I already had this whole posting pre-typed and then the Glenn Redpath fan club came out in full force!! Looks like the young buck Aaron Heidt blazed the first half of the competition, but the ever experienced Redpath saved his best for last and finished stronger than anyone else in the poll. He dominated the final 24hr and come out with a convincing 43% of the total votes cast! At over 100 for the men and just under for the women I'm very excited by the interest this garnered for all involved!
On the Women's side congrats to Ellie Greenwood for her dominating performance at the Stormy 50miler in Squamish where she crushed the women's course record and narrowly missed out on winning the race outright, finishing just minutes back in 3rd overall! At 37% of the vote she won convincingly.
Top three performances as voted on are:
1) 37% Ellie Greenwood CR Stormy 50miler
2) 22% Tamsin Anstey for her 50mile debut at Mountain Masochist
3) TIE 13% Sue Lucas & Tracy Garneau for Sulphur Springs & HURT respectively
For the men,
1) 43% Glenn Redpath for significantly lowering the course record at Canada's older 100 miler (15 years)
2) 32% Aaron Heidt for taking down the very established course record at the 20 year old Knee Knacker 30 miler
3) 9% Ryne Melcher for running the third fastest time in Mt Si 50 miler history...while on a bum knee that needed surgery!
HUGE CONGRATS to everyone! Like Bruce Grant mentioned, Canadians seemed to disappear from the top of the ultra scene for a few years but it looks like we're back in full force again now and hopefully many will have breakout races in 2010! Let's make this poll even harder to decide upon in 12 months time!!
OK, here it is, Canadian Ultra Runner Of The Year. Poll to your right, stats below. (Poll will run till 11pm on Monday night)
1st HURT 100miler / 2nd Diez Vista 50k / 2nd Stormy 50miler / 3rd North Face 50miler Champs
1st Diez Vista 50k / 1st Frosty Mtn 50k / 1st Mtn Masochist 50miler
1st Orcas Island 50k / 1st CR Dirty Duo 50k / 1st CR Chuckanut 50k / 1st Knee Knacker 50k / 1st CR Stormy 50 Miler / 1st CR Run For Toad 50k
3rd HURT 100miler / 3rd Sulphur Springs 100miler / 8th Badwater 135miler / 1st Arkansas Traveller 100miler
1st Sulphur Springs 100miler / 1st Dirty Girls 24hr / 5th Lean Horse 100miler / 1st Halliburton 100miler
4th Way Too Cool 50k / 5th Diez Vista 50k / 2nd Frosty Mtn 50k / 2nd Mtn Masochist 50miler
2nd Dirty Duo 50k / 1st CR Chuckanut 50k / 1st CR Knee Knacker 50k
1st CR Sinister 7 90miler / 1st Stormy 100miler / 1st Frosty Mtn 50k / 1st Walk In Park 54k
3rd Bull Run Run 50miler / 1st Sulphur Springs 50miler / 1st CR Laurel Highlands 50k / 22nd World Trail Challenge 68k France / 1st CR Dirty Girls 6hr / 1st Halliburton Trail 50miler / 3rd Oil Creek 50miler / 7th Mtn Masochist 50miler
1st CR Halliburton 100miler / (1 week later!) 2nd Iroquois 100miler / (1 week after that!) 2nd V.Veromont 50miler / 2nd Bull Run Run 50miler / 2nd Bel Monte 50miler / 3rd Greenway 50k / 2nd Massanutten 100miler / 1st CR Dirty Girls 12hr / 7th Mtn Masochist 50miler
(Just for the record here, Melcher was born in the US and he actually cheered when the US juniors beat Canada in OT this week! Take from that what you will...)
1st CFA NYD 50k / 3rd Dirty Duo 50k / 1st Mt Si 50miler / 3rd Portland 50k / 2nd Frosty Mtn 50k / 2nd Run For Toad 50k / 4th Ozark Trail 100miler
(Still heart broken from Canada's loss to the US...like any red blooded Cdn would be!)
3rd CFA NYD 50k / 2nd Orcas Island 50k / 1st CR Dirty Duo 50k / 1st CR Diez Vista 50k / 1st CR CFA 6hr Enduro / 49th Western States 100miler / 4th Knee Knacker 50k / 3rd Run For Toad 50k / 3rd Mountain Masochist 50miler
Have at er, and thanks for taking the time to vote in this 'just for fun' poll!!