Forgotten Forest Ultra
John Brown had one heck of a final tune-up for the Ghost Train 100-miler, which is less than three weeks away.
Brown, 58, of Northbridge, Mass., delivered a dominant performance during the nine-hour Forgotten Forest Ultra on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Roosevelt Forest in Stratford, Conn. The course consisted of two loops – 3.5 miles and 2.7 miles, respectively – and Brown weaved through them over and over, far ahead of the pack. When he called it a day after 8:48:51 had expired, he covered 49.76 total miles for a first-place finish.
Indeed, it showed Brown’s legs still have plenty of pep in them following his sub-24-hour finish at the Vermont 100-miler in July.
Christopher Jaworski, 58, of Bloomfield, N.J., ran the second-most miles of anybody as he completed 37.32 miles in 8:37:15. Caitlin Rossi, 33, of Torrington, Conn., matched Jaworski in miles but was eight minutes slower, finishing third overall and taking top female honors.
Katie Todd, a 29-year-old and resident of Bedford, Mass., was the second-place female finisher and fourth overall with 34.61 miles completed in 6:48:25. The race was Todd’s final tune-up before running the 60-mile race at Ghost Train on Oct. 22 in Brookline, N.H.
Fourteen of the 20 runners completed more than a marathon distance. That includes 40-year-old Pranee Terry of Orange, Mass., who ran 31.10 miles in 8:58:53.
The Hennepin Hundred bills itself as “flat and fast,” as the point-to-point course along the Hennepin Canal State Trail, and that was validated by the runners in attendance Oct. 1-2 in Sterling, Ill. Of the 98 who started the race, 76 finished and 41 recorded sub-24-hour finishes.
None ran faster than Oswaldo Lopez, 44, of Madera, Calif., who scorched his way to a new course record with a winning time of 14:22:55.
A Massachusetts resident also earned his first 100-mile finish at the race. George Barth, 54, of North Attleboro, Mass., finished 42nd overall in 24:27:54.
North Face Endurance Challenge – Utah
Former Western States and Leadville 100 champion Rob Krar ran away with the 50-mile victory at The North Face Endurance Challenge – Utah on Saturday, Sept. 24, in Park City, Utah.
While Krar, 39, dominated the field with a winning time of 8:01:02 – more than 37 minutes ahead of his closest competitor – he also shared the course with a Massachusetts resident who was racing in at least his seventh state this year. Seng-Lai Tan, 45, of Sudbury, Mass., finished 84th overall in 14:31:19.
Tan’s race schedule in 2016 has also included events in New Jersey, New York, Maine, Colorado, Florida, and California. Tan is headed to Arizona later this month to run the 100-miler at Javelina Jundred.
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