Third Annual AJW’s Taproom Year In Ultrarunning Rankings: 2013

AJWs TaproomFor the past two years (end of 2011, end of 2012), I have posted some year-end ultrarunning awards. Now, I would like to introduce the Third Annual AJW’s Taproom Year in Ultrarunning Rankings.

These are not scientific in any way and the criteria was made up entirely by me. They represent a selection of North American racers competing in events in the U.S. and abroad. It, in no way, represents an exhaustive study nor does it pretend to be fully representative of all that occurred in 2013, so, take it or leave it. In addition, the selections in each category are not in any specific order:

Female Ultrarunner of the Year

 Male Ultrarunner of the Year

Female Race of the Year

Male Race of the Year

Female Surprise of the Year

  • Pam Smith

Male Surprise of the Year

  •  Zach Bitter

Female Rookie of the Year

  •  Michele Yates

Male Rookie of the Year

  • Rob Krar

And, I thought a couple of new categories would be appropriate this year:

FKT of the Year

Race Series of the Year

Until next week,

Bottoms up!

AJW’s Beer of the Week
Hardywood Gingerbread StoutThis week’s Beer of the Week comes from one of the Taproom’s favorite breweries, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Virginia. This little, boutique brewery produces some outstanding seasonal varieties and the headliner of those is their Christmas stout, Gingerbread Stout. Neal Gorman gave me a 25-ounce bottle of this year’s version the other day and I must say it was extraordinary. Complex flavor, even body, and a smooth finish make this a prime holiday choice. But, if you want some you’ll have to wait until next year as they’ve already sold out for this year.

 Call for Comments (from Meghan)

  • Who is your pick for female and male Ultrarunners of the Year as well as female and male Performances of the Year? Be sure to tell us why, too!
  • Who do you think surprised our community with a breakout performance or two in 2013?
  • And, in those non-single-race categories AJW introduced, do you agree with his picks? Who might you add to those lists?
  • (From Bryon) What’s your beer of the year?

There are 8 comments

  1. Bryon of iRunFar

    For Beer of the Year, I will have to go with Pliny the Elder. It was far better than I expected. Far more drinkable, too. It's a subtly sophisticated master of its kind. I'm not a huge DIPA guy, so this really surprised me.

    Honorable mentions:
    Mammoth's 395 IPA
    Firestone Walker's Velvet Merkin
    Oskar Blues's Ten FIDY

    Mildpacker Award:
    Sierra Nevada Old Chico

    Out of Category Addition:
    Folks often add internationals to North American UROY discussions. Likewise, I nominate a non-beer. Crispin's The Saint cider is far and away the most enjoyable cider I've ever had.

    Think I'll be at a race? Bring one (or more) of these and make me a very happy man! That said, I LOVE to try new beers, so bring me your favorites to expand my knowledge and enjoyment. You never know, the beer you bring me might be my pick for beer of the year! ;-)

  2. steeltownrunner

    Still surprised that Olsen and Bitter aren't even mentioned as candidates for UROY.

    Krar certainly deserves to have his name in the conversation for UPOY, but I think his UROC run w/ Dakota breathing down his neck might have been more impressive. TNF wasn't so impressive as much as it was an impressive win/ run to cap an amazing year.

    Bitter was hardly as much a surprise as the new Cruise Ship Zach Miller.

  3. @PatrickDLyons

    Another new category: Team of the Year, men's, women's and overall.

    While not completely up on who is sponsored by who, but I'd have to think The North Face team takes the cake for all three. Krar is Men's UROY, Hal and Wolfe set the JMT trail FKT and Rory Bosio has WPOY. Stephanie Howe also contributes mightily to the women's cause, as well.

    VFuel gels might also get some consideration with Timmy Olsen, Sage Canaday, and Josh Arthur all having great years.

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