It was always going to take an incredible athlete to knock the assembly line of Griz football stars from the top of this category. Well, Mike Foote is about as badass as it gets. Last fall, Foote and fellow ultramarathoner Mike Wolfe left Missoula and started running north through the Rattlesnake. Four weeks later, they arrived in Banff, Alberta. The Crown Traverse, as their expedition was called, covered 600 miles, climbed 165,000 feet in elevation, crossed 13 mountain ranges and an international border—and, as Foote noted in a dispatch for his sponsor, The North Face, intersected “only 3 paved roads along the way.” Following his other record-breaking finishes at the world’s premier long-distance courses, we’d say Foote’s done plenty to earn this title.
Finalists, Best Athlete
3. Trisha Drobeck