Canaday, Bracy, Grauch named as Trail Runners of the Year

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Boulder area runners Sage Canaday, Addie Bracy, and Chris Grauch were named in the 2016 USATF Runners of the Year by the Mountain/Ultra/Trail running (MUT) council of long distance running. Canaday and Grauch were named as the Men’s Open and Men’s Master runners in the Sub-Ultra Trail category, while Bracy and Grauch were named as Mountain Runners of the Year. They will be recognized at the USATF Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in December along with Joe Gray of Colorado Springs, Anita Ortiz of Eagle and many others from around the country.

Sage Canaday

Canaday, always a strong contender on the national and international scene set a course record in the Black Canyon 100k in Mayer, AZ with a time of 7:52:26. Canaday recently won the highly competitive USATF Trail Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the 8th Moab Trail Marathon in Moab, UT in November.

Sage Canaday Black Canyon 100K

Courtesy of Aravaipa Running

Addie Bracy

After narrowly missing the Olympic Track Trials qualifying time by a scant 3 seconds, Bracy turned her attention to the trails. She found quick success by placing 2nd for the women at the Pikes Peak Ascent with a time of 2:46:44. Was the top woman finisher at Loon Mountain to make her first USA Mountain Team where she competed in Bulgaria finishing second overall, helping her team win a Bronze medal. Bracy also took the women’s title at the USATF Trail Marathon Championships in Moab, UT in November.

Team USA rockin’ the podium with a bronze medal finish.

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Chris Grauch

In August at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships held in Susa, Italy, Chris demonstrated his master class skills, finishing 29th overall and 7th in his age group. This fall at the USATF Half Marathon Championships held at the Lake Padden Trail Half in Bellingham, Washington, Chris won the Master’s Title while finishing 11th overall. Chris also earned a podium finish at theUSATF Trail Marathon Championships held in Moab, UT.

Grauch was also named USATF Master’s Mountain Runner of the Year in 2015.

Chris Grauch Masters Trail Runner

Photo Nancy Hobbs

USATF Mountain Ultra Trail Runners of the Year

Mountain Runners of the Year

  • Lyndon Ellefson Memorial Mountain Runner of the Year: Joseph Gray, 32, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Master’s Man: Chris Grauch, 44, Nederland, CO
  • Women’s Open: Addie Bracy, 30, Longmont, CO
  • Master’s Woman: Anita Ortz, 52, Eagle CO

Sub-ultra Trail Runners of the Year

  • Men’s Open: Sage Canaday, 31, Boulder, CO
  • Men’s Master: Chris Grauch, 44, Boulder, CO
  • Women’s Open: Megan Roche, 26, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Master’s Woman: Christine Lundy, 46, Sausalito, CA

Ultra Trail Runners of the Year

  • Men’s Open: Jim Walmsley, 26, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Men’s Master: Paul Terranova, 42, Austin, TX
  • Women’s Open: Megan Roche, 26, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Master’s Woman: co-winners Bree Lambert, 48, San Jose, CA & Liza Howard, 44, San Antonio, TX

Ultra Road Runners of the Year

  • Ted Corbitt Memorial Ultra Runner of the Year: Tony Migliozzi, 27, North Canton, OH
  • Men’s Master: Bob Hearn, 51, Portola Valley, CA
  • Ruth Anderson Ultra Runner of the Year: Camille Herron, 33, Warr Acres, OK
  • Master’s Woman: Pam Profitt Smith,42, Salem, OR

Contributor of the Year: Gary Cantrell a/k/a lazarus lake is the Contributor of the Year. Gary’s contributions to the ultrarunning community are widespread and unrivaled.  He has been a contributing writer for Ultrarunning magazine since the early 80s, a popular member of the ultralist community, and the founder of numerous unique ultra events including the infamous Barkley Marathons, Strolling Jim 40 Miler, the Last Annual Vol State, the Barkley Fall Classic and the Race for the Ages.

For a list of past winners in the other categories, please visit www.usatf.org.