Roundup: Massanutten, Cruel Jewel, PCT, Superior, and the Keys Ultras

Kelsey Allen made her long-awaited 100-mile debut at the Massanutten Mountain Trails 100 in Virginia, and she didn’t disappoint. The gritty mountain-runner turned in a second-place finish in her first crack at triple-digit mileage. Not to be outdone, Tom Flummerfelt headed back to Georgia and delivered a third consecutive top-10 finish at the Cruel Jewel 100. Other Massachusetts ultrarunners joined them in Virginia and Georgia, as well as at races in Florida, Minnesota, and California. We’ve got ‘em covered in this week’s roundup. Continue reading Roundup: Massanutten, Cruel Jewel, PCT, Superior, and the Keys Ultras

Results: Watuppa Trail Races

The Big Bear 50K and 30K races were unable to be held this year at Massasoit State Park, so Northeast Race Management added an ultramarathon to its event the same weekend at the Watuppa Reservation in Fall River, Mass., to make sure runners who wanted more mileage still had the opportunity. Continue reading Results: Watuppa Trail Races

Wapack Wins are Latest Notable Feats for Veiga, LeBlanc

Two runners on the rise added another notable mark on their racing resumes with wins at the Wapack and Back 50-miler on Saturday, May 12, in Ashburnham, Mass. For one, the race capped a long recovery from injury; for the other, it was the latest strong performance in what has been an impressive two-year stretch. For both, it was their first time winning the classic New England ultramarathon. Continue reading Wapack Wins are Latest Notable Feats for Veiga, LeBlanc

MassUltra Roundup: Manchester 2 Monadnock, UROC, Riverlands, D2D2D, Quicksilver, and Ice Age

May 12-13 was a busy weekend for in-state races with Wapack and Back and the G.A.C. Mother’s Day 6-Hour Run, but that didn’t mean it was a quiet weekend for ultrarunners hitting the road beyond the Bay State. From nearby Manchester 2 Monadnock in New Hampshire and the Riverlands 100 in Maine, to races in the heartland and the west, the ultramarathon season continues to ramp up as summer nears. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Manchester 2 Monadnock, UROC, Riverlands, D2D2D, Quicksilver, and Ice Age

Results: Wapack and Back

The Trail Animals Running Club’s 12th annual Wapack and Back 50-miler, 43-miler, and 21.5-miler took place Saturday, May 12, in Ashburnham, Mass. The 50-mile and 43-mile races took runners along the Wapack Trail from Mt. Watatic to North Pack Mountain and back. The 21.5-mile race started at North Pack Mountain and took runners back to Mt. Watatic. Continue reading Results: Wapack and Back

MassUltra Roundup (Part 2): Big A, Bear Mountain, Wildflower, and Miwok

Last weekend’s busy ultramarathon schedule was so jam-packed that it merited two roundups. Part 1 featured the White Lake Ultras, as well as the Connecticut Trail Mixers’ Spring Fling, the Salt Flats 100, the Strolling Jim 40, and the Mt. Si 50K. Part 2 catches you up on the Big A 50K in Maine, The North Face Endurance Challenge 50-mile and 50K ultras at Bear Mountain in New York, the Wildflower 50K in Texas, and the Miwok 100K in California. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup (Part 2): Big A, Bear Mountain, Wildflower, and Miwok

MassUltra Roundup (Part 1): White Lake, Spring Fling, Salt Flats, Strolling Jim, and Mt. Si

The 2018 ultra season is starting to hit full swing with at least 38 ultramarathons taking place in North America during the first weekend of May. Runners from the Bay State scattered to tackle races throughout the country, from nearby New England states to trails out West. In fact, the weekend was so jam-packed with performances that it merits a two-part roundup this week. Here’s the first part. Stay tuned for Part 2 (Bear Mountain, Big A 50K, Peak). Continue reading MassUltra Roundup (Part 1): White Lake, Spring Fling, Salt Flats, Strolling Jim, and Mt. Si

MassUltra Roundup: Promise Land, Jack Bristol, TNFEC-DC, the Canyons, and Zion

A few of the Northeast’s classic ultras – Virginia’s Promise Land 50K, Connecticut’s Jack Bristol Ultras at Lake Waramaug, and The North Face Endurance Challenge’s annual stop outside Washington, D.C. – attracted ultrarunners from Massachusetts, as did a relatively new ultra out West on some of the sport’s most hallowed grounds. Additionally, we tracked down the results of the Zion 100 from April 21-22, which included a handful of buckle-earners from the Bay State. Those five races make for plenty of reading in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Promise Land, Jack Bristol, TNFEC-DC, the Canyons, and Zion

Big Bear 50K Relocating to Watuppa Reservation for 2018

The inaugural Big Bear 50K was a spirited and competitive affair in 2017, with 23 runners finishing the ultramarathon and another 35 completing the 30K race at the DCR Massasoit State Park in East Taunton, Mass. Organizers from Northeast Race Management were eagerly looking forward to growing the event in its second year. Continue reading Big Bear 50K Relocating to Watuppa Reservation for 2018