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.
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