West Tisbury’s Stacia Broderick earned a tough 100K victory on the grueling trails of Worlds End State Park in Pennsylvania on Saturday, and Amherst’s Liam Cregan made his ultramarathon debut with a podium finish at the Cayuga Trails 50-miler in New York. We also highlight Virginia’s Old Dominion 100-miler, Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine 100, and Colorado’s North Fork 50 in this week’s roundup.
Worlds End Ultramarathons
Worlds End State Park in Forksville, Pa., has quickly earned a reputation for the gnarliness of its rugged trails. It’s the type of trail where New Englanders tend to thrive, and Stacia Broderick is no exception.
Broderick, 41, of West Tisbury, Mass., traveled to Pennsylvania for the 100K race on Saturday June 1 and dominated the women’s field – as well as most of the men – and finished in first place among the women and 15th overall in 14:34:37. Her closest competitor, Anna Piskorska, 46, of Blandon, Pa., finished in 15:15:03. Broderick’s time was one of the fastest ever by a woman on the course, though it wasn’t enough to take the course record from another New Englander, New Hampshire’s Kristina Folcik (13:29:42 in 2017).
Broderick was one of 97 runners to finish the race within the 19-hour time limit. Peter Keyo, 36, of Canton, Conn., was the top New England male to finish. He placed 10th in 14:08:09. Additionally, Jim McCaffrey, 42, of Hamden, Conn., placed 30th in 16:10:59. The men’s win went to 20-year-old Wesley Atkinson of Mill Hall, Pa., who earned his victory by nearly two hours, winning in 10:50:38.
Two Connecticut residents represented New England in the 50K race. Elaine Allen, 51, of Hamden finished 27th out of 118 in 7:38:57. Jennifer Broom, 45, of Branford finished 30th in 7:43:23.
Cayuga Trails 50
Liam Cregan first stepped onto the Northeast trail-running scene in 2018 with several strong performances at sub-ultra distances, winning the Greylock Trail Race half marathon and Breakneck Point 42K, as well as placing third at the 7 Sisters 12-miler. Cregan, 26, of Amherst, Mass., upped his game at 7 Sisters again in May, placing second this year with a 10-minute improvement. That left him primed to take on his first ultra.
Cregan took part in the seventh annual Cayuga Trails 50-miler on Saturday, June 1, in Ithaca, N.Y. The race served as the USATF 50-Mile Trail Championships, and Cregan made his presence felt on the out-and-back course with around 9,000 feet of vertical gain. He placed third overall in 7:46:30. Only two runners – 26-year-old Drew Holmen of San Francisco, Calif. (7:07:40) and Cole Crosby, 30, of Princeton, N.J. (7:33:27) – were faster.
Two New England women earned spots on the ladies’ podium. Christin Doneski, 48, of Hopkinton, N.H., finished second in 9:01:21 and Aliza Lapierre, 38, of Williston, Vt., was third in 9:06:53. Justyna Wilson, 43, of Fairless Hills, Pa., was the women’s champion in 8:52:25.
Three other New England residents earned top-25 finishes. Daniel Grip, 39, of Millers Falls, Mass., was 11th overall in 9:10:25; Blaire Byg, 27, of Somerville, Mass, was 17th overall and the sixth-place woman in 9:34:16; and Brian Shafer, 42, of Litchfield, Conn., placed 19th in 10:10:50.
Also among the finishers were 60-year-old Stephen Reed of Penacook, N.H. (11:27:18); Rebecca Burke, 43, of Portland, Conn. (12:33:54); David Redline, 53, of Middlebury, Conn. (13:41:21); and Serena Crutchfield, 37, of Cambridge, Mass. (13:59:09).
Old Dominion 100
Joseph D’Alessio has been checking off numerous classic 100-milers from his list. He started with Western States in 2009, and added the Bear 100 in 2016 and 2017, followed by Bighorn and Vermont in 2018.
D’Alessio has several more classics on his calendar for 2019, including Wasatch and Angeles Crest in addition to the newer High Lonesome 100 in Colorado, but he tackled his first 100-miler of the year at Old Dominion on June 1-2 at the Shenandoah County Fair Grounds in Fort Valley, Va.
First run in 1979, Old Dominion is one of the original 100-milers and it tests runners with a 28-hour time limit, 14,000 feet of vertical gain and a variety of types of terrain through the Massanutten Mountains, Shenandoah River Valley and Fort Valley. Sixty runners finished within the time limit, including D’Alessio, 42, of Cambridge, Mass. He placed 29th overall in 23:39:24.
Another Massachusetts resident, 42-year-old Tom Morton of Chicopee, also broke 24 hours, placing 32nd overall in 23:44:35.
Four more New England residents were among the finishers. They were 43-year-old Dave Baird of Shelburne, Vt., in 25:38:56; 58-year-old Bob Ayers of Colchester, Vt., in 25:38:58; 35-year-old Sharon Knorr of New Castle, N.H., in 27:19:37; and 50-year-old Melissa Ossanna of Bar Harbor, Maine, in 27:50:47.
Oliver LeBlond, 46, of Arlington, Va., was the first-place male in 16:56:20, and 44-year-old Kathleen Cusick of Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., was the first-place woman in 20:17:37.
Kettle Moraine 100
Steve Murray has three Vermont 100-mile finishes to his credit, but he diversified his buckle collection by adding one from the Kettle Moraine 100.
Murray, 55, of Milton, Mass., took part in the 23rd annual Kettle Moraine 100 on June 1-2 in La Grange, Wisc. He navigated the rolling hills, dirt and mud and battled the humidity on his way to completing the out-and-back course in 28:00:44.
Murray was one of 166 runners to complete the race within the 30-hour time limit. John Noll, 34, of Verona, Wisc., won the race by three hours, finishing in 16:17:30. Peeter Muursepp, 49, of Ritchfield, Conn., placed 23rd in 23:23:47 and was one of 36 runners to finish in less than 24 hours.
In the 100K race, 39-year-old Charlotte Armostrong of Newport, R.I., finished in 17:38:22 as the lone New England resident to compete at that distance.
North Fork 50
James Callaway has done most of his racing in New England, but the 56-year-old traveled West to add a high-altitude ultramarathon to his resume when he took part in the 10th annual North Fork 50 on Saturday, June 1, in Buffalo Creek, Colo.
Taking on a 50-mile course entirely at more than 6,700 feet above sea level with 6,500 feet of climbing in the Buffalo Creek Recreation Area and Pike National Forest, the resident of Shelburne Falls, Mass., placed 42nd out of 53 finishers within 14 hours. Callaway’s time was 12:09:39.
Zachary King, 32, of Boulder, Colo., won the race in 7:19:40 and was one of three runners to finish in less than eight hours.
*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.