Roundup: Manitou’s Revenge, Catamount, Many on the Genny, Black Hills, Rodeo Valley, Western States, and Infinitus

While Western States received a well-deserved spotlight on June 23-24, Massachusetts ultrarunners took on other races around the country, too, from Vermont and New York in the East to South Dakota in the upper Midwest and California out West. Kehr Davis’s three-peat at Manitou’s Revenge highlighted the weekend, but we also dug into some results from last month to include Infinitus finishers. As usual this time of year, there’s plenty to read in this week’s roundup. Continue reading Roundup: Manitou’s Revenge, Catamount, Many on the Genny, Black Hills, Rodeo Valley, Western States, and Infinitus

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Another New York Sweep at Vegan Power 50K

The Vegan Power 50K in Pittsfield, Mass., has become a popular destination for ultrarunners from New York since the race’s inaugural year in 2014 – specifically, it has been a race of choice for speedy New Yorkers. Continue reading Another New York Sweep at Vegan Power 50K

MassUltra Roundup: Drummer Hill, Bighorn, Broken Arrow, Eastern Divide, Mohican, Wy’east Wonder, and Worlds End

This week’s roundup captured a few out-of-state races from the June 16-17 weekend—including the Drummer Hill 50K in nearby New Hampshire and the classic Bighorn 100-miler out West in Wyoming—but also allowed us to catch up on races we missed in recent weeks, like Jesse Carter’s runner-up finish in the 50K at Worlds End in early June in Pennsylvania. There’s a little bit of old and a little bit of new in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Drummer Hill, Bighorn, Broken Arrow, Eastern Divide, Mohican, Wy’east Wonder, and Worlds End

More Fast Times, Less Heat at Second TNFEC-Wachusett Mountain Ultras

PRINCETON, Mass. – When The North Face Endurance Challenge—Massachusetts made its debut at Wachusett Mountain in 2017, it challenged runners in the 50-mile and 50K ultramarathons with more than just rugged climbs to Wachusett’s summit and technical, rolling trails through Leominster State Forest. On that day, the temperature soared to nearly 90 degrees and the woods were steamy. It was as though runners entered a sauna, and the scalding rocks from the heater were scattered on the floor for the tired, sweaty occupants to navigate through.

Year Two welcomed runners with ideal conditions on Saturday, June 9, as runners in the 50-miler began their race by headlamp, tackling dry trails in comfortable temperatures in the mid-50s. The day grew warmer as the race progressed, ultimately topping out in the mid-70s, but a consistent light breeze and shaded trails along the mountainside and through the forest created a comfortable environment that fostered some fast times. Continue reading More Fast Times, Less Heat at Second TNFEC-Wachusett Mountain Ultras

Trio of Women Earn Victories at Inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra

From the support of friends and runners to the establishment of new traditions and the creation of a race of her very own, there was plenty about the inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra that excited race director Amy Rusiecki. That said, her enthusiasm also extended to the overall results – in particular, she was pumped about the performance of the women. Continue reading Trio of Women Earn Victories at Inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra