AJW’s Taproom 2022 in Ultrarunning Awards

AJW’s nominees for various 2022 end-of-year awards for ultrarunners.

By on December 23, 2022 | Comments

AJW's TaproomFor the past 10 years, I have posted some year-end ultrarunning awards. I would like to introduce the 11th annual AJW’s Taproom Year in Ultrarunning Awards for 2022. You can check out my awards from the end of 201120122013201420152016201720182019, and 2021. I did something a little different in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are not scientific in any way, and the criteria are made up entirely by me. They represent a selection of North American athletes competing in ultramarathons in the United States and abroad.

My rankings in no way represent an exhaustive study, nor do they pretend to be fully representative of all that occurred in 2022 — so take them or leave them. Here goes!

Women’s Ultrarunner of the Year

  1. Courtney Dauwalter
  2. Katie Schide
  3. Marianne Hogan
  4. Camille Herron
Courtney Dauwalter at the finish line with cheering crowds and confetti.

Courtney Dauwalter wins the 2022 Diagonale des Fous in 24 hours, 37 minutes. Photo: iRunFar/Kirsten Kortebein

Men’s Ultrarunner of the Year

  1. Adam Peterman
  2. Jim Walmsley
  3. Dakota Jones
  4. Arlen Glick
Adam Peterman - 2022 Trail World Championships 80k Champion

Adam Peterman hoists the American flag and becomes the 2022 Trail World Championships 80k Champion. Photo: iRunFar/Bryon Powell

Women’s Performance of the Year

  1. Courtney Dauwalter’s win at the Diagonale des Fous
  2. Courtney Dauwalter’s win at the Hardrock 100 (interview)
  3. Marisa Lizak’s 156.5 miles in 24 hours at the Desert Solstice Track Invitational

Men’s Performance of the Year

  1. CJ Albertson’s 50k world record at the Ruth Anderson Memorial Run (interview)
  2.  Jim Walmsley’s course record at the Madeira Island Ultra-Trail
  3.  Dakota Jones’s course record at the Javelina 100 Mile

Women’s Rookie of the Year

[Author’s Note: For the purposes of my Rookie of the Year award, I consider a runner to be a rookie if 2022 was their first season racing at a highly competitive level. In most cases, the candidates considered for this award have completed a few races in prior years, but 2022 marked the first time they made an impact on the national or international scene beyond a race or two. For me, my “rookie” litmus-test example is Anton Krupicka in 2006 when he came out of nowhere and won the Leadville 100 Mile.]

Men’s Rookie of the Year

  • Matthew Seidel

Women’s Surprise of the Year

Men’s Surprise of the Year

2022 Hardrock 100 - Dakota Jones - Animas Forks

Dakota Jones leading the 2022 Hardrock 100 at Animas Forks (mile 58). He would eventually go on to place third. Photo: iRunFar

Women’s Fastest Known Time (FKT) of the Year

Men’s FKT of the Year

  • Jeff Garmire’s men’s unsupported (north to south) John Muir Trail FKT

Best Trail Running Film of the Year

  • “Fine Line,” by Dylan Harris

Most Inspirational Person of the Year

Bottoms up!

AJW’s Beer of the Week

This week’s Beer of the Week comes from Jackalope Brewing Company in Nashville, Tennessee. Bear Walker maple brown ale is a deep brown ale infused with maple syrup. A smooth and eminently drinkable beer — this is a “breakfast beer” if ever there was one!

Call for Comments

Who made your list for 2022? Let us know in the comments!

Andrea Sansone - 2022 Nolan's 14 FKT - Mount Princeton

Andrea Sansone climbing Mount Princeton on her way to setting the women’s supported Nolan’s 14 fastest known time in September, 2022. Photo courtesy of Andrea Sansone.

Andy Jones-Wilkins

Andy Jones-Wilkins is an educator by day and has been the author of AJW’s Taproom at iRunFar for over 11 years. A veteran of over 190 ultramarathons, including 38 100-mile races, Andy has run some of the most well-known ultras in the United States. Of particular note are his 10 finishes at the Western States 100, which included 7 times finishing in the top 10. Andy lives with his wife, Shelly, and Josey, the dog, and is the proud parent of three sons, Carson, Logan, and Tully.