Below you will find several polls in which to vote for and I encourage you to read up on the candidates here and then vote for all the categories listed below. Please do not place your vote in the comments if you would like it to count. You don’t need to be from Arizona to vote so share this site with family and friends so we can keep growing this contest. The popular vote will count for 50% of the vote for each category and a five member panel from all over Arizona will count for the remaining 50%. Each panel member’s vote counts 10%. Voting will run from 6:00pm Sunday December 14th through 6:00pm Sunday December 21st. There are a lot of candidates for each award so read their bios. The rules for the contest are pretty simple but I would encourage you to consider the following before placing your vote.
A) The Ultra Runner of the Year should be voted on based on their whole body of work for 2014. It is important to take into consideration what races they ran, who the competition was, and how they fared in these races. Several runners ran races with extremely competitive fields or on the World stage.
B) The Masters’ Ultra Runner of the Year should be voted on based on their whole body of work for 2014. It is important to take into consideration what races they ran, who the competition was, and how they fared in these races.
C) The Best showing in Arizona ultras’ in 2014 One winner will be selected for the individual that did the best in the Arizona race scene. Again it is important to consider the runners whole body of work. This should include finish times, place, competition, and the event. In order to qualify for this award runners must have completed a minimum of 5 Arizona ultras’ in 2014. Two winner’s will be selected in this category. Top male and female vote getter.
D) The Grittiest performance Two winners will be selected for the individuals that fought through adverse conditions to go on and complete an ultra. Runners may have battled storms, sickness, or any kind of adversity to come back and cross the finish line. There will be one male and one female winner in this category.
Winners will have their choice of either Mogollon Monster 100, Stagecoach Line 100 or Gaspin in the Aspen’ 15K, $100 Aravaipa Running credit, or $100 credit to iRun shop in Phoenix. There are just two entries to each race, (2) Aravaipa gift certificates, (1) entry to Mountain to Fountain 15K, and (1) iRun certificate. Once an item has been selected it is no longer available. The top vote getter will also receive entry to the Mountain to Fountain 15K. I encourage everyone that votes to check out the races and products our sponsors are offering up as prizes. Please help support those that help support our passion for running. If you haven’t “liked” the McDowell Mountain Man on the Facebook page please take a second to do so on the right side of the page. We can’t put together great giveaways and contests without the support of the community so please give back. We have the following amazing races and sponsors for 2014.
Prizes are awarded in the following order.
1. Men’s and Women’s Open UROY
2. Men’s and Women’s Master’s UROY
3. Best showing in Arizona ultra’s (Most votes picks first, one male and one female winner)
4. Grittiest performance in 2014 (Most votes picks first, one male and one female winner)
** If a winner of one of the contests opts not to take the prize it will roll down to second place **