A light weekend of ultramarathon racing took place on Nov. 14-15, with just a handful of races involving runners from New England. Most who chose to race opted to combine their miles with beers at the inaugural 8 Hours at the Brewery, while another headed to Georgia for a 24-hour track race. Both events are covered in this week’s roundup.
8 Hours at the Brewery
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t stop the inaugural 8-Hours at the Brewery from taking place on Saturday, Nov. 14, in New Milford, Conn.
The organizers from Steep Endurance ditched the “steep” for this event, instead offering runners a 1-mile, flat, loop course on the trails of Native Meadows Preserve behind Housatonic River Brewing Company.
Runners had 8 hours to tackle the loop as many times as possible before settling down to enjoy celebratory beers, and there also was a 4-hour option for runners to choose from.
Fifty-eight runners toed the line for the 8-hour race, and 52 of them surpassed the marathon distance before the time expired. The top three men all hit the 50-mile mark within that time, led by 40-year-old Justin Kousky of Westport, Conn., who took home the win with 55 miles. Steven Young, 26, of Saylorsburg, Pa., was second with 51 miles, followed by 42-year-old Eric Ciocca of Northampton, Mass., with 50 miles.
In the women’s field, 38-year-old Tessa Mah of Southington, Conn., earned the win with 46 miles, followed closely by 45-year-old Rebecca Burke of Portland, Conn., with 45 miles and 41-year-old Jes Parker of Westport, Conn., with 44 miles.
Joining Ciocca from the Massachusetts contingent were 35-year-old Kiel Ormerod of Medford who finished sixth overall with 44 miles; 50-year-old Matthew Hall of Dudley with 38 miles; 24-year-old Bethany Lamonde of Cambridge with 36 miles; and 44-year-old Kyle Robidoux of Roxbury who followed up his 100-mile performance a week earlier at the Hamsterwheel 30-Hour Ultra with a 31-mile recovery run.
Forty-eight runners took part in the 4-hour race, with 36-year-old Cody Cutler of Sterling, Mass., taking home the overall win with 31 miles just one month after finishing his first 100-mile race at the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail. Tom Starodaj, 33, of New Britain, Conn., and Maciej Nowicki, 32, of Boston, Mass., followed with 27 miles apiece. Julia Maurer, 25, of New Britain, Conn., topped the women’s 4-hour field with 26 miles.
Fresh off of a first-place finish at the Pine Creek Challenge 100-miler in September, Padraig Mullins traveled to Georgia for a glorified recovery run at The Stinger, a 24-hour race on a 400-meter track on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Locust Grove.
The fourth annual event relocated to Strong Rock Christian Academy after its regular venue wasn’t allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but 96 runners still showed up to the starting line to take part in the 24-hour, 12-hour and 6-hour races.
Mullins was the lone New England resident to take part in any of the races, and the 38-year-old resident of Norton, Mass., logged 76.5 miles in the 24-hour race, finishing 24th overall out of 58 runners. The top 16 runners completed 100 miles or more, led by 27-year-old Jacob Moss of Ladson, S.C., who completed 159.16 miles. His closest competitor ran 41 fewer miles.
Fifteen runners competed in the 12-hour race and 23 finished the 6-hour race.
*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.