Results: BURCS Treadmill Ultra and Marathon

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service kicked off its 2020 season with a new, virtual challenge: a treadmill ultramarathon and marathon. From Feb. 15-23, runners could select a 24-hour window to complete a marathon, 50K or – for just a little bit extra distance – a 50.1K, documenting their progress with time-stamped photos of the distance completed every time the treadmill stopped. Forty-two runners completed ultramarathon distances while another 49 completed a marathon on the treadmill. Continue reading Results: BURCS Treadmill Ultra and Marathon

MassUltra Roundup: Frozen Heart, Holiday Lake, Black Canyon, and the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival

The Massachusetts ultrarunning community has already had a busy 2020 with two fatass-style ultras and a 30-hour event. The Feb. 15-16 weekend was Connecticut’s turn to kick-off its ultra calendar with a big-mileage opportunity. The CT Trailmixers did just that by introducing a new 15-hour event – the Frozen Heart 900 – that saw 29 runners log ultramarathon mileage with two of them (George Daniels and Andrew Orefice) surpassing the 80-mile mark. Additionally, a handful of other runners from the region ventured outside of New England to race. That included South Deerfield’s Brian and Amy Rusiecki who continued their annual tradition of road-tripping to Virginia for some early-season racing, and several others who flew to the warmer climates of Arizona and Nevada for the Black Canyon Ultras and the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival. We’ve got them all covered in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Frozen Heart, Holiday Lake, Black Canyon, and the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival

MassUltra Roundup: Beast of Burden, Sean O’Brien, and the Algonquin

February opened with a flurry on the New England ultrarunning scene with the second annual TARCtic Frozen Yeti 30-Hour Ultra in Westwood, Mass., but the following weekend was mostly quiet. Just a handful of runners from the region headed elsewhere to race on the Feb. 8-9 weekend, and those that did sought out both warmer and colder climates, from sunny California to chilly Maryland and New York. The weekend was highlighted by Revere resident Michael Condella, whose fifth finish of the Beast of Burden winter 100-miler leads off this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Beast of Burden, Sean O’Brien, and the Algonquin

MassUltra Roundup: Wild Florida, Rocky Raccoon, and Elephant Mountain

The first weekend of February was a busy one for New England ultrarunners with the second annual TARCtic Frozen Yeti 30-hour ultra at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass., but a few runners sought warmer weather at races beyond the region. That included the Elephant Mountain 50K in Arizona and the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler and 100K in Texas, but Somerville’s Brian Burke highlighted the weekend with his runner-up finish at the Wild Florida 120-miler. Those three races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Wild Florida, Rocky Raccoon, and Elephant Mountain

Runners Handle the Cold, Beat the Snow at Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass

All was quiet on Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable, Mass., by the time the light snow began to fall on Saturday, Jan. 18. The scene had been far different just a few hours earlier. The beach was a hotbed of energy and activity on this frigid day as runners took part in the 14th annual Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass 50K ultramarathon and 25K race on the sand. Continue reading Runners Handle the Cold, Beat the Snow at Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass

MassUltra Roundup: Arches Ultra and the AZT Oracle Rumble

With the second annual TARCtic Frozen Yeti just a week away, the final weekend of January was light on ultramarathon racing for runners in Massachusetts and greater New England, but a handful headed West for some warmer-weather racing at the Arches Ultra in Utah and the AZT Oracle Rumble in Arizona. The most notable performance, however, came from a former Somerville resident – Nora Weathers – who brought home the win in the Arches Ultra with a course record-setting performance. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Arches Ultra and the AZT Oracle Rumble

Going beyond the marathon in Massachusetts