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.
They’ll have to wait until 2019 to build upon the Big Bear brand. The race was scheduled to take place on May 20, but ongoing construction at the Massasoit State Park’s campground was delayed by multiple late winter storms and created conditions untenable for holding the race as scheduled. Race organizers looked into delaying the race until the fall. The construction delays were significant enough however, that the park couldn’t guarantee the work would be complete by then without impacting the ability to play host to the race.
The Northeast Race Management team worked diligently to make sure runners weren’t left hanging. While Massasoit State Park won’t be able to play host to this year’s race, runners will still be able to race a 50K or 30K race on Sunday, May 20, as planned. They were already conducting a 10K race on Saturday, May 19, at Watuppa Reservation in Fall River, and officials with Watuppa Reservation agreed to accommodate the longer-distance runners by allowing the Big Bear race to relocate to Watuppa’s trails. Therefore, Northeast Race Management’s Watuppa Trail Races will be a two-day running festival this year, with a 10K on Saturday and the 50K and 30K races on Sunday. Runners who were registered to run the Big Bear races have had their entries rolled over for the same distances at Watuppa.
For more information, check out the race registration page here.
Watuppa Trail Races Schedule
Saturday, May 19: 10K race at 9 a.m.
Sunday, May 20: 50K and 30K races at 8 a.m.