The 2015 Joshby Running Awards

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This is my eighth year doing The Joshby Awards — when I began my life was much, much, MUCH different. The biggest difference — my weight — and lack of running. It’s easy to say that my life is the life of a runner. It’s changed and impacted my life in many ways.

I’ve been giving Joshby Running Awards now for a few years and while the nomination and selection committee is me, myself and I — I’ve decided this year to turn over the selection of the winners to — my running friends.

Sure, I select the nominees, but these awards are a celebration of running, the running community and the crazy people who had the audacity to go out for a run — and never come back.

So as you read the winners, please know that these are people the COMMUNITY — not just myself — look up to and honor. We’ve got some very awesome runners in our little Utah running community and I want to celebrate that.

So here are the 2015 Joshby Running Awards — as chosen by YOU!


2015 RUNNER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the best overall, most inspiring and/or accomplished runner of the past year.

The nominees are —

  • Wan Ho Kou
  • Angie Pace
  • Ruthie Veater
  • Johnny Ahn

WINNER: WAN HO KOU

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RUNNER-UP: Angie Pace


2015 MALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the best overall, most inspiring and/or male accomplished runner of the past year.

The nominees are —

  • Ryan Delaney
  • Cory Reese
  • Reese Thorne
  • Jorge Garcia, Jr.
  • Ty Hansen

WINNER: CORY REESE

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RUNNER-UP: Jorge Garcia, Jr.


2015 FEMALE RUNNER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the best overall, most inspiring and/or accomplished female runner of the past year.

The nominees are —

  • Sonja Davidson
  • Shaylee Hurst
  • Janet Huffman
  • Monica Rasmussen
  • Connie Lyons

WINNER: SHAYLEE HURST

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RUNNER-UP: Connie Lyons


2015 MOST INSPIRATIONAL
RUNNER OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the most inspirational runner of the past year — through their journey, overcome obstacles and/or reached accomplishments.

The nominees are —

  • Elsha Stockseth
  • Timothy Gill
  • JessicaSue Hicks
  • Meridith Ethington

WINNER: MERIDITH ETHINGTON

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RUNNER-UP: Elsha Stockseth


2015 RACE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the best race organization that has races within the state of Utah — these variables are based off course, race experience, medals, t-shirts … the full gamut!

The nominees are —

  • Run13
  • Revel
  • G.O.A.L.
  • Runtastic Events
  • On Hill Events
  • City of St. George
  • Extra Mile Racing
  • Top of Utah

WINNER: RUNTASTIC EVENTS

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RUNNER-UP: Extra Mile Racing


2015 MARATHON OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the best race organization that has races within the state of Utah — these variables are based off course, race experience, medals, t-shirts … the full gamut!

The nominees are —

  • Revel Big Cottonwood
  • St. George
  • Ogden
  • Utah Valley
  • Layton
  • Top of Utah
  • Huntsville
  • Salt Lake City

WINNER: ST. GEORGE MARATHON

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RUNNER UP: Revel Big Cottonwood


2015 HALF MARATHON OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the best race organization that has races within the state of Utah — these variables are based off course, race experience, medals, t-shirts … the full gamut!

The nominees are —

  • Drop 13 Big Cottonwood
  • Vigor Big Cottonwood
  • Snow Canyon
  • Mt. Nebo
  • AF Canyon Race for a Cure
  • Run Elevated Little Cottonwood
  • Provo City

WINNER: DROP 13 BIG COTTONWOOD
HALF MARATHON

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RUNNER-UP: Snow Canyon


2015 TRAIL RACE OF THE YEAR

This award goes to the best race organization that has races within the state of Utah — these variables are based off course, race experience, medals, t-shirts … the full gamut!

The nominees are —

  • Antelope Island Buffalo Run
  • Goblin Valley Ultra
  • Zion 100
  • Park City Trail Series
  • The Dam 15 Miler
  • Wasatch 100

WINNER: ANTELOPE ISLAND
BUFFALO RUN

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RUNNER-UP: Goblin Valley Ultra

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