Pandemic Doesn’t Deny Furtado His 100K Dream

For several months, Timothy Furtado eyed the ultramarathon world with curiosity. He’d been a runner for several years, completing distances from 5K through the marathon on numerous occasions, but the idea of going farther intrigued him. Continue reading Pandemic Doesn’t Deny Furtado His 100K Dream

Trail-Running Film Festival to be a Live-Stream Event on May 1

Since 2014, the Trail-Running Film Festival has been a popular draw for trail- and ultrarunners nationwide in search of inspiration or entertainment featuring our terrain of choice. In Massachusetts, the festival has made several trips to the Capitol Theatre in Arlington and played to sold-out audiences. Continue reading Trail-Running Film Festival to be a Live-Stream Event on May 1

Vegan Power 50K to Go Virtual, Alford Springs 6-Hour Canceled

Pittsfield State Forest has been the home of the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s Vegan Power 50K for six years, and the BURCS plan on keeping it that way in the years ahead. For 2020, however, the race will be a virtual experience. Continue reading Vegan Power 50K to Go Virtual, Alford Springs 6-Hour Canceled

Mitchener Uses Running Superpower to Bring Laughter to Neighbors During Pandemic

March 20 wasn’t a typical Friday in Lynnfield, Mass. In fact, it may have been the strangest of Fridays in recent memory for residents of that town and many others throughout Massachusetts, for it was the Friday that closed out the first week of a partial statewide shutdown to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Schools had been shuttered on short notice, forcing parents and teachers to scramble to figure out childcare solutions. Many people transitioned to working from home while some were laid off. Restaurants closed. Barber shops and hair salons locked their doors. Parks and playgrounds were deemed off limits. These were strange times, indeed. Continue reading Mitchener Uses Running Superpower to Bring Laughter to Neighbors During Pandemic

Ultra Lessons Propel Agbay, Bakery to Find Opportunity, Optimism Amid Pandemic

Christopher Agbay stood at the trailhead and stared into the woods ahead of him. The sun was still rising, gradually illuminating the trail he was about to take on. On good days, the Wapack Trail packs a serious punch. On days where conditions aren’t so great—days like this—it can be downright grueling. Thunderstorms had recently soaked the area for several hours. Now here he was, at 6:45 a.m., ready to embrace whatever the trails had in store for him. Continue reading Ultra Lessons Propel Agbay, Bakery to Find Opportunity, Optimism Amid Pandemic

For Levandosky, Land Conservation is Key to Protecting, Expanding Trails

While out for a run on the Ware River Rail-Trail on Tuesday, March 31, Steve Levandosky encountered a sign that inspired him to stop, pull out his phone and snap a photo.
“Use of this trail is a privilege & not a right,” the sign read.

The message resonated with Levandosky—both the first and second parts of it. Continue reading For Levandosky, Land Conservation is Key to Protecting, Expanding Trails

For Woburn with Love: LeBlanc to Take on Towanda to Benefit Community

Standing at the base of Horn Pond Mountain, Samantha LeBlanc caught her breath, gathered herself, and stared up the trail toward the summit.

Towanda, she thought as she steeled herself for what she was about to do. She took a deep breath, gritted her teeth and charged forward.

Towanda! Continue reading For Woburn with Love: LeBlanc to Take on Towanda to Benefit Community