Early-season ultramarathons don’t get much more unique than Moab Red Hot in Moab, Utah.
From its unusual 55-kilometer distance – a departure from the standard 50K – to its distinctly Moab slick rock terrain and surrounding views of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, and the La Sal Mountains, Moab Red Hot presents a heavy dose of trail-running temptation.
The 10th annual event took place Feb. 13, and Mike Burnstein of Brookline, MA, was up to the challenge.
Burnstein, 26, finished in 5:17:03, good for 33rd overall out of 289 finishers.
Jim Walmsley of Flagstaff, AZ, was the event champion in 3:49:20, the third-fastest time ever on the course.
Febapple Frozen Fifty
Justin Fitzgerald of Malden, MA, notched an early-season 50K finish on Saturday, February 20, in Maplewood, NJ. Fitzgerald, 32, placed 27th overall in 6:45:33.
Antelope Canyon Ultramarathons
Tom Flummerfelt kicked off his 2016 racing season with a strong showing at the Antelope Canyon Ultramarathons on Feb. 20 in Page, AZ.
Flummerfelt, 41, of Winchester, MA, placed seventh overall out of 212 runners in a 50-mile.
Flummerfelt’s finishing time of 8:11:43 had him within 10 minutes of cracking the top five. Hironori Tasaka of Japan as the overall winner in 7:32:53.
Other Bay State finishers of the 50-miler included Kelly Adams, 39, of Hingham in 12:14:40; Quang Le, 41, of Boston in 13:10:57; and Brittany Ames, 23, of West Bridgewater, in 13:52:25.
In addition to the 50-mile race, Antelope Canyon also included a 50K. Two runners from Massachusetts were among the 223 finishers at that distance. Robert Terry, 51, of Boston finished in 10:03:13; and Debbie Munson, 47, of Dorchester, finished in 10:11:58.
*Editor’s Note: Results are found on a variety of sites, including ultrasignup.com, UltraRunning Magazine, and official race websites. We do the best we can to find as many results as possible to report on and recognize the local ultrarunning community.