There were at least 38 North American ultramarathons April 12-14, and it sure seemed like runners from Massachusetts were at almost all of them. Heck, FOUR of them took place in New England – the Trail Animals Running Club’s classic Don’t Run Boston 50K, as well as the Runamuck 50K in Vermont and the Traprock 50K and Enchanted Forest 6-Hour, which both were held in Connecticut. All of those will be included in separate writeups, so this roundup focuses on the races outside of the region; seven of them are included here. Two guys from the Bay State earned top-10 finishes at the Trail Mix 50K in Minnesota to lead us off. We’ve also got Kelly Manchester’s run at the Bull Run Run 50-miler in Virginia; Jonathan Clemente’s double-marathon in Virginia; and recaps of the Lake Sonoma 50 in California, the Oak Mountain 50K in Alabama, the Whiskey Basin Ultras in Arizona, and the Zion Ultras in Utah. Those races make up Round 1 of this week’s roundups.
Trail Mix 50K
Two Massachusetts men were among the top performers at the Trail Mix 50K on Saturday, April 13, in Rockford, Minn. Racing on a 12.5K loop course at the Lake Rebecca Park Preserve, both Alexander McQuown and Benjamin Nosek turned in top-10 efforts. McQuown, 24, of Cambridge, Mass., finished third overall in 4:39:36, just four seconds behind runner-up Mark Emmons, 27, of Minneapolis, Minn. Ryan Soule, 27, of Woodbury, Minn., was the overall winner in 4:31:13. Nosek, 43, of Milton, Mass., placed ninth overall in 5:07:08.
Ninety-five runners finished the race within 8 1/2 hours.
Bull Run Run 50
Kelly Manchester has done most of her ultrarunning on the trails of New England, most notably finishing the Ghost Train 100-miler in New Hampshire in October 2018, winning the Cape Cod Trail Race 50K in 2014, and collecting victories at Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass 50K in 2014 and 2018.
On Saturday, April 13, the 35-year-old resident of Fairhaven, Mass., ventured to Clifton, Va., to tackle 50 miles at the 25th running of the Bull Run Run 50. The race took place on the Bull Run-Occoquan Trail and a few smaller adjoining trails. Unlike many of Virginia’s notorious ultras, the Bull Run Run covers mostly dirt singletrack trails and rolling hills with a few brief rocky sections thrown in. Manchester cruised through the course and was the 62nd overall finisher in 11:15:05.
Sheila Vibert, 37, of Arlington, Va., was the top female finisher in 8:59:52. James Blandford, 49, of Hamburg, Pa., was the top male and lone sub-8-hour finisher in 7:57:16.
Blue Ridge Double Marathon
The concept of “doubling” has grown in recent years throughout the New England ultrarunning community, with some Boston Marathon qualifiers choosing to start race day extra-early by first running the race course in reverse and then lining up and running back to Boston from Hopkinton as part of the official race.
It turns out “doubling” has been popular at the Blue Ridge Marathon for several years, and a few years ago race organizers made “doubling” an official option. One Massachusetts resident capitalized on that opportunity on Saturday, April 13, in Roanoke, Va. Jonathan Clemente, 25, was one of 59 runners to start their morning at either 1 a.m. or 2:30 a.m., finish a first marathon and then race a second. Clemente finished 16th overall in his double-marathon in 10:37:01. Jordan Chang, 31, of Blacksburg, Va., was the lone runner to do the double in less than eight hours, finishing in 7:17:46.
Lake Sonoma 50
Western States Golden Tickets were at stake at the 12th annual Lake Sonoma 50 on Saturday, April 13, in Healdsburg, Calif., with the coveted spots in the sport’s first 100-mile footrace going to 23-year-old Jared Hazen of Flagstaff, Ariz. (6:08:31) and 30-year-old Frenchman Sebastien Spehler (6:15:47) on the men’s side and 32-year-old Anna Mae Flynn of Marble, Colo. (7:25:15) and 32-year-old Addie Bracy of Longmont, Colo. (7:27:57) on the women’s side. Bracy finished third in a close women’s field, but women’s runner-up Yiou Wang, 34, of San Anselmo, Calif., already earned a Golden Ticket earlier this year at the Black Canyon 100K so the prize rolled down a spot to Bracy.
Seven New England residents were among the 276 finishers of the race within 14 hours, which took place on mostly singletrack dirt trails and amassed around 10,500 feet of vertical gain. One runner from the region didn’t snag a Golden Ticket but did earn a top-10 finish. Vincent Dimassa, 26, of New Haven, Conn., placed 10th overall in 7:05:59. Others from the region to finish were Kanoa King, 30, of Portsmouth, N.H., who placed 41st in 8:27:29; Conor Callahan, 24, of Wilton, Conn., who was 43rd in 8:31:32; Douglas Hall, 41, of Belmont, Mass., who finished 67th in 9:30:37; Tyler Labrie, 27, of Concord, N.H., who finished 81st in 9:48:38; Andrew Erickson, 23, of Lebanon, N.H., who was 89th in 9:58:18; and 28-year-old Leah Jacobson-Hardy of Florence, Mass., who finished 136th overall in 11:00:22.
