The Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running has named the 2013 USATF ultra runners of the year. The following individuals were recognized at the USATF Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, today, December 6, 2013.
Men's Open Ultra Runner of the Year: Jon Olsen, 39, Modesto, CA, was named the Ted Corbitt Memorial Ultra Runner of the Year. Olsen was the gold medalist at the IAU 24-hour World Championships in The Netherlands, amassing 167.568 miles. His performance led the men's team to a gold medal finish. Olsen’s other victories included the Desert Solstice 100 Miler with a time of 12:29:37, the Tahoe Rim Trail 50km with a time of 4:55:09, and the Echo Summit 50km in a time of 4:56:09. At the Self-Transcendence 24-hour run in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Olsen set a pending track and absolute 100 mile American record of 11:59:28
Women's Open Ultra Runner of the Year: Sabrina Little, 27, Waco TX, was named the Ruth Anderson Ultra Runner of the Year. Little earned a silver medal at the IAU 24Hour World Championships Steenburgen, completing a new American record distance of 152.03 miles. Her performance helped lead the way to a gold-medal finish for Team USA. Little placed third at the USA 100km National Trail Championships at Bandera, TX.
Men's Master's Ultra Runner of the Year: Joe Fejes, 47, Hoschton, GA. Fejes finished first at the Dessert Solstice 24 Hour running156.6 miles. He finished10th at the IAU 24 Hour World Championships and set a course record of 329 miles to win the Across the Years 72 Hour Race. He also notched victories at the Destin Beach 24 Hour running 134 miles, the Vol State 500km timed in 80 hours 10 min 16 seconds, and the Hinson Lake 24 Hour running 141 miles.
Women's Master's Ultra Runner of the Year: Suzanna Bon, 49, Sonoma, CA. Bon was the bronze medalist at the IAU 24 Hour World Championships, and a member of the gold-medal women’s championship team. She was top finisher at the Chimera 100 Miler running 21:44:54, the Golden Gate 50km running 4:45:31, the Ruth Anderson 100km in 8:48:48, and the Flagstaff to Grand Canyon 100 Miler running 21:01:00. She finished seventh at the 68 mile Coyote Cohorts Backbone Trail running a time of 15:26.
To be considered for these awards, an athlete must show top results in U.S. competitions from November 1, 2012 through October 1, 2013, to include races at the ultra distance (distances beyond the marathon). 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.