It sure seemed like everyone ran a 100-miler last weekend. Massachusetts ultrarunners took part in five different 100-mile trail races Oct. 5-7 in various North American locations beyond the Bay State, and we have those covered in a separate 100-miler-only roundup. Shorter ultra distances shouldn’t be overshadowed, so they get their own roundup this week. John Schwartz-Moore highlighted the four non-100-mile races with his win at the Farm to Farm Ultra 50-miler in Maine. We’ve also included Ralph Crowley’s race at the Cuyamaca 100K in California, Kevin Diguglielmo’s ultramarathon debut at the Blues Cruise 50K in Pennsylvania, and Chris Carmody’s solid 50-mile effort at the Bay Ridge Endurance Runs – formerly the Dick Collins Firetrails 50 in California.
Farm to Farm Ultra
John Schwartz-Moore has already had a busy – and successful – past few months racing ultramarathons. The 40-year-old resident of Dorchester, Mass., earned a top-10 finish at the summer edition of the Beast of Burden 100-miler in Lockport, N.Y. He followed that up with a fourth-place overall finish at the Joe English Twilight Challenge in Amherst, N.H., logging 35.4 miles in six hours. All of that had Schwartz-Moore well-prepared to race the Farm to Farm Ultra 50-miler on Oct. 7 in Maine.
The course consisted of three out-and-backs from Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport to Crystal Spring Community Farm in nearby Brunswick, and Schwartz-Moore outran everyone else. He turned in a winning time of 8:06:51 that was the sixth-fastest recorded by any runner in the race’s eight-year history. Runner-up Todd Reutlinger, 26, of Portland, Maine, followed 11 minutes later in 8:17:45.
Eight runners completed the 50-mile race. Additionally, seven runners finished the 50K race, and an another 16 completed the 25K race.
Ralph Crowley got to know the Cuyamaca 100K course in 2017 when he finished 12th overall and placed in the men’s top 10. He took another crack at the course at the seventh annual race on Saturday, Oct. 6, in Julian, Calif. The course took runners on a tour of Cuyamaca Rancho State Park via a layout of three distinct loops. This time Crowley, 33, of Princeton, Mass., placed 61st overall in 13:48:41.
Runners had 19 hours to complete the race.
Rod Farvard, 23, of Goleta, Calif., dominated the race, winning by nearly an hour and a half while setting a new course record of 8:43:26. Of the 190 finishers, he was the lone runner to complete the race in less than 10 hours.
Blues Cruise 50K
Kevin Diguglielmo made his ultramarathon debut at the 13th annual Blues Cruise 50K on Sunday, Oct. 7, in Reading, Pa. The 27-year-old resident of Jamaica Plain, Mass., took on the occasionally technical single-loop course around Blue Marsh Lake and placed 116th overall in 6:28:35.
Nate Alter, 26, of Lancaster, Pa., led the way by turning in the fifth-fastest time in course history as he won in 3:43:13. Janelle Johnson, 42, of Danville, Pa., was the first-place woman and fifth overall finisher in 4:37:12. There were 306 finishers within the nine-hour time limit.
Bay Ridge Endurance Runs
Originally known as the Dick Collins Firetrails 50, the race came under new management in 2017 and rebranded while also adding a 100K distance.
Chris Carmody of Lynn, Mass., headed to Castro Valley, Calif., for the Oct. 6 race to see what it was all about. The 36-year-old took part in the 50-mile race on the out-and-back course – most of it along the singletrack trails and fire roads that make up the East Bay Skyline National Trail – and overcame the 7,500 feet of climbing to place 22nd overall in 10:42:12. Mark Klink, 50, of El Cerrito, Calif., was the men’s winner in 8:49:23, holding off 50-year-old Gary Lindberg of Berkeley, Calif., by seven minutes. Erika Hoagland, 36, of Fairfax, Calif., was the first-place woman and fourth overall finisher in 9:14:28. Eighty-nine runners completed the 50-miler within 15 hours.
In addition to the 50-miler, 28 runners completed the second annual 100K race. Alexander Kramer, 38, of Calpella, Calif., was the overall winner in 9:56:28.
*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.