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Sunday, January 5, 2014

2013: Year in Review

At the end of 2012, Jo and I moved to northern Utah so I could have the opportunity to have access to some of the best mountains in the country to train on. We bought a small house with direct access to an extensive trail system and I immediately went to work in those mountains. I increased my training mileage, focused on more vertical gain and worked on improving my technical trail running.

I think it paid off. 

I also had the good fortune of joining the best trail running group in the world. I'm not just saying that...Trail Runner Magazine said it first, I'm just repeating a fact. The Happy Utah Mountain Runners (HUMR's) showed me the local trails, ran with me, encouraged me and helped me become a much better runner than I was before I moved to Utah. They really are some of the best people on Earth.

HUMR Nation and Global Domination!

2013 brought me additional sponsors to compliment my existing relationship with Hammer Nutrition. I was featured in several media spots and interviews and finally, at the end of the year, I won the last two races on my schedule. 

It has been an amazing, exciting and educational year. Here's a quick snapshot of my 2013 running season.

Running Stats:

Total Miles- 4043
Avg. Miles Per Day- 11.08
Total Running Days- 335
Total Rest Days- 30
Avg. Miles Per Running Day- 12.06

Total Races- 38
Total Miles Raced- 1673.3
Avg. Miles Per Race- 44.03

If you would rather watch the photo slideshow version, you can click the video below!

                 2013 Year In Review- Youtube

Coldwater Rumble 50M

My season started in Arizona where I ran the Coldwater Rumble 50 miler. I came into this race well rested and feeling good. I love running in the desert.

Coldwater Rumble 50 Miler
5th Place Overall

Running the Caribbean

This was my second year of running and racing in the Caribbean. It's a great way to escape the cold and get some valuable speed work in!

1/27/13 St. Croix 5k         20:19:02 2nd Place
1/28/13 St. Maartan 5M  33:02:42 1st Place
1/29/13 Antigua 8M         55:13:21 3rd Place
1/30/13 St. Lucia 5m        35:42:09 1st Place
2/1/13 Barbados 5k          22:13:12 15th Place

Moab Red Hot 55k

Moab is a favorite place for me to run and train in the winter. I logged a lot of training runs on the red rock, including the miles in this race. I ran Red Hot as a supported training run and had a blast with a lot of great friends.

Moab Red Hot 55k
125th Place (ugh)

Antelope Island Buffalo Run 100M

The Buffalo Run was my first 100 miler for 2013 and it's a home town race. It was brutally cold at night and it almost forced me to DNF.

Antelope Island Buffalo Run
9th Place Overall, 2nd Place Age Group

American River 50M

I ran the American River 50 because I had heard so many people rave about this race. They're all lunatics. I thought the race was ridiculous.

American River 50 Miler
90th Place

Amasa Back

Back in Moab for Amasa. I vowed to run more shorter trail races in 2013 and this was one of them. It's a fun, small race and I had a blast!

Amasa Back 16M
3rd Place

Zion 100

I was back in Zion to finish what I had started the previous year. After suffering my first ever DNF, I made this race a priority for 2013. This is a great race with a great RD. I love running here!

Zion 100
13th Place

Provo City Marathon

I ran the Provo Marathon as a training run. As a bonus, I qualified for Boston in the process and took 7th place overall.

Provo City Marathon
7th Place

Ogden Marathon

I ran Ogden as another training run and I had heard great things about the race. Besides, as a distance runner, I can't turn down a chance to run my hometown marathon. It wasn't bad for a road race.

Ogden Marathon
131st Place

Wyoming Rocky Mountain 50k

This race sounded like fun and I had never ran in Wyoming before. I went out WAY too fast and paid a heavy price, but it was still a pretty cool race.

Wyoming Rocky Mountain 50k
5th Place

Comrades Marathon

The Comrades Marathon was a bucket list race. Spending a week in South Africa was an amazing experience. Running 56 miles under the heat of the African sun, was not so amazing!

Comrades Marathon
453rd Place

Adrenaline Night Run 65K

I was back in Arizona for another ultra. This race began at sunset and it was 106 degrees at the start. It only dropped to 91 at night. The race was brutal and the attrition rate was high. I loved it!

Adrenaline Night Run 65k
2nd Place

Black Hills 100

I ran the Black Hills 100 because it looked like a challenging, low altitude race. It was a beautiful out and back course and I really enjoyed the event. But I won't be back.

Black Hills 100
11th Place

Leadville 50M

Running the Leadville 50 has become an annual tradition for me. It's a great tune-up race before the Leadville 100. It serves as a reminder that 12,000' is no joke!

Silver Rush 50 Miler
35th Place


I came into Speedgoat with tired legs and a lot of big races on the horizon. I fell way behind, wasn't running well and didn't like what was happening. I dropped from the race at Hidden Peak.

