The third running of the Tahoe 200 Endurance Run, a 205.5-mile loop around Lake Tahoe, featured its very first Massachusetts finishers at the multi-day event which began Friday, Sept. 9, and concluded Tuesday, Sept. 13, when the 100-hour time limit expired.
Beginning and ending in Homewood, Calif., and crossing into Nevada midway through, the rugged mountain course features 35,117 feet of vertical gain and more than 70,000 feet of total elevation change during the circumnavigation of North America’s largest alpine lake.
Jason Kinsella, 38, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was the fastest runner to complete the course. He became the first runner to finish in less than 60 hours as he crossed the finish line in 59:03:30.
Tom Flummerfelt was the fifth runner to finish. The Winchester, Mass., resident completed the course in 64:20:49. Flummerfelt, 42, prepared for the race by taking on the grueling Cruel Jewel 100-miler in Georgia in May. That preparation paid off, as evidenced by his performance at Tahoe. Flummerfelt moved into the top 10 by mile 44, and during the next 20 miles he worked his way into the top five where he stayed for the remainder of the race.
After nearly four full days on her feet, Kara Spera of Lynn, Mass., also completed the course. Spera, 34, crossed the finish line in 93:08:02 and placed 59th overall. The successful navigation of the course gave Spera her longest endurance feat to date, adding to a resume that includes a first-place female finish and sixth overall at the 2015 TARC 100, completion of the 2014 Vermont 100, first-place female honors at the 2015 Cape Cod Trail Race 50K, and fourth-place female honors in the 40-mile race at the TARC Summer Classic in August.
A third Bay State resident took on the rugged course, but was unable to complete the full distance within the time limit. Roslindale, Mass., resident Annette Florczak made it 123.5 miles in a little more than 56 hours. The distance marked the most consecutive miles the 42-year-old Florczak has covered this year, surpassing her 100-mile finish at Umstead in April.
A total of 103 runners started the race, and 80 finished.