MassUltra Roundup: Massanutten, Jack Bristol, Miwok, Strolling Jim, and Spring Fling 600

A trio of Massachusetts ultrarunners added to their string of finishes at the Massanutten 100-miler in Virginia, Jenny Hoffman secured another victory at the Jack Bristol 50-miler, and local runners also took on the Miwok 100K in California, the Strolling Jim 40-miler in Tennessee, and the Spring Fling 600-minute run in Connecticut.

More results – including the Big A 50K and the Rock the Ridge 50-miler – are still being tracked down and will be included in next week’s roundup.

Massanutten 100

Five Massachusetts ultrarunners were among the 195 runners to toe the starting line of the 23rd annual Massanutten 100 on Saturday, May 6, in Virginia, and three of the Bay State residents overcame the cold and wet weather conditions to reach the finish line within the 36-hour time limit.

Russell Dresher, Kevin Mullen and John Correiro – all returning Massanutten finishers – successfully navigated the course again and added to their Massanutten belt buckle collections. Mullen and Dresher finished for the third time each, while it was Correiro’s second finish.

Dresher, 35, of Hudson, Mass., was the top local finisher. He placed 61st in 30:33:40, not quite matching his time of 28:48:48 from 2016.

Mullen, 59, of Fairhaven, Mass., took on the race for the third year in a row, and he finished 68th overall in 31:23:41. It was his fastest performance on the course by a comfortable margin. Mullen finished in 32:12:00 in 2015 and then beat the cutoff by less than a half-hour in 2016, finishing in 35:35:12.

Correiro also improved his time this year. After finishing alongside Mullen in 2016, Correiro, 48, of Westport, Mass., tied for 112th in 33:49:43 this year.

The victory went to 31-year-old Bradley Revenis of Baltimore, Md., who was the lone runner to finish in less than 19 hours. He crossed the finish line in 18:50:25, 46 minutes ahead of runner-up Paul Jacobs, 39, of Washington, D.C. Jason Lantz, 35, of Lancaster, Pa., was a distant third in 20:19:34.

Just 19 of the 149 finishers dipped under the 24-hour mark. Kathleen Cusick, 42, of Alexandria, Va., was the women’s champion for the third year in a row as she finished 20th overall in 24:22:09.

Two other Massachusetts residents – Mike Maher of South Easton and Susana Ponte of Dartmouth – both started the race but did not complete the course.

Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug Ultras

The 43rd running of the Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug Ultras on Sunday, April 30, at Lake Waramaug State Park in New Preston, Conn., with its traditional trio of ultramarathon distance offerings. Around 100 runners completed distances of 100K, 50 miles or 50K on the fast, smooth, rolling hills of the multi-loop course around Lake Waramaug.

The Jack Bristol 50-mile race marked a return to action for Jenny Hoffman as the resident of Cambridge, Mass., bounced back from her overall victory at the Lumberjack 100-miler three weeks earlier in Washington. Hoffman, 39, shook off any rust and delivered an impressive performance as she claimed first-place female honors while finishing eighth overall in 7:40:44. The second-place female also hailed from Massachusetts as Andy Marinelli, 31, of Cambridge raced to a 13th-place overall finish in 8:49:46.

Massachusetts resident Jim Garcia was also among the 31 runners to complete the 50-mile race. Garcia, 58, of Westford, finished 11th overall in 7:59:22. Brian Teason, 56, of Manchester, Vt., cruised to the overall victory in the 50-miler, winning by a 25-minute margin in 6:46:59.

Michael Condella was one of 10 runners to finish the 100K race. The 29-year-old from Revere, Mass., was eighth overall in 12:31:56. Matt Collins, 26, of New York, N.Y., dominated the race and won by a 55-minute margin in 8:30:45.

Additionally, five local runners were among the 60 finishers of the largest race of the day, the 50K, with 31-year-old Tess Gessler leading the way for the Bay State. Gessler, of Worcester, Mass., finished 14thoverall and was the third-place female finisher in 4:47:35. Alene Lofink, 53, of Brookfield, Conn., was the leading lady and eighth overall in 4:33:09.

Jeremy Howard, 36, of Fredericksburg, Va., took home the overall 50K title by a 10-minute margin in 3:25:09.

Other Massachusetts 50K finishers were Jasmine Mecheri, 25, of Northampton in 5:53:49; Brittney Johnson, 22, of Cambridge, in 6:06:35; Lee Dickey, 63, of Dracut in 6:24:08; and Tonya Caisse, 41, of Milford in 7:14:09.

Miwok 100K

Eight years after delivering a speedy performance at the Miwok 100K where he landed in the top 10 overall, Joseph D’Alessio returned to Stinson Beach, Calif., for another shot at the course.

He wasn’t quite as fast as his previous performance in 2009 when he finished fifth overall in 9:07:02, but D’Alessio was still mighty strong in 2017. The 40-year-old resident of Boston, Mass., finished 44th overall out of 289 finishers in 11:45:24.

Runners had 17 hours to finish the race, which included views of the Golden Gate Bridge and tested runners with nearly 12,000 feet of vertical gain.

1 Franz Van Der Groen, 32, of San Rafael, Calif., earned the overall victory in 8:45:55, holding off runner-up Chikara Omine, 34, of San Mateo, Calif., by 42 seconds. The top duo ran away from the field with third-place Chris Streeter, 33, of Auburn, Calif., finishing a distant third in 9:06:03, a comfortable 43 minutes ahead of fourth place.

Two other Massachusetts residents took part in this year’s race but did not finish. Sean Wong, 24, of Allston, Mass., dropped at mile 49.2. Vichu Tanta-Nanta, 43, of Quincy, Mass., dropped at mile 26.

Strolling Jim 40-Mile

Michelle McElroy logged her longest race to date when she completed the Strolling Jim 40-miler on Saturday, May 6, in Wartrace, Tenn.

McElroy, 43, of Maynard, Mass., was one of 151 runners to finish the race at the 39th annual event. She crossed the finish line in 8:35:03. Jason Parks, 28, of Decatur, Ga., was the overall winner in 4:18:06, while 32-year-old Lauren Mitchell, 32, of Madison, Ala., was the first-place woman and tied for 12thoverall in 5:47:36. 

Spring Fling 600

Ninety-seven runners toed the starting line for the inaugural Spring Fling 600, a 10-hour – or 600-minute – trail-running event that the CT Trailmixers played host to on Sunday, May 7, in Southington, Conn. Runners took on a 3.1-mile loop as many times as they wanted.

Art Byram, 53, of Glastonbury, Conn., and Rebecca Burke, 41, of Portland, Conn., were the top male and female finishers with 52.7 miles apiece. Deb Anderson, 42, of Hampden, Mass., was the top Bay State participant as she logged 31 miles. Anderson was one of 34 runners to complete at least a 50K, and one of 38 runners to go beyond the marathon distance.

*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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