As we start a new year of running, let’s begin by celebrating our 2022 trail accomplishments.
At UltraSignup, we like to close the year with a ‘podium finish’ for the everyday runners. The second Annual Keep Trail Running Weird Awards is meant to honor the beautifully weird and free-spirited culture of the trail running community by recognizing five winners nominated by the community and five winners based on crunching the numbers in our database. Hundreds of nominations poured in, and we are thrilled to recognize this year’s group of amazing winners. From someone who inspires people to take up running to someone who exclusively races in Crocs—the Keep Trail Running Weird winners reveal some of the best things about our fantastic sport.
29 races finished. More than 2 a month!
Chris Pabian, an obsessed (dedicated) ultrarunner from western Pennsylvania, completed 29 races in 2022!
Photo (c) John Dolovacky III
598 hours or almost 24 days spent racing.
Nate Dirvin, a proud father, school counselor, ocean lifeguard, and United States Coast Guard member who has found that through the sport of ultrarunning he can “embody the very nature of selfless service” achieved through charity efforts and motivating others to do the same—the essence of the Coast Guard’s core values!
1,750 Miles! That’s longer than Miami, Florida to Burlington, Vermont.
Mike Smith has been running ultras for 22 years and really enjoys 100-mile races!
In their first year of racing with UltraSignup, they finished 12 races!
Most DFLs (dead freakin’ last finishes)
Back-to-back champion Mike Melton! Mike, age 65, is a lifelong runner who has morphed from a really average ultrarunner into being reasonably good at timing and scoring races of all sorts, specializing in short-loop fixed-time ultras.
Yuki Chorney, 856 Votes
Whether it’s one or 100 miles, a road or a trail race, you can expect to see Yuki in a bedazzled outfit.
Jen Golbeck, 2383 Votes
She received two separate nominations. Get inspired by reading them!
Blitz the Spitz, 334 Votes
Blitz is a Japanese Spitz that loves pacing his humans and giving bad ultra-running advice to strangers online. When you’re feeling down he will try to cheer you up with some licks, some beer, or by making you chase his fluffy butt to keep you going!
Shannon Brandl, 620 Votes
“I was going for my first 100-mile finish when I felt a pop at mile 98. I now have a titanium rod in my left femur. Thank goodness for Yeti trail runners, who rallied to help me.”
Susan is a runner who lives in Bend, Oregon, and resolved for 2023 to race less and fun-run way more! And this is going to be her first time in Europe!