Oak Mountain 50K
After racing heavily in the Georgia and Alabama area as a Georgia resident, 44-year-old James Dinsmore, now of Sudbury, Mass., returned to the area to take part in the 20th annual Oak Mountain 50K on Saturday, April 13, in Pelham, Ala. Dinsmore was one of 67 runners to complete the race within nine hours. Racing on wooded singletrack trails and making two trips to the summit of Double Oak Mountain, Dinsmore completed the race in 7:15:49 and placed 42nd overall. Chris Edmonds, 40, of Birmingham, Ala., was the overall winner in 4:48:21.
Oak Mountain was Dinsmore’s first race back in Alabama since finishing the Pinhoti 100 in Sylacuga in November 2018.
Whiskey Basin Ultras
The fourth annual Whiskey Basin Ultras took runners on 88K and 60K journeys through the forests and desert trails along the Prescott Circle Trail in Prescott, Ariz., on Saturday, April 13. Three New England residents took part in the adventure, with Tim Cronk representing the region in the longer race and Bill Howard and Heather Webber taking part in the shorter ultra.
Cronk, 56, of Laconia, N.H., finished 15th out of 94 runners in the 88K with a time of 10:36:02. The men’s and women’s victories went to local Phoenix, Ariz., couple Zach and Nicole Bitter who finished first and fourth overall in 8:06:13 and 8;39:06, respectively.
Meanwhile, Howard and Webber were among the 80 runners to finish the 60K within 13 hours. Howard, 70, of Winchester, Mass., clocked a time of 8:48:56, good for 46th overall. Webber, 55, of Laconia, N.H., was 57th overall in 9:11:33. Oliver Knauer, 25, of Glendale, Ariz., took top honors among the men in 5:00:54 while 29-year-old Carrie Henderson of Tucson, Ariz., was the top woman in 6:50:41.
Two New England men tackled the 100-mile distance – one for the first time and one a seasoned veteran and covering triple-digit mileage – at the Zion Ultras on April 12-13 in Virgin, Utah.
Christopher Carmody of Lynn, Mass. And Bill Tidd of Alton Bay, N.H., both were among the 149 runners to complete the 100-mile race within the 34-hour time limit. Racing through the desert near Zion National Park, runners made multiple steep, technical climbs and amassed more than 10,000 feet of climbing during the race. Tidd, a 100-mile veteran, was among the top performers in the race. He finished sixth overall was one of 11 runners to complete the course in less than 24 hours, finishing in 21:56:49. Christopher Concannon of San Francisco, Calif., won the race in 19:05:11. Shalise Morgan of Orem, Utah, was the first-place woman in 25:22:30.
Zion was Tidd’s first 100-miler in Utah and at least his sixth time running at least triple-digit mileage in the past six years. Zion joins the Tahoe Rim Trail 100, Cascade Crest 100, Vermont 100, Run Rabbit Run 100, and Fat Dog 120 on his list of big finishes.
Meanwhile, Zion was Carmody’s 100-mile debut, and he too had a solid outing on the challenging course. Carmody earned a spot in the top third of the field, placing 41st overall in 27:56:52.
Ten New England residents were among the 256 runners to complete the 100K race within 22 hours. Molly DeLallo of Canaan, Vt., led the way by placing 12th overall and third among the women’s field to earn a spot on the podium in 11:22:54. Katie Asmuth of Culver City, Calif., was the third overall finisher and women’s winner in 9:57:09 while Brady Poskin of Kansas City, Mo., won the men’s race in 9:42:54. Other runners from the region to finish the 100K were Dylan Brann and Rebecca Geib, both of Bar Harbor, Maine, in 12:53:37 and 12:53:38, respectively; Carina Halloran of Plantsville, Conn., in 13:34:39; Anna Pluta of Weston, Conn., in 14:55:05; Sarah Greer of Simsbury, Conn., in 16:19:33; Charlotte Clews of Blue Hill, Maine, in 16:30:51; David Sailor of Weare, N.H., in 18:39:54; Christopher Wargo of Marlborough, Conn., in 19:35:26; and Amanda Walters of Southbury, Conn. In 19:35:27.
Another 310 runners completed the 50K race, led by men’s and women’s winners Kristian Wieclawek of Calgary, Alberta, in 4:35:43, and Stephanie Amack of Nashville, Tenn., in 4:53:18. Three New England residents – Kiel Becker, Hannah White and Shannon Austin – all finished that distance. Becker, of Worcester, Mass., finished 42nd in 5:53:05; White, of Holden, Mass., was 58th in 6:05:48; and Austin, of Morrisville, Vt., was 181st in 7:34:14.
*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.