The weekend of Aug. 26-27 was mostly quiet for Massachusetts ultrarunners at out-of-state ultramarathons, but Bay State residents took part in events in nearby New York and Connecticut, as well as out west in California.
A pair of Massachusetts men earned victories in their respective divisions at the second annual ADK 80K on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Lake Placid, N.Y. Jared Lynch-Gilbert was the overall winner of the 80K (50-mile) race, while Eugene Klitenik was second overall and the men’s champion in the 50K race.
The ADK race courses used four loops in a figure-eight format with 50-mile runners covering all four loops and 50K runners winding through 2 1/2 loops on singletrack and doubletrack trails, the center point of which was the start/finish area at the Mount Van Hoevenberg Race Village.
Nobody hammered the course harder than Lynch-Gilbert. The 33-year-old resident of Petersham, Mass., was one of 11 runners to finish the 50-mile race, and he did so in dominant fashion. Lynch-Gilbert built a 25-minute lead on the field by the time he finished his first loop, and he went on to win by a two-hour margin in 6:54:13. Jonathan Mulholland, 42, of Plattsburgh, N.Y., was a distant second in 8:54:06.
Meanwhile, the 50K race was controlled by 32-year-old Lake Placid resident Sarah Keyes. A Western States finisher and women’s champion at two ultras already this year, Keyes earned the outright victory in 4:24:17. Klitenik was her closest competitor. The 32-year-old resident of Cambridge, Mass., outdueled 53-year-old Dean Deloe of Stamford, Conn., in the race for top male honors and second place overall. Klitenik finished in 5:01:17, while Deloe was six minutes behind in 5:07:53.
Christopher Alex, 52, of Grafton, Mass., joined Klitenik in the top 10, placing eighth overall and finishing as the sixth-place male in 5:58:43. Helen Ward, 51, of Lee, Mass., finished 20th overall in 8:45:07.
Tamalpa Headlands 50K
Sheila Boyle endured a long trip to Muir Beach, Calif., to take on the Tamalpa Headlands 50K on Saturday, Aug. 26, but once on the course she made sure the cross-country journey was worth it.
Boyle, 50, of Concord, Mass., turned in a strong performance in a large field of runners at the 18th annual event that included 207 participants. Racing on a single-loop course outside of San Francisco that took runners through redwood forests and along bluffs, Boyle cruised through the singletrack trails and fire roads and handled the more than 7,000 feet of vertical gain just fine. She crossed the finish line in 6:24:05, good for 10th-place female honors and 37th overall.
The overall victory went to 35-year-old Chikara Omine of San Mateo, Calif., who logged a winning time of 4:11:15. The women’s champion was 42-year-old Caroline Boller of Solvang, Calif., who turned in a time of 5:00:11, good for 11th overall.
Tamalpa Headlands was Boyle’s first ultra of 2017 following a series of solid performances at shorter distances, including taking third-place female honors at the TARC spring Classic half marathon, and seventh-place female honors at the Catmount 25K in Vermont in June.
Tunxis Trail Ultramarathon
Twenty runners completed the inaugural running of the Tunxis Trail Ultramarathon on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Burlington, Conn. The 32-mile race was organized by the Burlington Land Trust and took place on the Tunxis Trail System that consists of mostly singletrack and doubletrack trail.
Runners first completed an 18-mile loop clockwise, followed by an abbreviated second loop counterclockwise. Andy Brower, 34, of West Simsbury, Conn., was the winner in 5:22:34 and was one of two runners to finish in less than six hours. Stacey Clark, 36, of East Berlin, Conn., was the top female and fifth overall in 7:16:46.
Rebekah Zimmerer was the lone Massachusetts runner in the field. The 29-year-old from South Deerfield was the fifth-place female finisher and placed 16th overall in 9:52:27.
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