‘The Trails Are Free’ Brings TARC, Ultrarunning Culture to the Big Screen

Lindsey Topham didn’t have filmmaking on her mind when she first connected with the Trail Animals Running Club in 2009. Instead, the Boston University graduate student was looking to photograph ultrarunners for a multimedia assignment. Additionally, having recently moved to Massachusetts from California, she hoped to make some new friends who could introduce her to the local trails.

Nearly eight years later, there is excitement in Topham’s voice as she reflects on her early interactions with TARC, how her connection to the organization blossomed both behind the camera and as a runner, and where her journey ultimately led. Continue reading ‘The Trails Are Free’ Brings TARC, Ultrarunning Culture to the Big Screen

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MassUltra Roundup: Holiday Lake, Sean O’Brien, Rocky 50 and Golden Gate

The Massachusetts impact was strong at the Holiday Lake 50K++ as Jake Dissinger and Amy Rusiecki delivered strong early-season performances in Virginia. Gregoria Arambula earned a finish at the Rocky 50K in Texas, and Brittany Ames – fresh off the Across the Years 72-Hour event – headed back west for the Golden Gate 50K in California. Additionally, a week earlier Dima Feinhaus completed the Sean O’Brien 100K more than an hour faster than in 2016 while Russ Dresher and Karen Ringheiser completed the 50K in the California event. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Holiday Lake, Sean O’Brien, Rocky 50 and Golden Gate

‘Shared Love’ of Outdoors, Mountains leads TNFEC to Massachusetts

Massachusetts has long been the center of the American road-running universe, thanks in large part to the storied and hard-earned tradition of the Boston Marathon. The trail- and ultrarunning community will snag a piece of the national spotlight in 2017, however, when The North Face Endurance Challenge comes to Massachusetts. Continue reading ‘Shared Love’ of Outdoors, Mountains leads TNFEC to Massachusetts

Familiar Faces and Elements at Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass

Some things never change about the Cape Cod Ultrarunning Society’s annual Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass run.

Fred Murolo is always there – the 60-year-old from Cheshire, Conn., is the only person to finish the 50K all 11 years – and it’s always cold. The specificity of the “cold” sometimes varies. There may be rain, snow, and temperatures ranging from the frigid single digits to the more manageable 40s, but the wind along the Cape ensures it’s always bone-chilling cold. Continue reading Familiar Faces and Elements at Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass

MassUltra Roundup: Winter Beast of Burden

Justin Fitzgerald used the 2016 Winter Beast of Burden 50-miler to jumpstart what proved to be a strong year of ultrarunning. The resident of Malden, Mass., completed at least eight ultras in 2016 – including the Ghost Train 100-miler in October in Brookline, N.H.

Fitzgerald is once again registered for the Ghost Train 100 in 2017, and he’s starting the new year in similar fashion. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Winter Beast of Burden