Sunday, March 19, 2006

Scott Jurek named ultra runner of the year

Proctor Journal
Scott Jurek has been selected as the 2005 North American ultrarunner of the year by UltraRunning Magazine.
It was the third consecutive year that Jurek led the voting and he is the third man to be named ultrarunner of the year three times. In the 2005 tabulation, Jurek just edged out Boulder, Colorado’s Dave Mackey.
Jurek was also second in balloting for having the Men’s Performance of the Year for his efforts in the Badwater 135 Mile.
Jurek, from Seattle, Washington, won the Western States 100 Mile for a seventh consecutive year, cementing his reputation as the greatest runner in the history of that prestigious event.
The 32-year-old Proctor native, then traveled south to Death Valley just two weeks later to attempt the famed Kiehl’s Badwater 135 Mile. In that race he took more than a half-hour from the course record (formerly held by one of the world’s best 24-hour runners), completing the distance in 24 hours, 36 minutes, winning easily.
A board of 15 voters from all regions of North America submitted ballots this year. Complete voting results appear in the March, 2006 issue of UltraRunning.


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