MassUltra Roundup: Twisted Branch, UTMB, the Rut, and Lake Sonoma

This week’s roundup is a bit of a catch-all, between out-of-state races during the Sept. 5-6 weekend, the late posting of August results from Twisted Branch, and the massive pile of results to sift through from the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. We’ve tracked them down, though, and have them included in this week’s roundup.

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Chorney, Popham, Mankekar Lead All Runners at Sweltering Summer

Two weeks after a few-dozen members reunited for their first in-person racing in nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) played host to an even larger gathering of ultrarunners with the eighth annual Sweltering Summer 8-Hour Ultra and 5K on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Clapp Park in Pittsfield, Mass.

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MassUltra Roundup: Waldo, Bigfoot 200, Mountain Lakes Backyard, Post Canyon, and Leadville

As the summer ultramarathon racing season nears its final weeks, New England runners traveled from coast to coast to take part in a mix of new events and long-time classics. From top-25 finishes at the high-altitude Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado, to the Bigfoot 200 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, to the Mountain Lakes Backyard Ultra in nearby New York, and more, there’s plenty to read in this week’s roundup. Additionally, several local runners also raced the Twisted Branch 100K in New York, though results from that race aren’t yet available. 

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MassUltra Roundup: Eastern States, Anchor Down, and Lover’s Lane

The Eastern States 100 and Anchor Down Ultra were just two of the hundreds of ultramarathons nationwide that were forced to cancel in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only to make strong returns in 2021. Both events welcomed back runners – including several New England residents – during the Aug. 13-14 weekend, and both saw runners from the region bring home impressive victories. Those races, as well as the 6-Hours on Lover’s Lane Ultra in Vermont, are featured in this week’s roundup.

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MassUltra Roundup: Ragged 75 and Silverton Ultra Dirty

With the return on in-person racing for the Trail Animals Running Club on Saturday, Aug. 7, the majority of Massachusetts ultrarunners who raced during the Aug. 6-8 weekend did so at the TARC Summer Classic. Several others headed north to New Hampshire, though, and joined a mix of New England and national runners to take part in the solo 50K or the three-day stage race at the Ragged 75. Additionally, a few more New Englanders headed West to Colorado for some high-altitude racing at the Silverton Ultra Dirty endurance races. The Summer Classic will be covered in a separate story, but the Ragged 75 and Silverton races are featured in this week’s roundup.

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BURCS Reunite at Jug End for First In-Person Ultra Since 2019

When the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service brought to a close its Free to Run Trail Races in September, 2019, the BURCS leadership assumed they’d be unpacking the supplies again the following spring – as usual – for the new season of racing. Little did they know, the pop-up tents, trail markings, aid station tables and more would remain in storage until summer 2021.

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Results: TARC Summer Classic

Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TARC Summer Classic returned for its 10th running on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, Mass. Seventy-seven runners turned out to take on the 40-mile and 50K trail ultramarathon races, with 46 ultimately finishing their respective distances on a hot and humid day where the temperature soared to 90 degrees.

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MassUltra Roundup: Beast of Burden, Moosalamoo, Wy’East Howl, High Lonesome, and Badger 100

The final day of July and first day of August featured several big performances from New England ultrarunners as they tackled courses across the country. Some ventured to the Mountain West for high-altitude adventures such as the High Lonesome 100; others stayed closer to home, with several heading to the mountains of Vermont for the Moosalamoo 36-miler. Then there was Cambridge resident Jenny Hoffman who road-tripped to New York and delivered a sizzling performance in the 100-mile race at the Beast of Burden – Summer Edition. Hoffman’s victory highlighted a busy weekend of racing and leads off this week’s roundup.

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Results: Jug End Loop Ultra

The sixth edition of the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s (BURCS) Jug End Loop Ultra took place with in-person running on Saturday, July 31, at Jug End State Reservation in Egremont, Mass. The first four years were in-person, but the 2020 race was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 event was a mix, with virtual competitors throughout the month of July taking part in a 4.2-mile run or 6.66-hour run, as well as in-person runners on July 31 in 4.2-mile and 6-hour races.

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Going beyond the marathon in Massachusetts