Ben Nephew set a high bar for endurance, pain tolerance, and speed during his victorious 2015 performance at the Mt. Tammany 10, and it took an even better performance to dethrone Nephew in 2016.
That’s exactly what Jason Lantz did, though. Lantz, 34, of Lancaster, Penn., posted a winning time of 7:05:18 during the fifth running of the Mt. Tammany 10 on Saturday, March 19, in Delaware Water Gap, N.J., eclipsing Nephew’s previous course record of 7:33:00 set last year.
Mt. Tammany 10 is a 40-mile race consisting of 10 loops of the course, 10 ascents and descents of Mt. Tammany, and approximately 12,000 feet of vertical gain – all within a 10-hour time limit.
Nephew, 40, of Mansfield, Mass., crossed the finish line in second place, side-by-side with Jay Lemos, 26, of Clifton, N.J. Their time of 7:45:11 is the third-fastest ever on the course, giving Nephew two of the three fastest times ever run at the event.
A total of 14 runners completed the race within the 10-hour official time limit, and 20 runners ultimately completed all 10 loops – the last two crossing the finish line in just over 12 hours.
In a race known for being highly competitive and producing fast times, one of Massachusetts’ own turned in a performance that landed him in the top third of the field Saturday, March 19, at the 24th annual Chuckanut 50K in Fairhaven, Wash.
Matthew Simon, 31, of Arlington, Mass., finished in 5:24:51, good for 88th overall out of 295 finishers.
A pair of runners from Bend, Ore., battled at the front and claimed the top two positions with Ryan Bak, 34, claiming victory in 3:38:17 and Mario Mendoza, 30, taking second in 3:40:06. The top seven finishers completed the race in less than four hours.
Fort Clinch 50M
Seng-Lai Tan, 44, of Sudbury, Mass., completed the Fort Clinch 50-Mile Race on Saturday, March 19, in Fernandina Beach, Fla. Tan finished the course in 13:17:13, earning 37th place out of 50 finishers.
Antelope Island 50K
Mark Weber, 29, of Boston, completed the Antelope Island 50K on Friday, March 18, in Syracuse, Utah. Weber completed the course in 6:05:53, good for 56th overall out of 129 finishers.
Foothills Ultra 50K
The inaugural Foothills Ultra 50K was an intimate affair with just a few dozen ultrarunners taking on the rugged trails of Table Rock State Park on March 5 in Pickens, S.C.
The three-loop course included lots of singletrack, rocks, roots, and approximately 7,000 feet of vertical gain.
Robert Wheeler, 26, of Marshfield, Mass., claimed a top-10 finish by taking ninth overall in 7:39:36.
Darian Smith, 35, of Winston-Salem, N.C., was the event champion in 6:05:07. A total of 31 runners completed the ultra.
Cowtown Ultra 50K
Ultramarathon runners pounded the pavement in Fort Worth, Texas, during the Cowtown Ultra 50K, the longest distance offered at the Cowtown Marathon running festival on Feb. 28. Melissa Zimmerman of Springfield, Mass., was among the runners who took to the streets on the speedy course.
Zimmerman, 32, finished the ultra in 5:35:32, far ahead of the 7:30 course time limit.
Bryan Morseman, 30, of Bath, N.Y., was the overall champion in 3:01:44, just 83 seconds off of the course record and one of 18 runners to finish in less than four hours. A total of 190 runners finished the race.
*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.