Photos: Stone Cat 50K

The 21st and likely final running of the Stone Cat Trail Race was held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich, Mass. First held in 2001 as the creation of Gil’s Athletic Club – or G.A.C. – Stone Cat was originally a 50-mile and marathon event, Stone Cat combined races into a single 50K beginning in 2019. That distance and course remained the same again this year. More than 230 runners took part in this year’s event, and Brian Burke was on hand to take photos. All photos in this gallery were taken by Brian, and a full gallery of his images can be viewed at this link.

Rossana Paganelli of Georgetown, Mass., cruises through the Stone Cat 50K course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Santosh Karmacharya of Watertown, Mass. (left), and Brian Boyle of Boston, Mass. (right), were feeling good as they headed out for another loop of the Stone Cat 50K course. Karmacharya finished eighth overall and Boyle placed 20th. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Christopher Sears of Rockport, Mass., (180) and Greeta Soderholm of Underhill, Vt. (190) charge through one of their loops of the Stone Cat 50K course. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Kimberly Gordon of Rutland, Mass., was fired up for another loop of the Stone Cat 50K course. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Rick Walsh of West Newbury, Mass., soaks up the sun while racing the Stone Cat 50K at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Kevin Breen of Hudson, N.H. (23), and Stephen McCaffrey of Charlestown, Mass. (116), head out for another loop of the Stone Cat 50K course. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Melanie Mahoney of Marlborough, Mass., cruises through the Stone Cat 50K course on an unseasonably warm fall day. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Kristine Western of Topsfield, Mass., cruises through her local trails in nearby Ipswich during the Stone Cat 50K. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Members of the G.A.C. crew, Lori Wetzel (217) and Leanne Sorrento (192), share some miles at G.A.C.’s Stone Cat 50K at Willowdale State Forest. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Nicholas Lemon of Wellesley, Mass., on his way to victory at the 2022 Stone Cat 50K. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Alicia Gibson of Manchester, N.H., was feeling good as she cruised through the course at the Stone Cat 50K. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Will Swenson of Andover, Mass., races to a third-place overall finish at the 2022 Stone Cat 50K. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Jack Scott of Boxford, Mass., charges through the Stone Cat 50K course on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Scott placed fifth overall. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Roy Van Cleef of Harvard, Mass., raced to a 13th-place overall finish at the 2022 Stone Cat 50K. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Lila Gaudrault of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, was feeling good as she raced to a second-place overall finish and smashed the women’s course record by 12 minutes at the 2022 Stone Cat 50K. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Michael Pulli of Medford, Mass. (left) and Joe Miller of Grafton, Mass. (right), share a mid-race greeting during the Stone Cat 50K. Pulli finished ninth overall and Miller placed 11th overall at the 2022 race. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Three years after racing to an eighth-place finish at the Stone Cat 50K, George Aponte Clark of Portland, Maine, returned and finished fourth overall. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Natalie Phelan (left) of Peabody, Mass., and Ashley Diehl (right) of Salem, Mass., close out a loop of the Stone Cat 50K together. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.
Nicholas Lemon of Wellesley, Mass., was exhausted after finishing the Stone Cat 50K. Lemon was the overall champion and missed the men’s course record by less than two minutes. Photo courtesy of Brian Burke.

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