Results: Village Ultra 24-Hour, 12-Hour and Virtual Races

The fourth annual Village Ultra took place Sept. 5-6 on the Town Common in New Salem, Mass. The event offered runners the opportunity to see how many miles they could run in 24-hour or 12-hour timeframes, but also had a drop-in option where runners could run or walk for shorter amounts of time. Additionally, due to the COVID-19 global pandemic this year, the event was capped at 50 attendees (runners, walkers and volunteers), so a virtual race option was made available to encourage additional participation.

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MassUltra Roundup: Firebird, Forgotten Forest, and Pawling

Following a dynamite 2019 season in which he won at least four ultramarathons and was the runner-up at three others, Brian Burke kicked off 2020 in strong fashion, placing second at both the G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K and the Wild Florida 120-mile trail race in January. At the time, it seemed another big year was in store for him. What followed was a 7 1/2-month wait for Burke before he returned to another starting line thanks to the COVID-19 global pandemic. That return performance came Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Firebird Trail Race 50K in Maine, and Burke proved he hadn’t lost his speed during the time off from racing. He brought home the victory in course-record time, holding off a fellow Massachusetts resident in the final miles. The race was one of at least three out-of-state ultras for Bay State residents last weekend, and it leads off this week’s roundup alongside the Forgotten Forest 9-Hour Ultra in Connecticut and the Pawling Trail Running Festival in New York.

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MassUltra Roundup: Macedonia and Megunticook

In a normal year, it’s not unusual to have multiple roundups in a week this time of year as it’s typically the busiest season for ultramarathons. But in a pandemic year? We’ll take it! Four out-of-state ultras – the Pine Creek Challenge, Tunxis, the Boulder Field Ultra, and the Breaks – were highlighted on Tuesday. But there were additional in-person ultras held outside of Massachusetts on Sept. 12-13 that included runners from the Bay State and greater New England. Both the Macedonia 50K in Connecticut and the Megunticook 50K in Maine took place last weekend, so we’ve included them here in Part 2 of this week’s roundup.

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MassUltra Roundup: Pine Creek, Tunxis, Boulder Field, and the Breaks

The COVID-19 global pandemic hasn’t eased its grip on the United States, but in-person ultramarathons have gradually resumed during the past few months. The Sept. 12-13 weekend marked the busiest for the Roundup since April with four races attracting Massachusetts residents and several other New Englanders to starting lines in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Connecticut. Nobody had a bigger weekend than Cambridge resident Padraig Mullins who secured a hard-earned victory at 100 miles at the Pine Creek Challenge. Several other New England residents tallied top-10 finishes at Pine Creek and the other events. We have them covered in a busier-than-usual pandemic edition of the roundup.

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MassUltra Roundup: Enchanted Forest

While the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out most of the trail ultras in New England this year, a few events have managed to happen. That now includes the Enchanted Forest 6-Hour Ultra, which postponed from its traditional April race date to August in hopes that the pandemic would subside. That hasn’t happened, but the race went on and is featured in this edition of the roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Enchanted Forest

MassUltra Roundup: Ragged 75 Stage Race and Moosalamoo

In-person ultras are still limited in New England due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a handful are taking place. In fact, two took place during the Aug. 7-9 weekend. The pandemic forced the cancellation of the 50K open race at the Ragged 75 Stage Race in New Hampshire, but the stage race itself took place over three days and three point-to-point spans of trail. Additionally, the Moosalamoo 36-miler was held in Goshen, Vt., with a scaled-down field but plenty of fast times. Both events are featured in this edition of the roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Ragged 75 Stage Race and Moosalamoo

After Initial Postponement, Plymouth Ultra to be Virtual in October

The inaugural running of Plymouth’s Long, Hard & Dirty Ultra was originally set to take place on April 18 at Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, Mass. The 50K race was set to be the inaugural trail ultramarathon in the town, and 30K, 10K, 8-hour and team relay options were also in the offering. Continue reading After Initial Postponement, Plymouth Ultra to be Virtual in October

MassUltra Roundup: Tushars Mountain Runs

A handful of in-person ultramarathons have resumes – primarily in the West – as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its spread, and one race during the first weekend of August included a handful of New England residents. That event – the Tushars Mountain Runs in Beaver, Utah – featured high-altitude miles and saw a Massachusetts resident earn a top-10 finish in the event’s longest race. We have it covered in this edition of the roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Tushars Mountain Runs

Final Virtual Trail-Running Film Festival Summer Screening Set for Saturday

When the global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus began wiping out trail races and ultramarathons in March and April, the organizers of the Trail-Running Film Festival went to work revamping their traveling show for a virtual format. What started as a one-time event in May ultimately grew into a summer-long virtual film festival with a new lineup of films each month. Continue reading Final Virtual Trail-Running Film Festival Summer Screening Set for Saturday

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