The inaugural Running Below the Noise 12-Hour and 6-Hour Ultramarathons have been canceled as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States.
The event, which was slated to take place Sept. 20 in Yarmouth Port, Mass., offered runners the opportunity to log as much mileage as possible during each respective time limit while running on a 2-mile loop course at Camp Wingate Kirkland. The event was organized as a fundraiser for Calmer Choice.
Running Below the Noise is the 14th Massachusetts ultramarathon to be canceled this year due to the pandemic. Additionally, three other events have been postponed, while four more converted to virtual races. The last in-person ultramarathon race to take place in the state was the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARCtic Frozen Yeti on Feb. 1-2. The Davis Square Runners postponed their annual April fatass-style event and ultimately held it in a socially-distanced fashion in June with runners running routes of their own choosing rather than following an established course. The next Massachusetts in-person ultramarathons currently on the schedule are the TARC Fall Classic on Oct. 3 at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle and Beast Coast Trail Running’s Race for DFL Last Person Standing event Oct. 3-4 in Pelham, though race directors continue to monitor the situation for both events.