It’s called “The Goat” for a reason.
Runners at the durtyfeets Trail Run Series’ Goat Hill races take on an eight-mile loop that lulls runners in with some easy running through a field toward the start of the singletrack trail. For three quarters of a mile the running is relaxed and comes almost effortlessly.
“Then they turn left,” said race director Alex Rogozenski, “and they see ‘The Goat.’” Continue reading Uxbridge’s Goat Hill 50K Encourages Runners to Embrace Inner Mountain Goat →
WESTON, Mass. – It was close to 5 p.m. when Kevin Paige emerged from the woods and the finish line came into view. A look of relief and an exuberant grin spread across his face as he stretched his arms out wide with joy.
“You guys are still here!” proclaimed Paige, 47. “Oh my God! I can’t believe you guys are still here!”
Paige’s 50K race hadn’t gone quite as he’d hoped at the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic on Saturday, April 22. His legs gave him problems after two loops of the five-loop course. Determined to finish what he started, he gritted his way through the ultramarathon, battled the elements and the trail, and earned his finish. After more than eight hours on the trails, however, he spent the final miles worried that he’d return to the start/finish only to find everyone had left, and his bag – with the keys to his truck inside – would be gone.
The Trail Animals’ motto is “Leave No Animal Behind,” however, and this day was no different. Paige was greeted with applause and open arms, and his keys were right where he left them so he could make it home to Manchester, N.H., that evening.
From the first across the finish line to the back of the pack, runners didn’t allow a steady drizzle or temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s dampen their day or their spirits. Instead, around 350 runners took part in the Spring Classic, running in the 50K, marathon, half marathon or 10K, in what was one of the largest crowds ever for the seventh annual event. Continue reading Despite Rain, Runners Shine at Spirited Spring Classic →
From a gritty 100-mile finish in Georgia for Mark Leuner, to a 50K victory for Shelley Cheung in Washington, to races in Florida and Connecticut, Massachusetts ultrarunners found finish lines across the country on April 22-23. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Double Top, J.W. Corbett, Grand Ridge, and Enchanted Forest →
The Trail Animals Running Club’s seventh annual TARC Spring Classic took place Saturday, April 22, in Weston, Mass. The following is a small collection of photos from the race. Check out the MassUltra facebook page to view an extended photo gallery. Continue reading Photo Gallery: TARC Spring Classic →
The Durtyfeets Trail Series played host to the second annual Goat Hill 50K on Sunday, April 23, in Uxbridge, Mass. The following are the final results. Continue reading Results: Durtyfeets Goat Hill 50K →
The Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic took place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, in Weston, Mass. The following are the results of the 50K race. Continue reading Results: TARC Spring Classic 50K →
From the West Coast to the East Coast, Massachusetts ultrarunners continue to pile up strong performances. That includes an overall first-place finish by Cambridge resident Jenny Hoffman at the Lumberjack 100-miler in Washington, a top-10 performance by Boston’s Joe McConaughy at the highly-competitive Lake Sonoma 50-miler in California, a top-10 finish by Boston’s Will Holets at the Merced Canyon 44K in California, and Brian Rusiecki secured his third straight victory with a win at the Traprock 50K in Connecticut.
These four big races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Lumberjack 100, Lake Sonoma, Traprock, and Merced Canyon →
Familiar faces brought home victories at the fourth annual Cape Cod Trail Race 50K on Sunday, April 9, at the Crane Wildlife Management Area in Falmouth, Mass.
Defending champions Rob Levey and Kara Spera reigned again as both turned in faster performances than in 2016 on a day that was picture-perfect for running with sunny skies, a light breeze and temperature around 50 degrees. Continue reading Levy, Spera Repeat at Cape Cod 50K →
The Cape Cod Trail Race 50K took place Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Crane Wildlife Management Area in Falmouth, Mass. The following are the results from the fourth annual event. Continue reading Results: Cape Cod Trail Race 50K →
April 8-9 was the busiest weekend of the year so far for Massachusetts’ runners heading out of state to take on ultramarathons – and many of them delivered big performances. Of particular note, Joe McConaughy and Jake Dissinger headed cross-country to the high-profile Gorge Waterfalls 100K and turned in some of the strongest performances of the day. Closer to home, Brian Rusiecki headlined a massive pack of Bay State residents at the Runamuck 50K in Vermont where he notched his second victory in two weeks.
Those are just a few of the names included in the longest roundup so far in 2017. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Gorge Waterfalls, Runamuck, Shepaug, Squak Mountain, Austin Rattler, and Bull Run Run →