AJW’s Taproom 2023 in Ultrarunning Awards – iRunFar


AJW's TaproomFor the previous 11 years, I’ve posted some year-end ultrarunning awards. I wish to introduce the twelfth annual AJW’s Taproom 12 months in Ultrarunning Awards for 2023. You’ll be able to try my awards from the top of 2011201220132014201520162017201820192021 and 2022. I did one thing a bit completely different in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

These should not scientific in any manner, and the scoring system is made up completely by me, however I borrowed a few of the standards from the “Ultrarunning Journal” awards, which state: “It is a North American award. To be eligible for consideration, an athlete have to be a full-time North American resident (no matter their citizenship), or be a U.S., Canadian or Mexican citizen (no matter the place they reside.)”

My rankings on no account characterize an exhaustive research, nor do they faux to be absolutely consultant of all that occurred in 2023 — so take them or go away them. Right here goes!

Girls’s Ultrarunner of the 12 months

  1. Courtney Dauwalter
  2. Katie Schide (U.S., lives in France)
  3. Emily Hawgood (Zimbabwe, lives within the U.S.)
  4. Tara Dower
Courtney Dauwalter- 2023 Hardrock 100 - Maggie Gulch

Courtney Dauwalter climbs amongst the 2023 Hardrock 100 wildflowers. Picture: iRunFar/Eszter Horanyi

Males’s Ultrarunner of the 12 months

  1. Jim Walmsley (U.S., lives half time in France)
  2. Zach Miller
  3. Tyler Inexperienced
  4. Mathieu Blanchard (Canada, lives in France)

Girls’s Efficiency of the 12 months

  1. Courtney Dauwalter’s course report on the Western States 100 (interview)
  2. Katie Schide’s second place and underneath the prior course report on the Western States 100 (interview)
  3. Camille Herron’s course report on the Spartathlon

Males’s Efficiency of the 12 months

  1. Charlie Lawrence’s 50-mile world report on the Tunnel Hill 50 Mile (interview)
  2. Jim Walmsley’s course report at UTMB (interview)
  3. Jonathan Rea’s course report on the Javelina 100 Mile
Jim Walmsley - 2023 UTMB - first man at finish

On his fifth try, Jim Walmsley put collectively all of the items of UTMB for a win and new course report. Picture: iRunFar/Meghan Hicks

Girls’s Rookie of the 12 months

[Author’s Note: For the purposes of my Rookie of the Year award, I consider a runner to be a rookie if 2023 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 2023 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.]

Males’s Rookie of the 12 months

Girls’s Shock of the 12 months

  • The margin by which Courtney Dauwalter set a course report on the Western States 100

Males’s Shock of the 12 months

  • Charlie Lawrence’s 50-mile world report on the Tunnel Hill 50 Mile
Charlie Lawrence - 50 mile world record - 2023 Tunnel Hill 50 Mile - photo 2

A fast second of support for Charlie Lawrence en path to a brand new 50-mile world report on the 2023 Tunnel Hill 50 Mile. Picture: Zack Lever/@TrailLive

Girls’s FKT of the 12 months

  • Nina Bridges’s ladies’s supported FKT on the Colorado Path within the east to west path, utilizing the Collegiate East variant

Males’s FKT of the 12 months

Greatest Path Working Movie of the 12 months

Most Inspirational Individual of the 12 months

Bottoms up!

AJW’s Beer of the Week

This week’s Beer of the Week comes from Stone Brewing in San Diego, California. Their Stone Smoked Porter is a deep, darkish, smoky porter with a creamy head and a scrumptious end. With a touch of the everyday chocolate and low flavors of most porters, Stone Smoked is exclusive and acquainted .

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