January 2021 continues to be unusually quiet as the national ultramarathon calendar is blanketed with cancellations due the pandemic, but a few New England residents made some noise with strong showings at two of the races that happened during the Jan. 16-17 weekend. New Hampshire’s Keith Lundquist was victorious in his 100-mile debut and Massachusetts’ Honora Einhorn earned a spot on the women’s podium during her ultra debut. Both of their efforts are included in this week’s roundup.
Long Haul 100
Keith Lundquist has had his share of speedy ultramarathon performances during the past few years, most notably with back-to-back victories in the 50K race at the Vermont 50 in 2017 and 2018. Lundquist embarked on new territory when he took on his first 100-mile race at the 11th annual Long Haul 100 on Jan. 16-17 in Land O’ Lakes, Fla.. He set a new personal record for distance, but he also ended with a familiar outcome.
Lundquist, 34, of Hopkinton, N.H., took on the 10-mile, 10-loop course and its mixture of singletrack trails, doubletrack trails and sand, and covered the distance faster than any other runner in the field and won the race in 14:23:30. His closest competitor, 44-year-old Harvey Lewis of Cincinnati, Ohio – the defending champion – followed in 14:49:07. Lundquist and Lewis recorded the second- and third-fastest times in course history with their performances.
Lundquist wasn’t the only New England resident to bring home a belt buckle for finishing the race. Michael Condella, 40, of Revere, Mass., finished 40th overall in 25:46:43. It was Condella’s first time running the Long Haul 100, but it marked his 18th time completing a 100-mile race.
Another finisher with New England ties – Bogie Dumitrescu, 46, of Boulder, Colo., finished 41st in 25:47:41. Dumitrescu is a former resident of Chelmsford, Mass., who previously directed several trail races in Massachusetts.
Ninety-six runners finished the race within the 32-hour time limit, and 35 finished in less than 24 hours.
Ultramarathons in New England have been largely shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Honora Einhorn still found a way to kick off the new year by running her first ultra.
Einhorn, 31, of Cambridge, Mass., traveled west to take part in the eighth annual Coldwater Rumble Ultras on Jan. 16-17 in Goodyear, Ariz.
Einhorn tested her endurance in the 52-mile race, and she delivered a strong performance. She navigated the three-loop course on the desert trails on the foothills of the Sierra Estrella mountains and ultimately finished 10th overall out of 52 finishers. Einhorn also took home some hardware for finishing on the podium as the third-place female in 9:55:48. A year ago Einhorn broke onto the trailrunning scene with an impressive performance in the 25K race at the Everglades Ultras, winning the women’s race and finishing sixth overall in 2:18:23.
Maia Detmer, 38, of Las Vegas, Nev., topped the women’s field at the Coldwater Rumble 52-miler and finished fourth overall in 9:19:38. Women’s runner-up Alyson Kirk, 38, of Morrison, Colo., finished just ahead of Einhorn in ninth overall in 9:53:13. Erich Owen, 47, of Ophir, Colo., topped the overall field in 8:49:05.
The event also included 100-mile and 52K ultramarathon races, though no New England residents were among the finishers of those distances.
*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.