The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running has named the 2013 USATF Mountain Runners of the year, Trail Runners of the Year, and Contributor of the Year. The following individuals will be recognized at the USATF Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, on December 6-7.
Mountain men open: Joseph Gray, 29, Lakewood, WA, is the recipient of the Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Award as the 2013 men’s mountain runner of the year. Gray had an outstanding year winning the U.S. Mountain Running Championships title in July, as well as his fifth consecutive NACAC Mountain Championships title. He was the top American at the World Mountain Running Championships in Poland, finishing seventh.
Mountain women open: Stevie Kremer, 29, Crested Butte, CO, won the USA Trail Marathon Championships at the Pikes Peak Marathon coming very close to a record-setting performance. She also posted wins at the 23.5km Limone Extreme Skyrace in Italy, the 31.1km Hermannslauf Race in Germany, and Marathon du Mont Blanc in France. She was second at the highly competitive Sierre-Zinal Mountain Race in Switzerland as well as the USA Mountain Running Championships.
Mountain women master: Magdalena Lewy-Boulet, 40, Oakland, CA, was a newcomer to the mountain scene in 2013. She finished in third place at the USA Mountain Running Championships to earn a spot on her first US Mountain Running Team. She was the top American at the World Mountain Running Championships finishing in eleventh place.
Trail men open: Mario Mendoza, 27,Bend, OR, won the USA 10km Trail Championships, the Dirty Half Marathon, the Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon, Kilian’s Classic 10km in France, Angels Staircase 60km, and the Peterson Ridge Rumble 20 Miler. He finished second overall at the USA 50km Trail Championships.
Trail women open: Stevie Kremer also won this category repeating the title she co-shared last year with Megan Kimmel.
Contributor of the Year – Brian Metzler, Boulder, CO. Metzler’s writing prowess began at the University of Illinois where he studied journalism. He was the founding editor and former associate publisher of Trail Runner and Adventure Sports magazines as well as former senior editor of Running Times magazine and senior editor for Runner’s World — The Trail. Metzler is currently editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine and Competitor.com. His coverage of our sport and commitment to trail, mountain and ultra running extends well beyond his role as a journalist. Metzler is a former member of USATF’s Mountain Ultra Trail Council and he is also a seasoned trail, mountain, and ultra-distance competitor having logged over 70,000 miles in his lifetime racing at distances from 50 yards to 100 miles. His support as a writer, competitor, race director, and coach earned him the designation of Contributor of the Year 2013.
To be considered for the USATF Mountain, Ultra, and Trail running awards an athlete must show top results in U.S. competitions from November 1, 2012 through October 1, 2013, to include mountain races (these may be on paved/gravel surfaces as long as there is significant elevation loss or gain) and trail races of varying length. International results are also considered. The nominee must be an ambassador for the sport. Nominee must be a USATF member for 2013, and to be considered for the masters’ category athlete must be a minimum of 40 years of age.
For a list of past winners, please visit www.usatf.org.