The 2017 Joshby Running Award Winners

First off, I want to thank everyone who was involved with The Joshby Running Awards this year. Not just my adorably cute announcers during the Awards Show last night, but everyone that nominated fellow runners, races, etc. for the 16 categories — and voted! I was floored that over 200 people voted for each category. Amazing.

When I started The Joshbys over 12 years ago, I did it as fun way to acknowledge my family and dear friends. I didn’t do it with Facebook (didn’t have one back then) or a blog. I just did it after a family dinner and gave out the awards. It was a fun way to pick favorites (yeah, I play favorites).

Over the years they just kinda grew during my time in college and with Facebook. I’ve always had fun with them. And, hopefully those people in my life feel the same way. It’s a way for me to tell others what they mean to me and their impact in my life.

Several years ago I started a running portion to The Joshbys when I began my journey. I never would have imagined that they became what they have now. I used to pick the nominees and winners myself, but the past couple of years I decided that these awards aren’t really just about ME — it’s a celebration of the running community. So the nominations and voting are done by fellow runners.

And, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Just like when they began in 2005, I still have fun with the awards. And, I’ve done a Facebook Live video the past couple of years with my nieces and nephews helping present the awards. They’ve had a blast doing it and couldn’t wait to do it again this year. This might be an annual tradition.

Anyways, I had a number of people if I had a list of the winners. I decided to list them here along with the runner-ups. And, if you’re so inclined to watch the Facebook Live video I’ve also posted it below.

But, once again, thank you to all those who have been a part of this year’s Joshby Awards — but, even more than that, thank you for being a part of my life, journey and running experience. I love this running community I am a part of and the people that make it so great.

Let’s now go out and make 2018 the best yet!

Runner of the Year
Winner: Zac Zimmerman
Runner-up: Melissa Soper

Male Runner of the Year
Winner: Dave Earnshaw
Runner-up: Ron Cragun

Female Runner of the Year
Winner: Karrie Middaugh
Runner-up: Amanda Bjarnson

Trail Runner of the Year
Winner: Cory Reese
Runner-up: Melissa Soper

Inspirational Runner of the Year
Winner: Robert Merriman
Runner-up: Don & Russell Hutchings

Pacing Team of the Year
Winner: Run Your Race Pacers
Runner-up: American Flyers Pacing Team

Pacer of the Year
Winner: Corey & Monnica Skinner
Runner-up: Julianna Fulton

Running Club of the Year
Winner: Run4fun
Runner-up: Addict II Athlete

Trail Race of the Year
Winner: Squaw Peak 50
Runner-up: Elephant Rock Trail Run

Marathon of the Year
Winner: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon
Runner-up: Ogden Marathon

Half Marathon of the Year
Winner: AF Canyon Race Against Cancer
Runner-up: Drop13 Big Cottonwood Half Marathon

5K/10K Race of the Year
Winner: Run of Remembrance 10K/5K
Runner-up: Winter Running Series 10K

Race Medal of the Year
Winner: Runtastic Events Trilogy Medal
Runner-up: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon

Race Shirt of the Year
Winner: Timp Half
Runner-up: Revel Big Cottonwood Marathon

Race Company of the Year
Winner: Runtastic Events
Runner-up: Revel

Running Store of the Year
Winner: Wasatch Running Center
Runner-up: Runners Corner