Seven New England residents and two former Bay Staters took part in a wild weekend at the 46th annual Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. The former residents had fine days – former Boston resident Kyle Pietari, 32, now of Edgewater, Colo., earned his fourth straight top-10 finish, placing 10th overall in 15:56:15, and former Hudson resident Liz Canty, 27, now of Huntsville, Ala., finished 13th in the women’s field in 20:55:49 – and many of the current residents had memorable weekends, too. Continue reading New England Highlights from the 46th Annual Western States Endurance Run
Monthly Archives: June 2019
Western States 2019: Resources for Following the Race
Months of waiting and training are over. For seven New England residents and 362 of their fellow dreamers, the 46th annual Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is under way. Continue reading Western States 2019: Resources for Following the Race
Burke Continues Big Year with Victory at Vegan Power 50K
With two victories to his credit at trail ultramarathons in eastern Massachusetts already this year, Brian Burke set his sights on the trails of western Massachusetts on Saturday, June 22, when he took part in the Vegan Power 50K in Pittsfield, Mass.
By the time he was done, Burke had earned his first win in the west after a day of tough racing and fast running on the singletrack dirt and rocky, root-covered trails of Pittsfield State Forest. Continue reading Burke Continues Big Year with Victory at Vegan Power 50K
MassUltra Roundup: Manitou’s Revenge, Catamount, Broken Arrow, Many on the Genny, and Old Cascadia
While more than 130 runners were taking on the trails of Pittsfield State Forest in western Massachusetts for the 50K and 25K races at the BURCS’ Vegan Power Trail Races, several more runners headed out-of-state to race. Some headed to neighboring New York, where Westborough’s Ben Nephew brought home a win and Woburn’s Samantha LeBlanc earned a second-place finish; others went north to Vermont for the popular Catamount 50K. Others, like Pittsfield’s Kehr Davis, took on the grueling Broken Arrow Sky Race in California, while a few more raced the Many on the Genny 50K in New York and the 50-mile race at Oregon’s Old Cascadia. Those five races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Manitou’s Revenge, Catamount, Broken Arrow, Many on the Genny, and Old Cascadia
Results: Vegan Power 50K
The Berkshire Ultrarunning Community for Service (BURCS) played host to the sixth annual Vegan Power 50K ultramarathon and 25K trail race on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Pittsfield State Forest. Continue reading Results: Vegan Power 50K
MassUltra Roundup: Drummer Hill, Run Ragged, and Bighorn
Will Swenson of Andover, Mass., made a successful debut at the Drummer Hill 50K in New Hampshire, taking top honors in the men’s field, while Mont Vernon, N.H., resident Yuki Chorney improved on her runner-up effort a year ago by bringing home the women’s win on Saturday. Additionally, plenty of runners from the region took part in Connecticut’s first last-person-standing race, and a handful of others traveled to Wyoming to take part in the Big Horn Trail Race ultras. We’ve got all three races covered in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Drummer Hill, Run Ragged, and Bighorn
MassUltra Roundup: Infinitus and Black Mountain Monster
While most New England ultrarunners racing on June 8-9 did so at Wachusett Mountain at The North Face Endurance Challenge-Massachusetts, a few were recovering from the previous week’s assortment of ultra distances at Infinitus in Vermont and a few more traveled to North Carolina for the Black Mountain Monster. With heavy in-state racing last weekend, it’s a light week for this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Infinitus and Black Mountain Monster
Howard’s Huge Day Ends in Victory at Wachusett Mountain
With just one ultramarathon finish on his resume prior to the 50-mile race on Saturday, June 8, at The North Face Endurance Challenge in Princeton, Mass., Noah Howard’s victory likely turned a few heads.
A man who raced alongside Howard during last year’s TNFEC 50-miler at Wachusett Mountain surely saw it coming, however. Continue reading Howard’s Huge Day Ends in Victory at Wachusett Mountain
Results: TNFEC-Wachusett Mountain
The third annual The North Face Endurance Challenge-Massachusetts 50-Mile and 50K ultramarathons took place Saturday, June 8, at Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass. Continue reading Results: TNFEC-Wachusett Mountain
Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Enjoys Surge in Popularity in Year Two
When Amy Rusiecki launched the inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra and 25K in 2018, the veteran race director expected to start small and enjoy some gradual, organic growth as the years went by.
Maybe it was convenient scheduling, good timing or simply the allure of a new place to run, but year two of the event – which took place June 1-2 at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass. – saw the organic part of its growth doused with a full package of Miracle-Gro, so to speak. A field of 77 runners completed either 100 miles, 100K, 50 miles, 50K or 25K at the 2018 race. In 2019, the number who tackled those distances doubled to 144. Continue reading Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Enjoys Surge in Popularity in Year Two