Britta Clark continued her recent domination of New England ultras with her overall win at the Moosalamoo 36-miler on Saturday in Vermont, leading a large contingent of New England runners. Additionally, Dan Kelley of Lynnfield, Mass., made his 100-mile debut with a strong showing at Angeles Crest in California, Cambridge resident David Huang tackled the tough Volcanic 50K in Washington, and Medford’s Emily Holland made her ultramarathon debut at the high-alpine Sheep Mountain 50K in Colorado. Details from those four races are featured in this week’s roundup.
Britta Clark has been nearly unstoppable on the ultra scene during the past two years with two victories at the Catamount 50K, wins at the Killington 50K and Ochocho 50K, and a third-place finish at the Vermont 50-miler to her credit during that span.
Clark added another win to her resume on Saturday, Aug. 3, when the 25-year-old resident of Goshen, Vt., earned the overall win at the Moosalamoo 36-miler in her hometown. Clark threw down a women’s course-record time and the second fastest time ever on the course by any runner (only men’s course record-holder Gabriel Miller’s 5:33:28 is faster). Clark – who will next race the Castle Peak 100K on Aug. 24 in California – outdistanced the rest of the field by more than half an hour.
Overall runner-up and men’s winner Peter Lawry, 39, of Charlestown, N.H., finished in 6:26:58, followed by Daniel Rogers, 23, of Ballston Spa, N.Y., in 6:50:56, and 49-year-old David Ricklefs of South Burlington, Vt., in 7:04:24. Kevin Ford, 30, of Winooski, Vt., rounded out the overall top five in 7:15:39.
While Clark led the way in the women’s race, her fellow podium finishers also placed in the overall top 10. Runner-up Loli Arosemena, 39, of Glastonbury, Conn., was sixth overall in 7:34:21, and third-place woman Keely Henderson, 48, of Bristol, Vt., finished 10th overall in 8:01:04.
The top finishers from Massachusetts were 27-year-old Deirdre Koenen of Brighton and 47-year-old Fernando Salcido of Somerville who were 11th and 12th overall in 8:03:50 and 8:14:46, respectively. Other finishers from Massachusetts included 36-year-old Marian Jamison-Smith of Gloucester (9:19:35); 55-year-old Phil Tatro of Grafton (10:16:51); 40-year-old Erin Tiernan of Oak Bluffs (10:31:54); and 57-year-old Katya Divari of Ashland (10:43:53). Forty-one runners finished the race within 13 1/2 hours.
Angeles Crest 100
Two Massachusetts men – one a first-time 100-miler and the other a seasoned veteran – represented New England at the 32nd annual Angeles Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run on Aug. 3-4 in Wrightwood, Calif.
Dan Kelley, 41, of Lynnfield, Mass., made his 100-mile debut at the race, while 37-year-old Russell Dresher of Berlin, Mass., entered the race with plenty of experience at the distance from having finished at least five 100-milers previously. Both men had strong performances at the race as they handled the heat and the climbing effectively. In doing so, they finished in the top 40 percent of the field.
Kelley has raced extensively in California during the past three years, most recently in May in Stinson Beach at the Miwok 100K. He navigated the Angeles Crest course just fine and finished 39th overall in 26:49:43. Dresher joined Kelley at the finish line less than two hours later, placing 61st overall in 28:28:18.
Ruperto Romero, 55, of Huntington Park, Calif., won the race in 19:39:09, followed more than an hour later by runner-up Wyatt Millon, 23, of Santa Monica, Calif., in 20:46:07. Melissa Danehey, 35, of Los Osos, Calif., finished first in the women’s field and 26th overall in 25:26:25.
David Huang eased into ultramarathon running in late 2018 when he ran his first ultra at the TARC Fall Classic 50K. He upped the ante in June with his second 50K on the rugged terrain at Wachusett Mountain at The North Face Endurance Challenge.
For his third ultra, Huang traveled out-of-state to the eighth annual Volcanic 50K on Saturday, Aug. 3, in Cougar, Wash., and the 35-year-old resident of Cambridge, Mass., was up for the challenge.
The “heavy” 50K race took runners on a journey around Mt. St. Helens on singletrack trails while climbing around 7,500 feet along the way as they amassed more than 32 miles. Huang was one of 171 runners to finish the race in less than 12 hours. He finished in the middle of the field, placing 81st overall in 9:34:11.
Connor Meakin, 31, of Vancouver, B.C., took top honors in the men’s race, winning in 5:27:22 with the third-fastest time in course history. Cassi Knight, 31, of Portland, Ore., set the women’s course record of 6:03:37, breaking her own mark set in 2018 by 21 minutes, and finished fifth overall.
No New England residents finished the 50-mile race at the fifth annual Sheep Mountain Endurance Runs on Saturday, Aug. 3, in Fairplay, Colo., but two runners from the region finished the second running of the event’s 50K.
Racing at more than 10,000 feet above sea level for much of the day, 35-year-old Jereme Leafe of Manchester, N.H., finished sixth overall and fifth in the men’s field in 6:14:00 on the 32.5-mile course. David Roche, 31, of Boulder, Colo., was the overall winner in 4:51:00, and fellow Boulder resident Chelsea Bolton, 30, finished third overall and first in the women’s field in 5:37:00.
Emily Holland, 28, of Medford, Mass., made the race her ultramarathon debut, and she finished 39th overall in 9:08:00. Sixty-two runners completed the race within 15 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.