The Village Ultra was founded in 2017 with a pair of goals: create endurance running and walking opportunities in New Salem, Mass., and raise money for important causes.
The causes have ranged from local to national and have varied by year, and that will be the case once again for the sixth edition of the Village Ultra which will take place Sept. 3-4 on the New Salem Town Common in New Salem, Mass.
In response to the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade and ensuing national efforts to restrict or ban abortion access at the state level, proceeds from this year’s event will go to The Abortion Rights Fund of Western Mass.
The Village Ultra will once again offer 24- and 12-hour time-based options. Runners can also drop-in to run on race day for $10 per hour. The 24-hour event begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, and the 12-hour starts at 7 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. The registration fee is $90 for either option and can be done via RunReg. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2.
In keeping with the format from previous years, runners will once again have four small loops to choose from as they mix and match loops to make their own course. The White loop is a 0.25-mile loop around the Town Common; the Blue loop is a 0.6-mile mix of dirt, trail and grass with some hills; the Silver route is a 2.2-mile round-trip, out-and-back on a dirt road; and the Gold loop is a 2.4-mile round-trip, out-and-back on a road that’s part dirt and part pavement.