UltraRunning Magazine announces Mike Morton and Ellie Greenwood as their 2012 Ultra Runners of the Year

Mike Morton of Lithia, Florida and Ellie Greenwood of North Vancouver, British Columbia have been voted the 2012 UltraRunning magazine North American ultramarathon runners of the year.

Morton, 41, a Master Sergeant in the US Army Special Operations Command, won all five races he entered in 2012, including Badwater, a 135-mile race across Death Valley in July. He set course records at both the Umstead 100-Mile Race in North Carolina and the KEYS 100-Mile Race in the Florida Keys. His year culminated in winning the World 24-Hour Championships at Katowice, Poland, where set an American record with 172.457 miles. Western States 100 Mile winner Timothy Olson of Ashland, Oregon finished second in the voting, just ahead of Bend, Oregon’s Max King.  Another Oregonian, Hardrock 100 Mile winner Hal Koerner, finished fourth.

Greenwood, who won for the second straight year, was a unanimous winner for the women, placing first on all 24 ballots. Originally from Fife, Scotland, she has lived in Canada for the past 13 years. Greenwood, 33, won the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run in June, breaking the women’s course record set in 1994 by the legendary Ann Trason. In all, she won eight ultramarathon races during the year, including a course record win at the venerable JFK 50 Mile in Maryland.

For more information go to: http://www.ultrarunning.com/ultra/features/news/morton-and-greenwood-name.shtml

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USATF Accepting Nominations for Runner of the Year

Each year the USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Council awards runner of the year awards in Mountain, Ultra and Trail Categories, both open and master.   The following criteria should be used when nominating an athlete:

  1. Nominated athlete must show top results in U.S. mountain/ultra/trail competitions for 2012 (November 1, 2011 through October 1, 2012).  For mountain and trail runners, this will 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 lengths below the ultra distance.  USATF ultra runners of the year will be based on results on trail and ultra road courses above the marathon distance in both national and international competition.
  2. The nomination window is October 1st-October 25th.
  3. Show top results in international competitions for 2012
  4. Be an ambassador for the sport – athlete promotes and supports mountain ultra and/or trail running
  5. Be a USATF member for the current voting year – athlete MUST have a current USATF membership
  6. To be considered for the masters category, athlete must be a minimum of 40 years of age.

To nominate an athlete or contributor, click on the link below.  It is imperative that you include a list of results and/or accomplishments of the athlete as this will be the criteria with which nominees are compared.

Note: If you feel an athlete is deserving of two categories (for e.g. Trail Runner of the Year and Ultra Runner of the Year), please submit a nomination for each of the categories.

Thank you for your support of Mountain, Ultra and Trail athletics.

Nominate an Athlete or Contributor

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2012 US National 24-Hour Team

USA Track & Field Mountain, Ultra & Trail (MUT) RunningCouncil has announced the selection of 2012 US National 24- Hour Team. USA and will compete in Katowice, Poland, at the IAU 24- Hour World Cup on Saturday & Sunday, September 8-9, 2012.

The following will comprise the 2012 USA National 24-Hour Team:

Men (Qualifying Mark-135 miles minimum)

1) Serge Arbona, 156.49 miles, 9/18/2010, N Coast 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH (AUTO)
2) Philip McCarthy, 153.37 miles, 9/17/2011, N Coast 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH (AUTO)
3) Jonathan Savage, 146.28 miles, 9/17/2011, N Coast 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH (AUTO)
4) Mike Morton 163.90 miles 9/24/2011, Hinson Lake 24 Hr, Rockingham, NC
5) Jon Olsen, 158.53 miles, 5/6/2012, N Coast Spring 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH
6) Harvey Lewis, 142.86 miles, 6/3/2012, FANS 24 Hr, Minneapolis, MN


1) Joe Fejes, 142.08 miles, 5/6/2012, N Coast Spring 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH

Women (Qualifying Mark- 120 miles minimum)

1) Connie Gardner, 144.72 miles, 9/17/2011, N Coast 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH (AUTO)
2) Deb Horn, 131.75 miles, 9/17/2011, N Coast 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH (AUTO)
3) Sabrina Moran, 147.90 miles, 5/6/2012, N Coast Spring 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH
4) Anne Lundblad, 140.26, 12/31/2011, Freedom Park, Morganton, NC
5) Suzanna Bon, 136.67 miles, 5/6/2012, N Coast Spring 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH
6) Carilyn Johnson 130.92 miles, 12/17/2011, Desert Solstice, Phoenix, AZ


1) Lana Haugberg, 128.71 miles, 6/3/2012, FANS 24 Hr, Minneapolis, MN
2) Lisa Bliss, 125.98 miles, 9/17/2011, NCoast 24 Hr, Cleveland, OH
3) Anna Piskorska 122.82 miles 12/29/2011 Across the Years, Phoenix, AZ

Team Staff

Tania Pacev – Team Leader
Mike Spinnler – Asst. Team Leader
Mike Connor – Team Physician

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2012 100k World Championship


Sorry for the late coverage of this exciting race.  Congratulations to Team USA for great performances abroad.  The US Women’s Team won gold yet again, with an individual gold from Amy Sproston.  The men also ran well and picked up the Team Silver.

Below are links to different reports and press coverages from the race.

iRunFar.com 100km Results
iRunFar.com Women’s Team Interview
Dave Riddle’s Race Report
Amy Sproston’s Race Report
Pam Smith’s Race Report
USATF Athlete of the Week

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