Continuing on the heels of our summary of what last year’s women UltraRunners of the Year have been up to in 2022, below we check in with the 2021 list of men who cracked the top 10 UltraRunners of the Year.
Six-time consecutive UltraRunner of the Year, Jim Walmsley, began his season by winning Madeira Island Ultra Trail 115k and establishing a new course record in April, then continued on to win the Ultra Tour du Beaufortain 100k in France in July, along with a fourth-place finish at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in August. Finally, Walmsley prevailed yet again, with a win at the Grand Trail Des Templiers 80k just last month. Will he extend his streak to an unprecedented seven years in a row?
Nick Coury was the UROY runner-up in 2021. He started off his 2022 campaign by winning the Copper Corridor 50k in February, taking second at the Leona Divide 50k in April, finishing in second again at the Ram Party 50-miler in May and coming in eighth at the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run in July. He then won and set a new course record at the Javelina Jangover Night Runs 75k and just last month, finished fifth at the Javelina Jundred.
A 100-mile specialist and third-place UROY in last year’s voting, Arlen Glick won the USATF 100-mile Championships at the Jackpot Ultras this past February, placed third in his very first Western States in June, came in second at Run Rabbit Run in September and finished third at Javelina Jundred last month.
Tyler Green finished fourth last year in the UROY standings. He began his year by winning the Moab Red Hot 55k in February, securing fifth at the Chuckanut 50k in March, taking second at Gorge Waterfalls 50k in April, finishing fourth at Western States in June, coming in 49th at Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc in August and winning the Elk-King’s Trail Races 50k last month.
Fifth last year, Harvey Lewis III pulled wins at the Long Haul 100 in January, the Akamas Blossom Trail Festival 60k in Cyprus in April, Strolling Jim 40-miler in May and the FANS Ultra Races 24-Hour in June. He took third at the Badwater 135 in July, finished in 188th at the Leadville Trail 100 in August, won the Hocking Hills 60k in September and came in with the assist at Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra last month, finishing 75 laps (312.5 miles).
Anthony Costales was ranked sixth in 2021 and kicked off his 2022 year by taking fifth at the Black Canyon Ultras 100k in February, finished in second at the Chuckanut 50k in March and came in tenth at the Lavaredo Ultra Trail 120k in June.
Number seven UROY last year, Hayden Hawks, won the Bryce Canyon Ultras 60k in May and was the runner-up at Western States in June.
Adam Peterman finished eighth in our UROY rankings in 2021. This year, he’s won and set a new course record at both the Chuckanut 50k in March and the Canyons Endurance Runs 100k in April. He also won Western States in June and earlier this month, won the inaugural Trail World Championships 80k in Thailand.
David Sinclair was the ninth-ranked runner at the end of last year. This year, he finished in second at the Canyons Endurance Runs 100k in April, won in a new course record time at the Broken Arrow Skyrace 50k in June, won the Speedgoat 50k in July and won and set a new course record at Run the Rut 50k in September.
Finally, coming in at number 10 UROY in 2021, Jeff Browning placed second at the Sean O’Brien 100k in February, won the Three Days of Syllamo 94-mile stage race in March, established a new course record at the Scout Mountain Ultras 100-miler in June, placed fifth at the Hardrock 100 in July and won the Moab 240 in October. He is also registered for the Desert Solstice 24-hour race in December.
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