MassUltra Roundup: Macedonia and Megunticook

In a normal year, it’s not unusual to have multiple roundups in a week this time of year as it’s typically the busiest season for ultramarathons. But in a pandemic year? We’ll take it! Four out-of-state ultras – the Pine Creek Challenge, Tunxis, the Boulder Field Ultra, and the Breaks – were highlighted on Tuesday. But there were additional in-person ultras held outside of Massachusetts on Sept. 12-13 that included runners from the Bay State and greater New England. Both the Macedonia 50K in Connecticut and the Megunticook 50K in Maine took place last weekend, so we’ve included them here in Part 2 of this week’s roundup.

Macedonia Trail Race

The Steep Endurance Trail Series is back to conducting in-person ultras in Connecticut, and the series made its return with the second running of the Macedonia Trail Race 50K on Sunday, Sept. 13, at Macedonia Brook State Park in Kent, Conn.

Twenty-four runners took on a three-loop course with more than 7,200 feet of gain, including three trips to the summit of Cobble Mountain. Twenty-one ultimately finished the race within 11 hours.

In the men’s field, Jim Harron and Marc Kelly led the field throughout the day with Harron, 57, of Brookfield, Conn., ultimately pulling away for the win in 6:31:48. Kelly, 43, of New Britain, Conn., finished second in 6:58:27. Renz Buhawe, 33, of Westerly, R.I., finished third among the men and fourth overall in 7:50:34.

In the women’s field, Robyn Bratica, 36, of Milford, Mass., cruised to the win and finished third overall in 7:19:44. Her performance was good for second all-time on the women’s course record board, just 10 minutes off the all-time mark of 7:09:43 by Kimberly Battipaglia in 2019. Teresa Escobar, 35, of Long Island City, N.Y., was the second-place woman and fifth overall finisher in 7:58:49. Battipaglia, 48, of New Haven, Conn., rounded out the women’s podium this year in 8:56:33.

Megunticook 50K

The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the inaugural running of the Megunticook 50K from happening on Saturday, Sept. 12, in Camden, Maine.

Sixty-six runners successfully tackled the rugged and scenic course that wound its way through Camden Hills State Park. They amassed more than 7,600 feet of vertical gain on the mostly singletrack and doubletrack trails, dodging lots of rocks along the way. Ultimately, the men’s race nearly ended in a photo finish as Chance Simonton, 27, of Lebanon, N.H., held off Tyler Deangelis, 27, of Readfield, Maine, by a matter of seconds. Simonton won in 5:19:52 while Deangelis placed second in 5:20:04. Joseph Reynolds, 35, of Westbrook, Maine, was a distant third in the men’s field and sixth overall in 5:58:28.

The top three women placed third, fourth, and fifth overall, respectively, and the top two were close until the end. Jennifer Britz, 42, of Bar Harbor, Maine, won the women’s race in 5:32:14, followed by Anne McKee, 22, of Islesboro, Maine, in 5:39:35. Tess Hamilton, 25, of Brunswick, Maine, rounded out the women’s podium and placed fifth overall in 5:53:24.

The top 10 overall runners all finished in 6:11 or faster. Haley Heinrich, 27, of Newbury, N.H., was the fourth-place woman and seventh overall finisher in 6:02:14; Judson Cake, 42, of Bar Harbor, Maine, was eighth overall in 6:02:24; Scott Eugley, 28, of Saco, Maine, was ninth in 6:03:07; and Bradford Eslin, 42, of Bucksport, Maine, rounded out the overall top 10 in 6:11:00.

The top Massachusetts finisher was Katie Clayton, 23, of Boston, Mass., who placed 14th overall in 6:34:47. Steve Holt, 37, of East Boston, Mass., finished 19th in 6:49:08; and Emily Harris, 23, of Boston, Mass., placed 21st in 6:58:03.

The top 21 runners all finished in 7 hours or less, and an additional 20 finished in less than 8 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.

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