In the end, it was Flagstaff, AZ's Rob Krar and Littleton, CO's Michele Yates who garnered the top prize much in thanks to their consistent placing in the world's most competitive ultras.
|(Rob Krar, photo courtesy of Galen Burrell)|
Just to give you an idea of what it took to win UROY this year, here's who came in 2nd-6th in the rankings:
2. Jon Olsen, who won gold at the IAU 24-Hour World Championship and set a new AR for the 100-mile, 11:59:28, being the first American to break 12 hours.
3. Sage Canaday, with five wins this year including Lake Sonoma, Bandera, Speedgoat, Tarawera, and Cayuga Trails.
4. Tim Olson, who won Western States and had eight other top finishes in the worlds biggest ultras. Not bad for a new dad!
5. Ian Sharman, who set a new Grand Slam record in his epic battle with Nick Clark, placing no less than 4th at each event and winning Leadville just for good measure.
6. Zach Bitter, who set a new 12-hour world record (101 miles) and a new 100-mile AR (11:47) in December, as well as clocking a 5:12 at the Chicago Lakefront 50-mile, the fastest 50-miler in over 20 years.
Here's how 2nd-6th ranked:
2. Pam Smith, who won Western States and the American River 50m, ran the 2nd fastest 100-mile of all-time (14:11), and the fastest 50-miler of the year at Autumn Leaves 50m (6:11). You know it's a tough field is winning States and setting world class marks isn't enough!
3. Rory Bosio, who crushed the course record at UTMB, and placed top five in four other big competitions.
4. Meghan Arboghast, who at age 52 held her own with wins at Way Too Cool, Ice Age, and many top finishes.
5. Cassie Scallon, who mastered the 50-mile this year with wins at Ice Age, Lake Sonoma, and securing a national title at Tussey Mountainback, as well as many other top 5 finishes.
6. Connie Gardner, who clocked seven wins including five 100-milers, and a 100-mile national title.
A simply outstanding year for all of these runners! Congrats all around...