named #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