February has been relatively quiet on the Massachusetts ultrarunning scene, save for the month’s opening weekend when more than 100 runners took on the trails of Hale Reservation for up to 30 hours at the TARCtic Frozen Yeti. In the weeks since, a handful of runners have traveled beyond the Bay State to race – most to neighboring Connecticut – and a few beyond New England. The weekend of Feb. 22-23 was particularly quiet, with just a handful of runners stepping to the starting line. A few did so in New Jersey for 50K or 50 miles at the Febapple Frozen Fifty, while Beverly resident Peter MacEwen headed cross-country to California for the Mt. Umunhum 52K. Both races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Febapple and Mt. Umunhum
The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service kicked off its 2020 season with a new, virtual challenge: a treadmill ultramarathon and marathon. From Feb. 15-23, runners could select a 24-hour window to complete a marathon, 50K or – for just a little bit extra distance – a 50.1K, documenting their progress with time-stamped photos of the distance completed every time the treadmill stopped. Forty-two runners completed ultramarathon distances while another 49 completed a marathon on the treadmill. Continue reading Results: BURCS Treadmill Ultra and Marathon
WESTWOOD, Mass. – As the minutes ticked down before the 8 a.m. start of the second annual TARCtic Frozen Yeti 30-hour ultra on Feb. 1-2, a crowd of 115 runners made their way from the cozy confines of Powisset Lodge to the starting line just a few yards away.
The starting line was no fancy blow-up arch, just a temporary marking from a foot-drag along the frost-covered ground. Within a few hours, the line would disappear, lost to the warming temperature and the footsteps of runners passing by on multiple trips through the three mini loops that made up the 15-mile clover-leaf course on Hale Reservation’s winding trail system. Continue reading Runners Enjoy Mild Weather, Big Miles at the Frozen Yeti
The Massachusetts ultrarunning community has already had a busy 2020 with two fatass-style ultras and a 30-hour event. The Feb. 15-16 weekend was Connecticut’s turn to kick-off its ultra calendar with a big-mileage opportunity. The CT Trailmixers did just that by introducing a new 15-hour event – the Frozen Heart 900 – that saw 29 runners log ultramarathon mileage with two of them (George Daniels and Andrew Orefice) surpassing the 80-mile mark. Additionally, a handful of other runners from the region ventured outside of New England to race. That included South Deerfield’s Brian and Amy Rusiecki who continued their annual tradition of road-tripping to Virginia for some early-season racing, and several others who flew to the warmer climates of Arizona and Nevada for the Black Canyon Ultras and the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival. We’ve got them all covered in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Frozen Heart, Holiday Lake, Black Canyon, and the Jackpot Ultra Running Festival
February opened with a flurry on the New England ultrarunning scene with the second annual TARCtic Frozen Yeti 30-Hour Ultra in Westwood, Mass., but the following weekend was mostly quiet. Just a handful of runners from the region headed elsewhere to race on the Feb. 8-9 weekend, and those that did sought out both warmer and colder climates, from sunny California to chilly Maryland and New York. The weekend was highlighted by Revere resident Michael Condella, whose fifth finish of the Beast of Burden winter 100-miler leads off this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Beast of Burden, Sean O’Brien, and the Algonquin
The first weekend of February was a busy one for New England ultrarunners with the second annual TARCtic Frozen Yeti 30-hour ultra at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass., but a few runners sought warmer weather at races beyond the region. That included the Elephant Mountain 50K in Arizona and the Rocky Raccoon 100-miler and 100K in Texas, but Somerville’s Brian Burke highlighted the weekend with his runner-up finish at the Wild Florida 120-miler. Those three races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Wild Florida, Rocky Raccoon, and Elephant Mountain
WESTWOOD, Mass. – The Trail Animals Running Club played host to the second annual TARCtic Frozen Yeti 30-Hour Ultra on Feb. 1-2, 2020, at Hale Reservation. The following are a representative sample of photos from the race taken by MassUltra editor Chris Wristen. A full photo gallery with more than 200 pictures can be found on the MassUltra Facebook page at this link. Continue reading Photos: TARCtic Frozen Yeti 30-Hour Ultra