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Jurek, Kimball Named UltraRunning Magazine’s Runners of the Year
January 17, 2008
by: Ultrarunning Magazine


Scott Jurek of Seattle and Nikki Kimball of Bozeman, Montana have been voted the 2007 UltraRunning Magazine North American runners of the year.
 
Jurek won Colorado’s Hardrock 100 Mile in July, generally considered the toughest of the 39 100-mile races in North America, and set a new course record of 26:08:34 in the process.  In September he raced against Europe’s finest in the 246-km Spartathlon in from Athens to Sparta, Greece, winning the race in 23:12:14. It is the fourth time in the past five years that Jurek has won the award.

Kimball won the prestigious Western States 100 Mile in June in 18:12:37, the second fastest women’s time in the race’s 34-year history.  She also won the 101.2-mile Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc, Europe’s largest ultramarathon, in a course record 25:43:45 and two of the most competitive 50-mile races in the country, White River in Washington State and Mountain Masochist in Virginia.  Kimball easily out-polled her nearest rivals, California’s Beverly Anderson-Abbs, Anne Lundblad of North Carolina, and Oregon’s Krissy Moehl, who finished in a virtual tie for second.
 
Jurek’s Hardrock win and Krissy Moehl’s women’s course record in the same event were honored as top Performances of the Year.
 
In age group awards, 53-year-old Kevin Setnes’ impressive 7:39:21 100 km at the IAU Championships in Winschoten, Netherlands was honored as the top male performance. Gunhild Swanson, who finished South Dakota’s Lean Horse 100 Mile in 23:13:00 at age 63, was voted the top female performance.
 
A board of 21 voters from all regions of North America submitted ballots this year.  Complete voting results will appear in the March 2008 issue of UltraRunning and on the UltraRunning website at www.ultrarunning.com <http://www.ultrarunning.com> .  UltraRunning, with offices in Healdsburg, California and Denver, Colorado, covers running events that are longer than a 26.2-mile marathon.  
 
2007 UltraRunning Magazine’s Runners of the Year
(first place votes in parentheses)

Men

          1.          Scott Jurek, 34, Seattle, WA (9)          199

          2.          Karl Meltzer, 40, Sandy, UT (5)          153

          3.          Kyle Skaggs, 22, Ashland, OR (3)          137

          4.          Hal Koerner, 31, Ashland, OR           131

          5.          Anton Krupicka, 23, Bozeman, MT (1)          105

          6.          Greg Crowther, 34, Seattle, WA (2)          96

          7.          Akos Konya, 33, Oceanside, CA (1)          84

          8.          Andy Jones-Wilkins, 39, Ketchum, ID          52

          9.          Philip McCarthy, 39, New York, NY          42

          10.          Jasper Halekas, 31, Oakland, CA          32

Performance of the Year

          1.          Scott Jurek’s Hardrock 100 Mile, 26:08:34 (7)          80

          2.          Scott Jurek’s Spartathlon 246 km, 23:12:14 (9)          77

          3.          Lon Freeman’s Miwok 100 km, 8:09:52 (2)          37

          4.          Howard Nippert’s IAU 100 km, 6:49:31          33

          5.          Kyle Skaggs’ Wasatch 100 Mile, 19:35:14 (1)          26
Women

          1.          Nikki Kimball, 36, Bozeman, MT (13)          223

          2.          Bev Anderson-Abbs, 43, Red Bluff, CA (1)          148

          3.          Anne Lundblad, 41, Swannonoa, NC (3)          146

          4.          Krissy Moehl, 30, Bend, OR (2)          145

          5.          Connie Gardner, 43, Medina, OH (2)          132

          6.          Kami Semick, 41, Bend, OR          90

          7.          Annette Bednosky, 41, Jefferson, NC          64

          8.          Devon Crosby-Helms, 25, Seattle, WA          54

          9.          Caren Spore, 39, Davis, CA          45

          10.          Suzanna Bon, 43, Sonoma, CA          38

 

Performance of the Year

          1.          Krissy Moehl’s Hardrock 100 Mile, 29:24:25 (8)          95

          2.          Connie Gardner’s Ultracentric 24-Hour, 145.26 miles (6)          87

          3.          Nikki Kimball’s Tour du Mont Blanc 163 km, 25:43:45 (3)          57

          4.          Jenn Shelton - Rocky Raccoon 100 Mile, 14:57:18 (2)          51

          5.          Nikki Kimball’s Western States 100 Mile, 18:12:37 (1)          31
Age Group Performances of the Year

Men

          1.          Kevin Setnes, 53, WI, IAU 100 km, 7:39:21 (7)          65

          2.          Roy Pirrung, 59, WI Ultracentric 24-Hour, 138.51 miles (2)          47

          3.          John DeWalt, 71, PA, Hardrock 100 Mile, 47:36:23 (5)          46

          4.          Scott Mills, 56, CA, Hardrock 100 Mile, 32:43:17 (3)          32

          5.          Karsten Solheim, 70, AZ, Western States 100 Mile, 29:57:38 (2)          25
Women

          1.          Gunhild Swanson, 63, WA, Lean Horse 100 Mile, 23:13:00 (7)          89

          2.          Nancy March, 59, CA, Leona Divide 50 Mile, 10:06:50 (1)          53

          3.          Juliane Scheberies, 73, CA, Ruth Anderson 50 km, 6:36:23 (2)          41

          4.          Suprabha Beckjord 53, DC, Self-Transcendence 3100 Mile, 58+7:54:27 (4)          35

          5.          Admas Beligne, 54, NY, Pioneer Trek 100 Mile 3-stage, 18:13:14 (3)          

UltraRunning Runners of the Year

1981 – 2007
          1981          Marcy Schwam          Bernd Heinrich

          1982          Marcy Schwam          Stu Mittleman

          1983          Janis Klecker          Bernd Heinrich

          1984          Donna Hudson          Bernd Heinrich

          1985          Sandra Kiddy          Stu Mittleman

          1986          Sandra Kiddy          Chuck Jones

          1987          Mary Hanudel          Charlie Trayer

          1988          Ann Trason          Stefan Fekner

          1989          Ann Trason          Sean Crom

          1990          Ann Trason          Andy Jones

          1991          Ann Trason          Andy Jones

          1992          Ann Trason          Eric Clifton

          1993          Ann Trason          Kevin Setnes

          1994          Ann Trason          Tom Johnson

          1995          Ann Trason          Tom Johnson

          1996          Ann Trason          Tom Johnson

            1997          Ann Trason          Tom Johnson

          1998          Ann Trason          Kevin Setnes

          1999          Daniele Cherniak          Mark Godale

          2000          Deb Bolig          Dan Held

          2001          Ann Trason          Rich Hanna

          2002          Ann Heaslett          Chad Ricklefs

          2003          Nikki Kimball          Scott Jurek


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