MassUltra Roundup: Ragged Stage Race, Volcanic 50, and Loopy Looper

Though the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Summer Classic attracted several local runners to the trails of Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield during the Aug. 5-7 weekend, it wasn’t the only draw for New England ultrarunners. Several gathered in New Hampshire for one or three days of tough racing at the Ragged Stage Race and 50K – and New Hampshire’s Leslie O’Dell highlighted the weekend with a course-record performance. Runners from the region also took part in other races such as the Volcanic 50 in Washington State and the Loopy Looper in New Jersey, but O’Dell’s effort leads off this edition of the roundup.

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Jug End Returns to Full In-Person Racing After 2 Years of Virtual/Hybrid Format

Race Director Benn Griffin sought creative solutions to keep the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s Jug End Loop Ultra going during the COVID-19 disruption and continue raising funds for the causes the race supports.

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MassUltra Roundup: Moosalamoo, Wakely Dam, and Tushars

July came to a close with lots of racing by New England ultrarunners at events in the Northeast and beyond. Several races haven’t posted their final results, but among those that did there were a few big-time performances by runners from the region. Perhaps none were bigger than Britta Clark’s smashing performance at the Moosalamoo Ultra 36-miler in Vermont. Her record-setting effort leads off this edition of the roundup.

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MassUltra Roundup: Cascade Crest

The post-Vermont 100 recovery week meant not many ultrarunners from New England were racing during July 22-23, but it wasn’t a completely quiet weekend. Seven runners from the region were among the finishers of the Cascade Crest 100-miler in Washington State, including two who battled into the top 10. That race gets this edition of the roundup all to itself.

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MassUltra Roundup: Laugavegur, Seek the Peak, Washington Yeti, and Tahoe Rim Trail

Yes, the July 15-17 weekend was Vermont 100 weekend in New England, and yes it was Hardrock 100 weekend, too. But there was so much more going on in the world of ultra-trail running, too – including for several New England residents who didn’t partake in those two historic events (which will be covered in separate recaps). For Boston resident Laura Ricci, that meant a trip to Iceland to race a difficult 55K. For others, like Weymouth’s Amanda Beucler-Rapos, it meant running – and winning – her first ultramarathon at Seek the Peak in New Hampshire. Other runners also headed west to race, such as Connecticut’s Andrew Orefice who earned a spot on the podium at the Washington Yeti 100-miler. Those races and more are included in this edition of the roundup.

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Current, Former New England Runners Among Hardrock Finishers in Record-Setting Year

A bright media spotlight was focused on the front of the pack at the 27th edition of the Hardrock 100 – and for good reason. On the men’s side, defending champion Francois D’Haene squared off against four-time champion Kilian Jornet, while the women’s side featured the dominant Courtney Dauwalter’s pursuit for redemption following a DNF in 2021.

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Going beyond the marathon in Massachusetts