Fourth Annual AJW’s Taproom Year In Ultrarunning Rankings: 2014

AJWs TaproomFor the past three years (end of 2011end 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

  1. Ellie Greenwood
  2. Rory Bosio
  3. Stephanie Howe
  4. Meghan Arbogast

 Male Ultrarunner of the Year

  1. Rob Krar
  2. Max King
  3. Sage Canaday
  4. Jeff Browning

Female Race of the Year

  1. Ellie Greenwood at the Comrades Marathon (race report)
  2. Rory Bosio at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (post-race interview)
  3. Pam Smith at the Angeles Crest 100

Male Race of the Year

  1. Max King at the IAU 100k World Championships (post-race interview, race report)
  2. Zach Miller at the Lake Sonoma 50 Mile (post-race interview)
  3. Rob Krar at the Western States 100 (post-race interview)

Female Surprise of the Year

Male Surprise of the Year

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

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,

Bottoms up!

Stone Brewing Company Enjoy By 12:26:14 DIPAAJW’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?