Back at Hale, Burke Enjoys Another Big Run

Brian Burke has been To Hale and Back in 2019, and both times turned out pretty darn good.

It was just last month that Burke first went to Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass., where he received an intense introduction to the reservation’s rocky, rooty, winding trail system through the woods. The occasion was the TARCtic Frozen Yeti, a 30-hour ultramarathon that took place in 20-degree temperatures while the trails were coated in a thick layer of ice and a dusting of snow.

Burke spent more than 28 hours on the trails that weekend in early February on a course that consisted of three five-mile mini-loops labeled Red, White and Blue. He was one of three runners to finish with 100 miles; one runner went farther.

After seven weeks away, Burke went back to Hale Reservation on Saturday, March 23. This time his stay was shorter. Rather than a 30-hour race, he was there alongside 112 other runners for the Trail Animals Running Club’s fourth annual To Hale and Back 6-Hour Ultra. Continue reading Back at Hale, Burke Enjoys Another Big Run

MassUltra Roundup: Mt. Tammany, Get Lucky, Antelope Island, and Cape Fear

A pair of Massachusetts ultrarunners – South Deerfield’s Brian Rusiecki and Boston’s Kevin Koncilja – kicked of their 2019 seasons with runner-up finishes last weekend, Rusiecki at the Mt. Tammany 10! in New Jersey and Koncilja at the Get Lucky 50/50 in Ohio. Meanwhile, Framingham’s Art Beauregard earned his first 100-mile finish at the Antelope Island Buffalo Run in Utah. Additionally, we tracked down a few local runners’ performances March 16 at the Badwater: Cape Fear Ultras in North Carolina. Those four races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Mt. Tammany, Get Lucky, Antelope Island, and Cape Fear

Reflections on the Frozen Yeti: Low on Heat, High on Heart

In the more than a month that has passed since the inaugural running of the TARCtic Frozen Yeti, the snow and ice on the trails has melted, disappeared, refallen and refrozen, and is in the process of melting once again.

Winter is beginning to release its grip on New England, so we’re taking one last look back at a first-year event that lived up to its name. Continue reading Reflections on the Frozen Yeti: Low on Heat, High on Heart

MassUltra Roundup: Marin Ultra Challenge, Trail Trashed, and Everglades

A few new faces in New England made big splashes during their return trip to the West Coast last weekend as Boston resident Lance Doherty delivered a top-10 finish at the Marin Ultra Challenge 50K in California and Vincent Dimassa of New Haven, Conn., had a happy homecoming by winning the 50-miler. Those performances, plus the Trail Trashed Ultra in Nevada and the Everglades Ultras in Florida are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Marin Ultra Challenge, Trail Trashed, and Everglades

New England’s Newest Ultra Set for April at Mt. Toby in Sunderland

The ultrarunning scene in Western Massachusetts is getting a new race in 2019.
The inaugural Mt. Toby Ultra is the newest addition to the growing ultramarathon racing schedule in the Bay State’s more mountainous half, and it’s the second Massachusetts ultra to be organized by Race Director Amy Rusiecki. Continue reading New England’s Newest Ultra Set for April at Mt. Toby in Sunderland

MassUltra Roundup: Caumsett, Naked Bavarian, and Way Too Cool

While the ultrarunning calendar was quiet last weekend in Massachusetts, runners didn’t have to travel too far beyond the Bay State’s borders to find some competition. Sheffield’s John Kemp and Cambridge’s Padraig Mullins went to neighboring New York to race the Caumsett 50K. Meanwhile, Norwell’s Jim Diggins made his third straight March trip to Pennsylvania for the Naked Bavarian 40-miler. Additionally, Trail Animals Running Club legend Bob Crowley played in the mud out west at the Way Too Cool 50K. All three races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Caumsett, Naked Bavarian, and Way Too Cool