Olsen and Smith named #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