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The 2013 JOTY Awards

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 by in Musings | 0 comments

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for joining us this evening as we present our JRunner Of The Year awards for the 2013 running year. Several random, notable, worthy runners will be honored. Coincidentally, all of them constitute the top 10 in the standings. Hmmmm, I wonder if there’s a correlation.

And so, passing right by the joke-monologue phase of this evening’s events, I present you with the undisputed heavyweight (figuratively speaking) champion of the world, Joel Mandel, who clobbered the old JOTY points record by 22 points.

It should also be noted that the top four placers also broke the 73-point barrier (set last year by co-champions Yaakov Bressler and Steven Weber).

Congratulations Joel, please walk this way to be presented with your award, and be sure to congratulate your fellow awardees as well. Don’t let success get to your head.

For this year’s edition, I will only include the awards, the awardee’s name, the points he earned, and some highlights. I hope that the award names themselves will encapsulate why each awardee received the award (s)he did. I tried to include elements of the runners’ accomplishments in the past year, along with a dash (pun intended) of their personalities. Why the brevity when the people demand full awards?:

1) In some circles (in which I have found myself Venn-Diagrammed into the middle), it’s believed that Loshon Tov is also something one should be careful with.

2) I have many wonderful things to say about myself, but since I’m such an anuf, it’s better not to write them. If I can’t write about myself, I have to be consistent.

3) I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’m currently writing 3 books plus several articles while putting together an issue of TheKnish.com. My writing time is very valuable. I have to prioritize and economize.

Now then:

The Muhammad Ali Floats Like a Butterfly, Stings Like a Bee Award: Joel Mandel, 95 points. Highlight: Came in first among his JRunners peers in 7 NYRR races.

The Fred Devito If If Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You Award: Mordechai Ovits, 82 points. Highlight: Utter domination at the relay, winning all 4 legs.

The Haruki Murakami If You’re Young and Talented, It’s Like You Have Wings Award: Yaakov Bressler, 78 points. Highlight: Ironman.

The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Age is No Barrier Award: Ruth Liebowitz, 77 points. Highlight: 47 races, including 6 marathons, a 50k, and a 60k.

The Forrest Gump I Decided to Go for a Little Run Award: Paul Kentor, 73 points. Highlight: Marathon Maniac Gold status via 9 marathons, a 50k, a 40M, and 50M in a short enough time span to qualify.

The Cake He’s Going the Distance, He’s Going for Speed Award: Matt Katz, 63 points. Highlight: 5 marathons, winner of the JRunners 55k, and three leg wins at the relay.

The I Met Dean Karnazes! Award: Martin Bodek, 50 points. Highlight: PRing for the 3rd straight marathon, and finally going Sub-4:00. Also finally went sub-1:40 for the half marathon, and finished the 55k.

The Steve Prefontaine Guts Award: Jonathan Pittinsky, 45 points. Highlight: First sub-4 marathon; first sub-1:40 half-marathon.

The Ann Trason It Hurts Up to a Point and Then it Doesn’t Get Any Worse Award: Elik Hirsch, 45 points. Highlight: The first Buckle-earning JRunner, finishing the Tesla Herz 100 mile superadventure.

The Kara Goucher Feel the Joy That is Running Award: Yisroel Pupko, 43 points. Highlight: 6 marathons, a 50k, and loving every minute of it.

The Let’s Give These Guys a Round of Applause for Dedicating Themselves to the Continued Nurturing of the JRunners Club Despite Various Hurdles that Would Buckle those Less Determined: Matt Katz, Saul Rosenblum, 1,000,000 points. Highlight: Relay, 5k, with more to come.

And there you have it folks. We had a very successful 2013, and we’re looking forward to a runderfulâ„¢ 2014.

Martin Bodek,

Beat Reporter, JRunners.org

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