Speedgoat 50k

Jupiter Peak

Jupiter Peak Steeplechase is a 16 mile mountain race in Park City and it has a TON of gain for such a short race. I ran this race with my buddy Leon and we had a blast!

Jupiter Peak Steeplechase
32nd Place

El Vaquero Loco 50k

El Vaquero Loco is run on the most beautiful course I have ever set foot on. This race has over 9,000 feet of gain in 31 miles but the scenery will distract you from the pain.

El Vaquero Loco 50k
29th Place

Leadville 100

This was my 3rd Leadville 100 and my 3rd finish. It was also my 3rd failed attempt to go sub 25 hours. I'll keep going back until I get it right.

Leadville Trail 100

Labor Pains Ultra

Labor Pains is technically a 12 hour timed event, but in the three years that I have run it, I have ran a 50k, grabbed a beer and jumped in as a pacer for friends. This year was no different.

Mid Mountain Marathon

The Mid Mountain Trail is one of my favorite local trails for training and I expected to run well at this race. I bonked early and struggled to stay in the race. It could have been worse.

Mid Mountain Trail Marathon
12th Overall

The Bear 100

The Bear is another local race and I was excited to get a chance to run it. It's a legit mountain 100 and is as brutal as it is beautiful. I loved every painful step and will back in 2014!

The Bear 100
33rd Place

Ingalls Creek Trail FKT

The FKT isn't a race but it was probably the most meaningful run of mine in 2013. That was the very first trail I ever set foot on as a child and it holds a lot of special meaning to me. I shaved over an hour off the old record.

Pony Express 100

I had high hopes for the Pony Express 100. I was feeling strong and definitely felt like a podium spot was within reach, and possibly the win. I ran hard and fell a little shy of the 1st spot, thanks to the strong running of Matt VanHorn.

Pony Express Trail 100
2nd Place Overall

Javelina Jundred 100M

One week after Pony Express, I was at it again, this time I was running the Javelina Jundred down in Arizona. This was my third JJ100 and I still love that race.

Javelina Jundred
8th Place Overall

Moab Trail Marathon

The Moab Trail Marathon is a tricky, technical course with a a lot of mental barriers for me. I really enjoy the race but can't seem to learn how to run it correctly.

Moab Trail Marathon
125th Place

Pass Mountain 50k

Back in Arizona for another great ultra in the desert. Aside from the constant cacti attacks, I really had a lot of fun at this race.

Pass Mountain 50k
5th Place Overall

Cajun Coyote 100

Cajun Coyote was my first race win EVER! I led every mile of this race and had a great time, aside from the typical stress of leading a race. I felt great and ran hard. Winning is an amazing feeling.

Cajun Coyote 100
1st Place Overall

Across The Years 48 Hour 

The only thing better than winning the CC100 was to be able to follow that up three weeks later with a win at ATY 48 Hour race. I ran 201.5 miles for the win and was so far ahead that I was able to stop running 7 hours early.

Across The Years 48 Hour
201.5 Miles
1st Place Overall

The two wins in December certainly weren't expected and I'm thrilled to have finally felt that level of accomplishment after logging so many race miles on the trail. It really is an incredible feeling and can't possibly describe the emotion in writing. I feel so grateful to have been able to win those races this year.

I need to thank Hammer Nutrition, Gear:30, Klymit and Osprey Packs for all their support in 2013. But mostly, I need to thank my wife, Jo Agnew. She works as hard as I do to make these races happen. She keeps me on my feet and moving forward late into the night and there's no other crew member or support team in ultra running that can match her skill and determination. I couldn't do it without her.

2014 looks to be another amazing year filled with running adventures all over the world. We're looking forward to another excellent year! Thanks for following along and providing so much support and encouragement. We'll see you on the trails soon!


  1. Congratulations Kelly on achieving your dreams for 2013. I am truly honored having you and Jo as friends. It's an amazing vision, watching you run this year in Colorado and Arizona. May your journey in 2014, be filled with peace, happiness and lasting success.

    1. Thanks, Maria. I'm glad our paths crossed so frequently in 2013. I'm sure it will be the same in the coming year. We're looking forward to sharing the trails with you in the very near future.

  2. Wow - what a year! Loved the video, it made me excited for my 50 miler this year! So glad we got to run with you and Jo this year, and looking forward to 2014.

    1. We're glad to have you and Ryan as our friends. You guys are great! We have a lot of adventures to look forward to in 2014.

  3. What an awesome year for you and Jo!! I'm sure I speak for many when I say how much I appreciate the humor and fun you bring to the sport and to your race reports, not to mention I'm always amazed by the great photos you get at every race.

    1. Thanks. I appreciate that you follow along the way you do and I always appreciate your feedback. I hope you have an amazing 2014!