Geoff Roes of Douglas has been voted the 2009 UltraRunning Magazine North American ultra-marathoner of the year.
During the year, Roes set course records in four of the five events he participated in and completed, including the Wasatch Front 100 Mile Endurance Run in Utah, which was voted the outstanding individual performance of the year. Roes also won the HURT 100 Mile Run in Hawaii, the Bear 100 Mile Run in Idaho and the Mountain Masochist 50 Mile Run in Virginia, setting course records in all of them. In the only race he lost in 2009, the North Face Endurance Challenge 50 Mile in California, he finished second to Uli Steidl of Seattle. Both runners finished under the previous course record.
Kami Semick of Bend, Oregon, was voted the female ultra-marathoner of the year. She won all six races she ran in 2009, including two world championship events, the IAU 100 km World Championships in Belgium and the IAU 50km World Championships in Gibraltar. She was also the winner of three of North America's most competitive events, the Miwok 100 km race and the American River 50 Mile, both in northern California, and the White River 50 Mile near Mt. Rainier in Washington.
Semick, who also won the award in 2008, received first place votes from all 20 of the voters, the first unanimous selection since Ann Trason in 1998. Her win at the 100 km World Championship was voted the outstanding performance of the year.
A panel of 20 voters from all regions of North America submitted ballots this year. An ultra-marathon is generally defined as any race longer than a 26.2-mile marathon. There were 493 ultra-marathon races held in North America in 2009.
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