USATF’s Mountain, Ultra & Trail Running Council announces 2017 runners of the year

Press release from USA Track & Field’s MUT Council. ATRA Executive Director Nancy Hobbs is also USATF MUT Council chairperson and ATRA Director of Marketing Richard Bolt is a member of the council and MUT executive committee.

The USA Track & Field Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running has named the 2017 USATF Mountain Runners of the year, Trail Runners of the Year, Ultra Runners of the Year, and Contributor of the Year. The following individuals will be recognized at the USATF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio in December.

Mountain Runner of the Year Joseph Gray at the 2017 Birkie Trail Run.

Mountain Runners of the Year:

-Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Mountain Runner of the Year: Joseph Gray, 33, Colorado Springs, CO
-Master’s Man: Chris Grauch, 45, Boulder, CO
-Women’s Open: Addie Bracy, 31, Longmont, CO (pictured top of page)
-Master’s Woman: Sara Wagner, 45, Flagstaff AZ

Sub-Ultra Trail Runner of the Year Renee Metivier at the 2017 Moab Trail Marathon.

Sub-Ultra Trail Runners of the Year:

-Men’s Open: Mario Mendoza, 31, Bend, OR
-Men’s Master: Chris Grauch, 45, Boulder, CO
-Women’s Open: Renee Metivier, 35, Bend, OR
-Master’s Woman: Corinne Walton, 47, Portland, OR

Ultra Trail Runner of the Year Max King. (Photo by Max King)

Ultra Trail Runners of the Year:

-Men’s Open: Max King, 37, Bend, OR
-Men’s Master: Chad Lasater, 45, Houston, TX
-Women’s Open: Courtney Dauwalter, 32, Golden, CO
-Master’s Woman: Caroline Boller, 42, Solvang, CA

Camille Herron on her way to a 100 mile world record.

Ultra Road Runners of the Year:

-Ted Corbitt Memorial Ultra Runner of the Year: Patrick Reagan, 30, Savannah, GA
-Men’s Master: Olivier LeBlond, 45, Arlington, VA
-Ruth Anderson Memorial Ultra Runner of the Year: Camille Herron, 34, Warr Acres, OK
-Master’s Woman: Pam Profitt Smith, 43, Salem, OR

Contributor of the Year:

Tracey Outlaw:  Tracey has been the point man for social media by starting a Facebook page “U.S. National 24 Hour Running,” which has over 6800 followers. Tracey has posted information regarding 24 hour events as well as events at varying distances, in the United States and all over the World. Tracey traveled to the 2017 IAU World 24 Hour Championship so he could report and broadcast in real-time, and attended a number of qualifying events including Desert Solstice 24 Hour and Run4Water 24 Hour. In many cases, for events which may or may not have real-time results broadcast, Tracey writes commentary and makes intermediate and final reports and also researches and provides posts on multiple athletes. In many cases, people at the event send data to Tracey from which he weaves a captivating story.

As well, Tracey’s work and constant messaging has been essential for fund raising of USAIcebandana.com, which provides funding for U.S. 24 Hour Team, and other charitable endeavors. Tracey is as dedicated to the promotion of the U.S. National 24 Hour Team and many, many other events and athletes in a volunteer capacity as any “official” member of any staff or event he covers. The promotion of our Teams and our athletes and events is greatly enhanced through various social media outlets by Tracey Outlaw. His dedication to ultrarunning goes beyond the call of someone who is not compensated for his work.

For a list last years award winners see this article on trailrunner.com.

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