Fifth Annual AJW’s Taproom Year In Ultrarunning Rankings: 2015

AJWs TaproomFor the past four years (end of 2011end of 2012, end of 2013, and end of 2014), I have posted some year-end ultrarunning awards. Now, I would like to introduce the Fifth 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. My rankings, in no way, represent an exhaustive study nor do they pretend to be fully representative of all that occurred in 2015, so take them or leave them.

Female Ultrarunner of the Year

  1. Camille Herron
  2. Magdalena Boulet
  3. Katalin Nagy
  4. Aliza Lapierre

 Male Ultrarunner of the Year

  1. Rob Krar
  2. Zach Miller
  3. Seth Swanson
  4. Joe Fejes

Female Race of the Year

  1. Camille Herron’s IAU 100k World Championships win (interview)
  2. Camille Herron’s IAU 50k World Championships win
  3. Katalin Nagy’s IAU 24-Hour World Championships win

Male Race of the Year

  1. Zach Bitter’s track 100-mile American record at the Desert Solstice Track Invitational (race report)
  2. Alex Varner’s Quad Dipsea course record (AJW’s Taproom article focused on record)
  3. Rob Krar’s Western States 100 win (interview)

Female Surprise of the Year

  • Devon Yanko’s Javelina Jundred win

Male Surprise of the Year

  • Tony Migliozzi’s IAU 50k World Championships win (interview)

Female Rookie of the Year

Male Rookie of the Year

Best Trail Running Film of the Year

  • “Kroger’s Canteen” by Salomon Running TV

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. Leave a comment to let us know what your favorite iRunFar video interview of 2015 was and why.

Until next week,

Bottom up!

AJW’s Beer of the Week

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Christmas Morning StoutThis week’s Beer of the Week comes from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, Virginia. This holiday season, Hardywood has pulled out all the stops and crafted four versions of their incredibly popular and delicious Gingerbread Stout. I had the opportunity to sample all four earlier this week and have to say their Christmas Morning Stout is extraordinary. The geniuses at Hardywood took their classic stout and conditioned it over locally roasted coffee beans to create a milk stout that is simply amazing. At 9.2% it’s not exactly sessionable, but I must say well worth the $15.99 price.

Call for Comments (from Meghan)

  • What would be your picks in each of AJW’s categories? Why did you make those choices?
  • What was your favorite iRunFar interview of 2015? What makes it your favorite?

There are 2 comments

    1. dgsum

      Yeah, I don't know what category to put it into, perhaps, "Greatest Trail Running Moment of 2015" would do. But when I watched the short video of Gunhild crossing the line I started to cry with joy. Then I showed it to my wife, who also started to cheer and cry!

  1. dgsum

    Though I like "Kroger's Canteen", and most all other Salomon videos, I must say that "The Ultimate Fan", published by Salomon Running back in February is the best! They both capture the MUT spirit but Bill Dooper is too awesome to pass up :-)

  2. JustonHouck

    It's always difficult to rank people and races in our growing sport. So many great achievements. Thanks for making a stab. Not to diminish Ryan Bak's year as he had a stellar one,but rookie? He's been racing ultra's since 2011. I think someone else should be given recognition.

    1. @sharmanian

      Shouldn't a rookie be someone new to ultra running in 2015? Camille and Ryan have dabbled for several years. I remember seeing Camille at Comrades a few years ago and she got something like 10th at Two Oceans around the same point.

  3. ajoneswilkins

    Thanks for the comments: My rationale with "Rookie of the Year" is not that the runners have never run ultras before the current year but rather that they ran enough ultras (at least four) at different distances to be considered ultra runners. Kind of like how Major League Baseball determines their Rookie of the Year. Here is their blurb from the MLB Rule Book:
    "Determining rookie status:
    A player shall be considered a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has (a) exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues; or (b) accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the period of 25-player limit (excluding time in the military service and time on the disabled list)."
    Next year I'll be more explicit with what constitutes a "Rookie"

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