The 2018 Massachusetts ultrarunning calendar wound down on Saturday with the annual Fells Winter Ultra in Stoneham, but a handful of runners from the Bay State ventured south to tackle out-of-state trails at the Chattanooga 100 and Devil Dog Ultras. We’ve got them covered in this week’s roundup.
James Diggins notched his second 100-mile finish of the year when he completed the second annual Chattanooga 100 on Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in Rising Fawn, Ga.
Racing on the trails of Cloudland Canyon State Park, the 50-year-old Diggins—a resident of Norwell, Mass.—easily finished in the top half of the field. Of the 74 finishers within 33 hours, Diggins placed 28th overall in 28:54:12. Paul Terranova, 44, of Austin, Texas, won the race by more than an hour, finishing in 18:30:22. Janessa Taylor, 40, of Redmond, Ore., won the women’s race and finished fifth overall in 23:03:43.
Diggins was the lone Massachusetts resident to finish the 100-miler, but he wasn’t the lone New Englander. Dave Caron, 47, of Danbury, N.H., finished seventh overall in 23:32:09, followed by eighth-place Matthew Freiman, 36, of East Hampton, Conn., in 23:44:27. Additionally, 54-year-old Art Byram of Glastonbury, Conn., finished 20th overall in 27:59:06, and 32-year-old Sabrina Lewis of Norwalk, Conn., finished 32nd in 29:13:40.
In the 50-mile race, Greg Wolodkin, 51, of Sutton, Mass., finished in 11:12:39. He was among 81 runners to finish within 14 hours.
Devil Dog Ultras
The third annual Devil Dog Ultras welcomed runners back to Triangle, Va., on Dec. 1-2 for 100-mile and 100K races on a loop course in Prince William Forest Park. No New England residents were among the 51 finishers of the 100-mile race, however two New Englanders were among the 81 to complete the 100K race.
Circling a 23-mile loop followed by two 19.5-mile loops, 27-year-old Greg Johnson of Dillsburg, Pa., got the job done first and won in 9:59:11. His closest competitor, women’s champion Kristen Johnson, 43, of St. Catherine’s, Ontario, finished in 10:16:15. They were the lone sub-11-hour finishers of the 100K within the 20-hour time limit.
James Lindsay, 52, of West Boylston, Mass., notched a top-10 overall finish and placed ninth among the men in 13:28:58. He was the second New Englander to crack the top 10. Erik Johnson, 25, of Pownal, Maine, placed sixth overall and fifth among the men in 13:05:56.
*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.