The Oct. 12-13 weekend was a big one for ultramarathons – and not just in Massachusetts. Sure, several runners took part in the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail races and a few dozen more tackled the Race for DFL, but several runners ventured beyond the Bay State to race. From victories at the Ultra Trails Lake Tahoe 100-miler in California by Haroldas Subertas of Amesbury, Mass., and the Cloudsplitter 50K by Tyler Dion of Leominster, Mass., to a first-time ultra for Brian Bayness of Winchester, Mass., in New Jersey, to the Big Brad Ultras in Maine, the Muleskinner 50 in Pennsylvania and the Tesla Hertz ultras in New York, there was plenty of racing to go around.
Ultra Trails Lake Tahoe
Just 30 percent of the field finished the inaugural Ultra-Trails Lake Tahoe 100-miler on Oct. 12-13 in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Runners had 33 hours to complete the course and its nearly 11,000 feet of climbing. Just six did so. The winner hailed from the Bay State.
Haroldas Subertas, 28, of Amesbury, Mass., brought home the victory in 23:52:44. He was the only runner to break the 24-hour barrier. This was Subertas’s third year in a row completing a 100-mile race. He finished his first 100-miler, the No Business 100 in Kentucky, in 2017. In 2018, he finished the Autumn 100 in Oxfordshire, U.K.
Batona Trail Races
Brian Bayness earned his first ultramarathon finish at the fifth annual Batona Trail Races 50-miler on Saturday, Oct. 12. The point-to-point race followed the Batona Trail, starting in Ong’s Hat and finishing in Bass River, N.J. Twenty-eight runners completed the race within 14 hours, and the top seven did so in less than 10 hours. Bayness, 43, of Winchester, Mass., finished seventh overall in 9:55:15. Kevin Scott, 35, of Huntingdon Valley, Pa., won the race in 8:34:45.
The sixth annual Cloudsplitter Ultras featured a different course from the event’s early years. The event on Oct. 12-13 in Norton, VA, used to begin in Kentucky and weave back and forth across the state line with Virginia. The new course sticks to Virginia.
The 100-mile race measured 103.8 miles and challenged runners with more than 18,000 feet of climbing. Karl Meltzer, 51, of Sandy, Utah, earned the victory in 21:16:24. Ricardo Beier, 46, of Mexico, Maine, was the lone New England resident who finished. He placed eighth overall in 32:43:22, well under the 40-hour cutoff.
In the 100K race, Kathryn Seyfarth, 29, of Ashland, Mass., was the first-place woman and sixth overall finisher in 17:32:14. It was just Seyfarth’s second ultramarathon, following her third-place finish at the TARC Summer Classic 50K in August. Nick Cornell, 28, of Fredericksburg, Va., was the men’s 100K winner in 13:46:03. Stephen Reed, 61, of Penacook, N.H., finished seventh overall in the 100K in 18:12:28.
The weekend’s shortest race was the 50K, and 23-year-old Tyler Dion of Leominster, Mass., brought home the victory at that distance in 5:17:41. His closest competitor, 38-year-old Thomas Taylor of Cincinnati, Ohio, followed in 6:03:50.
Big Brad Ultras
The eighth annual Big Brad 50-mile and 50K ultras took place on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, Maine. Runners again took on two or three 16.2-mile loops of singletrack trails over Tryon Mountain, Chandler Brook, and through the winding, leaf-covered dirt of the state park.
The 50-mile Punisher lived up to its name as just 13 of the 28 starters ultimately finished. Benjamin Feinson, 27, of Burlington, Vt., brought home the win in the men’s field in 8:32:28. Jeff Beaudoin, 37, of York, Maine, was a distant second in 9:22:03, followed by 33-year-old Barry Howe of Lebanon, N.H., in 9:32:49 and 24-year-old Roger Stone of Cambridge, Mass., in 9:33:07. Fifth-place male Jesse Veinotte also broke the 10-hour mark as the 38-year-old from Hubbardston, Mass., clocked a time of 9:43:39. In the women’s race, 47-year-old Kimberly Battipaglia of New Haven, Conn., earned the victory in 9:35:30, followed by 24-year-old Elizabeth McGurk of New Ipswich, N.H., in 10:30:46 and 25-year-old Cianne Plummer of Portland, Maine, in 11:10:54.
Another 27 runners finished the 50K Pounder race. Mike Calazzo, 43, of Cumberland, Maine, brought home the overall win in 4:46:47, followed by Erik Brooks, 32, of Camden, Maine, in 4:55:09, and 25-year-old Erik Johnson of Pownal, Maine, in 5:02:36. Taylor Mitchell, 30, of Freeport, Maine, won the women’s race in 6:07:53, followed by Missy Cormier, 40, of Freeport, Maine, in 6:57:58, and Jill Lizotte, 41, of Coventry, R.I., in 7:17:39.
Muleskinner Endurance Runs
Fresh off his first ultramarathon at the TARC Summer Classic 40-miler in August, Zachary Rex upped his distance by earning his first 50-mile finish at the inaugural Muleskinner Endurance Runs on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Upper Black Eddy, Pa. Racing on a flat and fast loop course that started and finished in Tinicum Park Erwina, Pa., along the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpaths, Rex finished right in the middle of the 16-finisher field. The 21-year-old from Boston, Mass., placed eighth overall in 9:23:57. Michael D’Aulerio, 32, of Springfield, Pa., was the lone sub-eight-hour finisher, logging a time of 7:44:55. Steven Jungkeit, 45, of Old Lyme, Conn., landed on the men’s podium in his first ultramarathon, placing third in 8:12:05.
Tesla Hertz 100
Ten loops around a 10-mile loop course once gain lured runners to Rocky Point, N.Y., as 28 completed the seventh annual Tesla Hertz 100-miler on Oct. 12-13. Kelaine Conochan, 36, of Washington, D.C., was the overall winner (21:05:47), followed by men’s champion Peter Notarnicola, 25, of Massapequa, N.Y. (22:23:17). Five New England residents joined them in finishing the race within the 30-hour time limit.
Mark Conley, 53, of North Kingstown, R.I., finished seventh overall in 24:23:59; Michael Condella, 32, of Revere, Mass., was ninth in 25:28:42; 44-year-old Reagan Fitzgibbons of Portland, Conn., was the 13th overall finisher and fourth-place female in 26:56:54; Mason Mosel, 34, of Corinth, Vt., finished 15th in 27:16:14; and 21-year-old Krista Fasciano of Berlin, Conn., earned her first 100-mile finish in 29:34:14.
In the five-loop, 50-mile race, Fiona Cosham was one of the 15 finishers. The 53-year-old from Southbury, Conn., finished sixth overall and was the second-place female in 10:59:26.
*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.