MassUltra Roundup: The Bear and Stump Jump

Sept. 29-Oct. 1 was a busy weekend for ultrarunning in the Bay State with races in Carlisle and on Cape Cod, but that didn’t prevent a handful of Massachusetts residents from tackling tough races in Tennessee and Utah. We have them covered in this week’s roundup.

The Bear 100

The 2017 running of The Bear 100 was a redemption run for a pair of Massachusetts residents, and a return trip across the finish line for another.

Joseph D’Alessio of Boston, Gregory Lowe of Ipswich, and Paul Young of North Andover all traveled to Logan, Utah, in 2016 and attempted the 103-mile journey to Fish Haven, Idaho. Only D’Alessio completed the race as heavy downpours and eventually snow pummeled the runners, and Lowe and Young ultimately dropped from the race.

The trio returned to the race Sept. 29-30, and all three finished the journey on a rugged mountain course through the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and the Beaver River Range. More than 22,000 feet of climbing didn’t deter them, nor did the altitude – the race maxes out just above 9,000 feet above sea level.

D’Alessio, 41, finished 55th overall in 27:21:24, a few hours slower than his time of 24:21:35 from 2016, but still strong enough to earn him a finish in the top quarter of the field.

Lowe, 53, placed 134th overall in 30:50:32. Young, 52, finished 183rd in 34:04:24. Runners had a 36-hour time limit to complete the race, and 222 finished. Jeff Browning, 46, of Bend, Ore., was the overall winner in 18:28:48.

Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50K

The singletrack trails of Chattanooga, Tenn., are mighty good any time of year, but the Rock/Creek Stump Jump 50K gives runners the bonus of spectacular colors from the early fall foliage. Renee Laurencelle took advantage of that as the 24-year-old resident of Tyngsboro, Mass., took part in the 17th annual event on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Taking on a course with 4,500 feet of climbing on singletrack that would along Signal Mountain and Walden Ridge on the outskirts of Chattanooga, Laurencelle finished in 8:37:57.

Chattanooga resident John Wiygul, 28, won in 5:15:43, holding off runner-up Patrick Reagan, 30, of Savannah, Ga., by 50 seconds.

Runners had 10 hours to complete the course, and 177 finished within the time limit.

*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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