Generosity, Tough Running Highlight Free to Run Trail Races

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Shortly after Free to Run founder Stephanie Case wrapped up a fourth-place finish at the 330-kilometer Tor des Geants in Europe to raise money for her non-profit organization, Free to Run received a second fund-raising effort on a second continent as the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) played host to the fourth annual Free to Run Trail Races in western Massachusetts. Continue reading Generosity, Tough Running Highlight Free to Run Trail Races

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MassUltra Roundup: Pisgah, Run Rabbit Run, Northeast Kingdom, SRT, Tahoe 200, and Pine to Palm

From the mountains of New Hampshire to the mountains of Colorado, and the mountains of New York, California and Oregon – as well as a dirt trail in Vermont – there’s plenty of reading in this week’s roundup. Massachusetts runners took on numerous out-of-state ultras last weekend, including the Pisgah Mountain 50K, the Run Rabbit Run 100, the SRT 30-miler and the Northeast Kingdom 24-hour race. Additionally, we tracked down prior results from two epic races out west: the Tahoe 200 and the Pine to Palm 100. Collectively, it made for a jam-packed roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Pisgah, Run Rabbit Run, Northeast Kingdom, SRT, Tahoe 200, and Pine to Palm

Results: Free to Run Trail Races

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service played host to the fourth annual Free to Run Trail Races on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, Mass. Runners took part in 50-mile, marathon and half marathon trail races on a loop course. Runners in the 50-mile race completed a 12.5-mile loop four times for around 10,000 feet of vertical gain; marathon runners completed the loop twice with extra distanced added on the road; half-marathoners completed the loop once with extra distance added on the road before heading onto the trail. Continue reading Results: Free to Run Trail Races

MassUltra Roundup: Kilkenny Ridge, Wasatch Front, and Pine Creek Challenge

The inaugural Kilkenny Ridge 50-miler lived up to its reputation on Sept. 8 … and into the early hours of Sept. 9 … as the newest ultra in New Hampshire enticed runners from the Bay State to head north for a burly challenge in the White Mountains. That race, which was won by former Boston resident Rob Rives and current Cambridge resident Lisa Rising, highlights this week’s roundup. Additionally, Salem’s William Jackson notched his fourth straight Hardrock qualifier by finishing the Wasatch Front 100 in Utah, and Revere resident Michael Condella finished the Pine Creek Challenge 100 for the fourth year in a row. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Kilkenny Ridge, Wasatch Front, and Pine Creek Challenge

MassUltra Roundup: The Rut, Jay Peak, and the SLO Ultra

While the eyes of the ultrarunning world were on the World Summit of Trail-Running – more commonly known as the UTMB – last week in Europe, there were still a few ultramarathons back in the United States. Runners from Massachusetts took part in a few of them, hitting the road to neighboring Vermont and flying to the West Coast to tackle tough trails in California and Montana. The UTMB recap is separate, so a trio of out-of-state US races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: The Rut, Jay Peak, and the SLO Ultra