MassUltra Roundup: Lumberjack 100, Lake Sonoma, Traprock, and Merced Canyon

From the West Coast to the East Coast, Massachusetts ultrarunners continue to pile up strong performances. That includes an overall first-place finish by Cambridge resident Jenny Hoffman at the Lumberjack 100-miler in Washington, a top-10 performance by Boston’s Joe McConaughy at the highly-competitive Lake Sonoma 50-miler in California, a top-10 finish by Boston’s Will Holets at the Merced Canyon 44K in California, and Brian Rusiecki secured his third straight victory with a win at the Traprock 50K in Connecticut.

These four big races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Lumberjack 100, Lake Sonoma, Traprock, and Merced Canyon

MassUltra Roundup: Gorge Waterfalls, Runamuck, Shepaug, Squak Mountain, Austin Rattler, and Bull Run Run

April 8-9 was the busiest weekend of the year so far for Massachusetts’ runners heading out of state to take on ultramarathons – and many of them delivered big performances. Of particular note, Joe McConaughy and Jake Dissinger headed cross-country to the high-profile Gorge Waterfalls 100K and turned in some of the strongest performances of the day. Closer to home, Brian Rusiecki headlined a massive pack of Bay State residents at the Runamuck 50K in Vermont where he notched his second victory in two weeks.

Those are just a few of the names included in the longest roundup so far in 2017. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Gorge Waterfalls, Runamuck, Shepaug, Squak Mountain, Austin Rattler, and Bull Run Run

Rock Hard Marathon Evolves into Freetown 50K for 2017

The Rock Hard Marathon lived up to its gritty name during its three-year run from 2014-2016 at the Freetown-Fall River State Forest in Assonet, Mass., challenging runners with plenty of singletrack and rocks with some tough hills thrown in for good measure.

The event is growing into an ultramarathon in 2017 and adopting a new name: the Freetown 50K. Continue reading Rock Hard Marathon Evolves into Freetown 50K for 2017

MassUltra Roundup: Umstead, Naked Prussian, Georgia Death Race, New Jersey, and the Run4Water

April 1-2 was a busy weekend for ultramarathons nationwide, and plenty of Massachusetts runners stepped to the starting line at out-of-state events. Five races made this week’s roundup, and others may be rolled into next week’s roundup as results and details are still coming in.

This week, Natick’s Matthew Knights made his 100-mile debut with a speedy performance at Umstead and 100-mile veteran Adena Schutzberg of Somerville also snagged a buckle; South Deerfield’s Brian Rusiecki returned to the top of the podium with a victory at the Naked Prussian; Quincy’s Greg Soutiea threw down more than 120 miles at the Run4Water; and Bay State residents also secured hard-earned finishes at the Georgia Death Race and the New Jersey Ultra Festival. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Umstead, Naked Prussian, Georgia Death Race, New Jersey, and the Run4Water