For the past three years (end of 2011, end of 2012, end of 2013), I have posted some year-end ultrarunning awards. Now, I would like to introduce the Fourth 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 2014, so, take it or leave it.
Female Ultrarunner of the Year
Male Ultrarunner of the Year
Female Race of the Year
- Ellie Greenwood at the Comrades Marathon (race report)
- Rory Bosio at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (post-race interview)
- Pam Smith at the Angeles Crest 100
Male Race of the Year
- Max King at the IAU 100k World Championships (post-race interview, race report)
- Zach Miller at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile (post-race interview)
- Rob Krar at the Western States 100 (post-race interview)
Female Surprise of the Year
- Traci Falbo at the Tunnel Hill 100 (post-race interview)
Male Surprise of the Year
- Seth Swanson at the Western States 100 (post-race interview)
Female Rookie of the Year
Male Rookie of the Year
And, I thought a couple of new categories would be appropriate this year:
Best Trail Running Film of the Year
- Billy Yang’s Western Time (film review and film)
Best AJW’s Taproom Column of the Year
People’s Choice iRunFar Video Interview Award
Vote for your favorite video interview that appeared on iRunFar. Votes cast for the interviews Bryon Powell and I did before and after Western States don’t count! We’re talking external interviewees here. Leave a comment to let us know your favorite iRunFar video interview of 2014 and why.
Until next week,
AJW’s Beer of the Week
This week’s Beer of the Week comes from a Taproom favorite, Stone Brewing Company in San Diego, California. They released a great DIPA a couple weeks ago from their “Enjoy By” series and this one is a keeper. Their Enjoy By 12/26/14 IPA is smooth, easy drinking, and delicately hopped. In the midst of these days of heavy hopping, this is a refreshing change.
Call for Comments (from Bryon)
- What would be your picks in each of AJW’s categories and why?
- What was your favorite iRunFar interview of 2014 and why?