Freaky Fast: Caron Delivers on Declaration at Ghost Train

BROOKLINE, N.H. – Barely six weeks had passed since Patrick Caron delivered an eye-popping 100-mile performance at the 2016 Ghost Train Rail Trail Races when he made what seemed at the time to be an ambitious declaration. Continue reading Freaky Fast: Caron Delivers on Declaration at Ghost Train

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MassUltra Roundup: Bimblers Bluff, Wawayanda Wonderful, and the Big Backyard Ultra

Not every ultrarunner in Massachusetts took on the Ghost Train Rail Trail Ultras Oct. 21-22 in New Hampshire. A few journeyed to Connecticut, New Jersey, and Tennessee to take on distances ranging from 50K to 100 miles. Those out-of-state races – the Bimblers Bluff 50K, the Wawayanda Wonderful Wonhundred, and the Big Backyard Ultra – are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Bimblers Bluff, Wawayanda Wonderful, and the Big Backyard Ultra

MassUltra Roundup: Moab 240, Big Brad, Bromont, No Business, Oil Creek, and Farm to Farm

A large portion of New England ultrarunners have had their sights set on this weekend’s Ghost Train Ultras; more than 300 will take on the multiple out-and-back course in Brookline, N.H. Not everyone has been focused on Ghost Train, however. Runners have traveled beyond Massachusetts to tackle a variety of ultras across the United States. This includes races in Maine, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Utah and Canada in recent weekends. No performance was longer than the 238-mile journey that Norton’s Christopher Cappellini delivered at the inaugural Moab 240, and his effort leads off this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Moab 240, Big Brad, Bromont, No Business, Oil Creek, and Farm to Farm

MassUltra Roundup: Grindstone, Cuyamaca, Hennepin, Joe English Twilight Challenge, Oregon Coast, No Name, and NipMuck

More than 50 ultramarathons across the United States made Oct. 6-8 the busiest weekend of racing in 2017. Although there were no ultras in Massachusetts, plenty of Bay State runners took on the trails in other states on plenty of challenging courses. Multiple runners earned 100-mile finishes – including a second-place performance by Brian Rusiecki at Grindstone in Virginia, and many runners logged their first 100-mile finishes – including Scot DeDeo at the Hennepin Hundred in Illinois.

This week’s roundup features five races from the past weekend – and there are plenty more results we’re still tracking down (looking at you, Bromont, Farm to Farm, and Tesla Hertz). Additionally, we tracked down local results from the NipMuck “Heavy” Trail Marathon from Oct. 1.

Happy reading! Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Grindstone, Cuyamaca, Hennepin, Joe English Twilight Challenge, Oregon Coast, No Name, and NipMuck

Ready to Ride: Lowe, Caron Primed for Ghost Train After Record-Setting Runs at Fall Classic

Deirdre Lowe is just a few short weeks away from having her legs take her into unknown territory when she tackles her first 100-mile ultramarathon, the Ghost Train 100, on Oct. 21-22 in Brookline, N.H.

Patrick Caron knows the Ghost Train experience plenty well. He delivered an electrifying performance at the 2016 race when he finished 100 miles in less than 15 hours – one of the year’s fastest efforts by an American runner at that distance. Not satisfied with his frighteningly fast time, Caron will join Lowe at the starting line for another ride on the train.

Both Lowe and Caron will head to Ghost Train with momentum at their backs and confident performances on their legs thanks to dominant efforts at the TARC Fall Classic on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, Mass. Caron ran away from the field, defended his title and in doing so broke his own course record with a winning time of 6:58:11. Lowe raced to a third-place overall finish, earned first place among the women and established a new women’s course record with a time of 8:51:50. Continue reading Ready to Ride: Lowe, Caron Primed for Ghost Train After Record-Setting Runs at Fall Classic