MassUltra Roundup: Hellgate, Daytona, Austin Taylor and Rodeo Beach

Brian Rusiecki highlighted one of the final weekends of racing of the year with a dominant victory at the Hellgate 100K in Virginia. Massachusetts residents also took part in the 100-mile and 50-mile races at Daytona, as well as at 50Ks in Georgia and California.

Additionally, a few Massachusetts residents took part in the Desert Solstice 24-hour track event in Arizona. We will catch up on Desert Solstice in next week’s roundup.

Hellgate 100K

Massachusetts was represented by one runner at the grueling and unforgiving Hellgate 100K on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Fincastle, Va.

That Bay State representative – 38-year-old Brian Rusiecki of South Deerfield – brought home the victory. Rusiecki stormed the course and its approximately 14,000 feet of vertical gain. He cruised across the finish line in a sizzling 11:01:26, more than a half-hour ahead of runner-up Matt Thompson, 36, of Crozet, Va., who finished in 11:36:39. Of the 140 runners who started the race, 117 finished and only four completed the course in less than 12 hours.

Daytona 100M and 50M

The course for the Daytona 100-mile ultramarathon Dec. 10-11 in Atlantic Beach, Fla., may have been described as flat and fast, but it was also hard. The point-to-point course consisted mostly of hard pavement including asphalt paths and sidewalks. The parts that weren’t paved were mostly sandy beach.

That didn’t stop Massachusetts resident Patrick Coleman. Coleman, 30, cruised through the first 71 miles in a speedy 15:46:40 before digging deep and gutting out a tough final 29 miles. Coleman crossed the finish line 50th overall in 25:04:11.

Marc Burget, 42, of Jacksonville, Fla., blew away the field with a speedy winning time of 14:41:50, more than an hour ahead of second place. Of the 116 runners who started the race, 89 finished within the 30-hour time limit.

In the 50-mile race, 38-year-old Mio Yonemura of Melrose, Mass., turned in a strong performance as she earned third-place female honors and seventh place overall out of 51 finishers in 8:52:15.

Patrick Gallagher, 41, of Gainesville, Fla., was the overall champion in 6:43:38 and the female champion and third overall was Grayson Vincent, 30, of Washington, D.C., in 7:22:04.

Austin Taylor 50K

Phil Tatro scored a late-season 50K by hitting the road to Georgia.

Tatro, 53, of Grafton, Mass., took on the Austin Taylor 50K on Saturday, Dec. 10, in Conyers, Ga. Tatro successfully completed the three-lap course in 7:37:16.

Kevin Lammers, 38, of Canton, Ga., dominated the race and cruised to victory in 4:22:40. Only seven runners finished in less than six hours, and 22 completed the course within the nine-hour time limit.

Rodeo Beach 50K

Emily Caplan closed out 2016 with her first ultramarathon.

Caplan, 24, of Brookline, Mass., traveled to Sausalito, Calif., to take on the Rodeo Beach 50K on Saturday, Dec. 10. She endured a course that had nearly 6,000 feet of vertical gain, and she crossed the finish line in 7:55:34.

Of the 55 runners who started the race, 45 finished within the nine-hour time limit. Ian O’Brien, 22, of Arcata, Calif., was the overall champion in 4:04:36.

*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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