MassUltra Roundup: Rusiecki in Familiar Territory at TNFEC Bear Mountain 50M

The size of the field has grown considerably, weather conditions have varied, and competition has stiffened. Still, one thing has remained consistent throughout all of the change during the past eight years of The North Face Endurance Challenge – New York: Brian Rusiecki is always in the hunt.

Rusiecki has raced the 50-miler at Bear Mountain State Park every year since 2009, and every year he has finished in the top five. That includes Saturday, April 30, when the 37-year-old from South Deerfield, Mass., battled to a second-place finish out of 330 finishers.

The runner-up finish was the third for Rusiecki at Bear Mountain. His first runner-up finish came during his first running of the race when there were just 72 finishers. His lone victory came in 2015. Rusiecki’s time of 7:11:51 this year marked his fastest ever on the course, however, and was five minutes faster than his winning time the year before.

Ryan Atkins, 28, of Caledon, Ontario, Canada, was the overall champion in 7:09:16. David Le Porho, 38, of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, joined Atkins and Rusiecki on the podium with a third-place finish in 7:21:28.

Five of the top six overall finishers were Canadians, but three of the top 10 hailed from Massachusetts. In addition to Rusiecki, Joseph McConaughy, 24, of Boston placed seventh overall in 7:44:00, and Charles Joyal, 46, of Feeding Hills finished ninth in 7:48:49.

Turnbull is Top Bay-Stater at Bear Mountain 50K

Less than a minute separated Matt Turnbull from a podium finish in the 50K race in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains at The North Face Endurance Challenge – New York. Turnbull, 37, of Watertown, Mass., finished fourth overall in 4:28:25, just 50 seconds out of the top three.

Samuel Gray, 20, of North Hampton, N.H., won the race in 3:59:39; Silas Carey, 28, of New York, N.Y., was second in 4:18:46; and Dan Gay, 40, of New York, N.Y., fended off Turnbull for third in 4:27:35.

Two other Massachusetts ultrarunners joined Turnbull in the top 10. Christopher Pothier, 29, of Northborough, placed eighth overall in 4:42:19, seven minutes ahead of Will Swenson, 44, of Andover, who finished ninth in 4:49:18. For Swenson, the performance marked his first big race since taking fourth overall at the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler in February in Huntsville, Texas.

A total of 465 runners completed the 50K race.

The North Face Endurance Challenge – New York

Bear Mountain State Park

April 30, 2016

50-MILE RESULTS

(Massachusetts runners only)

Place/Name/City/State/Age/Time

2 Brian Rusiecki; South Deerfield, MA; 37; 7:11:51

7 Joseph McConaughy; Boston, MA; 24; 7:44:00

9 Charles Joyal; Feeding Hills, MA; 46; 7:48:49

74 Matthew Elam; Allston, MA; 24; 9:58:48

99 Michael McDuffie; Medford, MA; 32: 10:37:01

111 Lizzy Dickey; Boston, MA; 29; 10:43:35

127 Chris Ollari; Longmeadow, MA; 46; 11:06:55

145 Mark Weber; Boston, MA; 29; 11:24:28

153 Juan Meji; Waltham, MA; 36; 11:32:55

175 Damien Pinault; Belmont, MA; 43; 11:49:44

195 Kelly Adams; Hingham, MA; 39; 12:02:43

210 Joey Bafaro, Jr.; Worcester, MA; 43; 12:21:36

226 Elizabeth Lynch; Milford, MA; 50; 12:37:01

250 Jackie Smith; Cambridge, MA; 31: 12:55:05

300 Steven Corbesero, Jr.; Boston, MA; 25; 13:35:03

301 John Wiedey; Bedford, MA; 45; 13:35:12

50K RESULTS

(Massachusetts runners only)

Place/Name/City/State/Age/Time

4 Matt Turnbull; Watertown, MA; 37; 4:28:25

8 Christopher Pothier; Northborough, MA; 29; 4:42:19

9 Will Swenson; Andover, MA; 44; 4:49:18

34 Joseph D’Alessio; Boston, MA; 39; 5:15:50

41 Federico Weis; Boston, MA; 33; 5:17:47

42 Anna Fang; Watertown, MA; 23; 5:20:14

44 David Loutzenheiser; Cambridge, MA; 49; 5:21:58

53 Kevin Marks; South Hamilton, MA; 38: 5:28:33

56 Michael Chambers; Dedham, MA; 30: 5:31:31

71 Robert Blakemore; Boston, MA; 30; 5:41:47

77 Matthew Grymek; Somerville, MA; 36; 5:45:00

92 Steven Ayr; Boston, MA; 32; 5:51:25

95 Andrew Kernytsky; Cambridge, MA; 36; 5:52:15

116 Zeus Antonello; Boston, MA; 32: 6:02:49

127 Peter Sullivan; North Grafton, MA; 28; 6:09:34

135 Jason Edinger; Melrose, MA; 33; 6:12:23

140 Zachary Lambert; Marlborough, MA; 28; 6:14:06

185 Damien Morvidelli; Agawam, MA; 37; 6:34:47

187 David Konieczynski; Needham, MA; 49; 6:35:36

226 Colleen Grande; Allston, MA; 25; 6:50:26

242 Johnny Bristol; Salem, MA; 28; 6:56:54

313 Patrick Burke; Somerville, MA; 34; 7:35:30

356 Barny Sanchez; Charlton, MA; 38; 7:50:32

383 Peter Thorne; Cambridge, MA; 53; 8:11:01

391 Danielle Montez; Chelsea, MA; 30; 8:16:40

424 Violeta Mirochnik; Charlestown, MA; 29; 8:40:09

445 Sarah Herschberger; Boston, MA; 28; 9:13:14

462 Quentin Wright; Somerville, MA; 38; 10:00:40

*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.

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