MassUltra Roundup: San Tan Scramble, Bandera, and Across the Years

The 2017 ultramarathon season closed out and 2018 was ushered in at the 34th annual Across the Years Ultrarunning Festival in Arizona where Mattapoisett resident Clifford Lange lodged perhaps the final ultra finish of the year for a Massachusetts resident, and then Cambridge’s Julien Klaudt-Moreau and Boylston’s Neil Feldman opened the 2018 season with strong showings in Arizona and Texas.

Klaudt-Moreau’s top-three finish at the San Tan Scramble, Feldman’s negative-split 100K, and Lange’s 48-hour run kick off the first MassUltra Roundup of the new year. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: San Tan Scramble, Bandera, and Across the Years

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Frigid Temperatures Force Cancellation of G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K

The G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K has seen its share of cold, challenging weather conditions during the past 19 years, including a mid-race snowstorm in 2017 that sent some runners home early and forced others to scrape a few inches of fresh powder off of their windshields after finishing.

The forecast for the 20th annual Fat Ass 50K on Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Mass., looks like a recipe for frostbite, however, with The Weather Channel projecting a high of 4 degrees, a low of minus 9, and 17-mile-per-hour wind. Given the potentially dangerous conditions, the ultramarathon has been called off to ensure the safety of both runners and volunteers. Continue reading Frigid Temperatures Force Cancellation of G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K

Ciocca top Male, Brochu Tops Fast Women’s Field at Seth’s Fat Ass 50K

Eric Ciocca dominated the overall field, but a pack of fast women stole the show during the final Massachusetts ultramarathon of 2017 at Seth’s Fat Ass 50K on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Springfield.

Racing on a 5K paved loop in Forest Park, runners had seven hours to lap the course 10 times and be credited with a 50K finish. Sixty-eight took on the challenge, and 21 completed the distance – 20 of them officially within the seven-hour limit. Continue reading Ciocca top Male, Brochu Tops Fast Women’s Field at Seth’s Fat Ass 50K

Winchester’s Souza, Vanyo Selected for Western States

The competition simply to enter the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run grows steeper by the year with more than 4,900 runners vying for 261 spots in the field via the lottery process for 2018. Even with a 15-percent increase in lottery applicants from a year ago, two Massachusetts residents had their names drawn in the lottery for the second year in a row.

Forty-eight Massachusetts runners entered the lottery, but Winchester residents David Souza and Kim Vanyo were the only ones to have their names selected for the 45th running of the Western States 100, which will take place June 23-24. Runners will have 30 hours to complete the 100.2-mile journey from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Calif., in the latest edition of ultrarunning’s original 100-miler. Continue reading Winchester’s Souza, Vanyo Selected for Western States

Feinhaus Earns Return Trip to Hardrock 100

Dima Feinhaus was a few minutes removed from finishing his annual run of the Fells Winter Ultra 40-miler at the Middlesex Fells Reservation on Saturday, Dec. 2, and was chatting with friends when he received a tap on his shoulder.

Feinhaus turned to see another friend, Ryan Triffitt, with a grin on his face while holding out his cell phone.

“You just got into Hardrock,” Triffitt said, reading from the Twitter feed of the Hardrock lottery as a stunned look appeared on Feinhaus’ face. Continue reading Feinhaus Earns Return Trip to Hardrock 100

MassUltra Roundup: Hellgate, Tallahassee, and Spooner’s Cove

Kelsey Allen of Wendell and Amy Rusiecki of South Deerfield represented Massachusetts with strong races at the tough Hellgate 100K in Virginia on Saturday in the most high-profile of the weekend’s out-of-state ultramarathons. Additionally, Bolton’s Sandra Richards turned in a fast 50K in Florida, and Nick Velonis of Danvers ran a 50K in California. Their races are featured in one of the final roundups of 2017. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Hellgate, Tallahassee, and Spooner’s Cove