MassUltra Roundup: Howard Takes on the Tahoe Rim Trail; Four Bay Staters Endure the Altitude of Silver Rush

Tahoe Rim Trail Endurance Races

Chalk up another successfully completed 100-mile trail race for Bill Howard.

Mountains, altitude, vertical – the Tahoe Rim Trail 100 had it all for Howard on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17, in Carson City, Nev. The 67-year-old resident of Winchester, Mass., wasn’t deterred by the approximately 20,000 feet of vertical gain or the thin air offered by a course that resides entirely above 8,000 feet. Howard completed the course in 33:15:39 and placed 121st overall.

Of the 230 runners who started the race, 154 finished.

Jesse Haynes, 43, of Capistrano Beach, Calif., won the race in 19:38:00, more than an hour ahead of the second-place runner.

Another Bay State resident – Meredith Pinault of Belmont, Mass. – competed in the Tahoe 50-mile race on Saturday, and she turned in a strong performance. The 39-year-old was the 12th female finisher in 12:37:08 and 42nd overall out of 144 finishers. Chris Streeter, 32, of Auburn, Calif., was the overall champion in 8:54:00.

Silver Rush 50

Of the many challenges that Massachusetts presents to runners, altitude isn’t one of them.

That didn’t stop four runners from the Bay State from heading to Leadville, Colo., to test their abilities high in the Rocky Mountains on Sunday, July 10, at the Leadville Silver Rush 50-Mile Run. All but a few steps of the race take place above 10,200 feet, including four climbs above 12,000 feet on the out-and-back course.

Colton Gale was the top Massachusetts runner to compete. The 25-year-old from Beverly, Mass., and winner of the Traprock 50K in April placed 59th overall out of 384 finishers at Silver Rush in 9:45:17.

Meanwhile, Maartje Bastings of Jamaica Plain finished 128th overall and was the 18th female finisher in 10:56:54. The 32-year-old previously notched a fourth-place female finish at the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler in February and was the second-place woman at the Pineland Farms 50-miler in May.

Additionally, Jeff Godin, 48, and Tammy Godin, 53, of North Grafton, Mass., ran the race together and finished seconds apart – Jeff in 13:30:24; Tammy in 13:30:26.

Alex Lopez, 21, of Colorado Springs, Colo., cruised to victory in 7:05:04. Defending champion Michael Aish, 39, of Golden, Colo., placed second in 7:17:50.

*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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