Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Semick, Roes Named 2009 Runners of the Year

 As many expected, Geoff Roes and Kami Semick won the UltraRunning Magazine Ultramarathoners of the Year. Geoff also picked up the performance of the year with his course record at Wasatch. Congrats to 83-year-old Bob Hayes and Dipal Cunningham for their Age Group Ultramarathoner of the Year Awards; check out their stats below!

Be sure to stop by Geoff's blog and give him a congrats!

- SD

(from UltraRunning Magazine)

Semick, Roes Named 2009 Runners of the Year

Kami Semick of Bend, Oregon and Geoff Roes of Douglas, Alaska have been voted the 2009 UltraRunning Magazine North American ultramarathoners of the year.

Semick won all six races she ran in 2009, including two world championship events, the IAU 100km World Championships in Belgium and the IAU 50km World Championships in Gibraltar. She was also the winner of three of North America’s most competitive events, the Miwok 100km race and the American River 50 Mile, both in northern California, and the White River 50 Mile near Mt. Rainier in Washington. Semick, who also won the award in 2008, received first place votes from all 20 of the voters, the first unanimous selection since Ann Trason in 1998. Semick’s win at the 100km World Championship was voted the outstanding performance of the year.
Jamie Donaldson of Littleton, Colorado finished a distant second in the voting, with Krissy Moehl of Seattle taking third. Donaldson won the Badwater 135 Mile race across Death Valley for the second consecutive year. Moehl was the winner of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc 103 Mile race in Chamonix, France.

Roes set course records in four of the five races he completed during the year, including the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah, which was voted the outstanding individual performance of the year. Roes also finished under the existing course record in the only race he lost in 2009, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile in Sausalito, California, where he finished second to Uli Steidl of Seattle.

Roes out-polled 2006 winner Karl Meltzer of Sandy, Utah with Michael Wardian of Arlington, Virginia placing third. Meltzer won five 100-mile races in 2009, but tellingly placed second to Roes at the Wasatch Front 100 in September. Wardian was the top American in both the World Championship races, placing third in the 50km and sixth in the 100km.

In age group awards, Bob Hayes’ 10:47:45 time at the Le Grizz 50 Mile in Whitefish, Montana was honored as the top male performance. Hayes, from Missoula, Montana, is 83 years old. Dipali Cunningham’s stunning total of 514.83 miles at the Self-Transcendence 6-Day Run in New York City was voted top female age group performance. Cunningham, 50, an Australian native living in New York City, posted the best female six-day total ever on American soil.

A panel of 20 voters from all regions of North America submitted ballots this year. An ultramarathon is generally defined as any race longer than a 26.2-mile marathon. There were 493 ultramarathon races held in North America in 2009.


  1. Who was the female performance of the year?

  2. An 83-year-old who can run a 10:47 50-miler...wow!

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  4. It was a hard vote for them, a lot of great runner's! I happy with the winner's for sure!

  5. I think many can find inspiration with her run & efforts.

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  6. Bamboo socks and ability to upload my 5k results? Gotta love spam.

    Personally, I feel the voters and the blogging community in general really discredited Karl's accomplishments this year. Geoff deserves uroy but I think Karl seems to get slighted in the voting. Just my opinion. The voting is going to get more and more difficult with the deepening body of talent flowing into ultra running.

  7. Anons -

    Click through to the story on the UR site and you can see the full votes.

    FF - Is it spam? I don't mind a few comments about running related sites as long as people prove they actually read the post. The Chinese spam ones are killer though - I get 2-10 of these a day, and delete them as fast as I can. My pals tell me I get these because my Google Page Rank is high, so links from my site help boost Page Rank of their sites. Who knows.


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