FALL RIVER, Mass. – As Zdeno Chara prepared to sign a one-day contract with the Boston Bruins in September 2022 and officially retire from the National Hockey League following a 24-year career, the future hall-of-famer skimmed the agreement and immediately began to laugh.
After signing the document which allowed him to retire as a Bruin, Chara turned to the crowd assembled.
Continue reading From Ice to Ultras, Chara Finds Success Through Tenacity, Teamwork →
FALL RIVER, Mass. – When Becca Pizzi completed the World Marathon Challenge in 2016, becoming the first American woman to do so, it was no surprise that the ultramarathon world quickly came knocking.
Pizzi fielded calls and emails from race directors inviting her to their events, but the native of Belmont, Mass., wasn’t yet ready to venture beyond the 26.2-mile distance. Ultras would have to wait.
Continue reading Pizzi Delivers Dynamite Performance in Ultra Debut at Watuppa →
The Trail Animals Running Club played host to the 15th running of the Wapack and Back Trail Races on Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Ashburnham, Mass. Runners took on either a 43-mile out-and-back of the Wapack Trail, a 50-mile race that included the 43-mile out-and-back and an additional seven miles, or a 21.5-mile one-way journey through the course. Since its founding in 2007 by Bogie Dumitrescu, the event has been held annually with the exception of 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Continue reading Results: TARC Wapack and Back →
A few weeks ago, Kara Olivito raced to victory in the 50K at the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic. Her face lit up as she talked about the day, and continued to as she discussed her upcoming plans to return to California and run the PCT 50-miler. Her optimism was matched by her performance as Olivito raced to victory on Saturday, May 13. Her performance highlighted a busy weekend for New England ultrarunners both throughout the region and across the country. We’ll have separate articles on last weekend’s two Massachusetts ultras – Wapack and Back and Watuppa – and we’re still waiting on results to come in for the other New England ultras, but Olivito’s big performance kicks off this edition of the roundup.
Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: PCT 50, Hellbender 100, Thelma and Louise, Mayapple, and Ram Party →
The ninth running of the Watuppa Trail Races and fourth edition of the Watuppa 50K took place on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Watuppa Reservation in Fall River, Mass. Runners took on 50K, 30K or 10K distances on a 10K loop course consisting of a mix of doubletrack trails, singletrack dirt, some pavement and gravel road.
Continue reading Results: Watuppa Trail Races →
The ninth edition of the Watuppa Trail Races and fourth running of the Watuppa 50K took place on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at Watuppa Reservation in Fall River, Mass. The following are a small sample of photos from the day. A full photo gallery by MassUltra Editor Chris Wristen with more than 125 photos can be found here on Facebook.
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A red-hot start to May saw so many New England ultrarunners take part in races beyond the Bay State borders that it merited two roundups for the May 5-7 weekend. In Part I, we caught up with ultras from the region. Here in Part II, we turn to events throughout the rest of the country. There was no tougher race in early May than the Cocodona 250 in Arizona, and that made it an ideal choice for Vermont’s Aliza Lapierre to make her debut at the 200-plus-mile distances. Additionally, we we catch up with the Quad Rock 50 in Colorado, the Tillamook Burn Ultras in Oregon, the Strolling Jim 40-mile road race in Tennessee, and then close out with late April’s C&O Canal 100-miler in Maryland where four New Englanders secured hard-earned finishes.
Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Cocodona 250, Quad Rock, Tillamook Burn, Strolling Jim, and C&O Canal →
A jam-packed opening weekend of May means another two-roundup week to highlight all of the action for the New England ultrarunning community. In Part 1 of our roundup of May 5-7 weekend ultras we focus on the events that took place right here in New England – the Riverlands 100 in Maine, the White Lake Ultras in New Hampshire, and the Blue2Blue Challenge in Connecticut.
Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Riverlands, White Lake Ultras, and Blue2Blue Challenge →
A busy April came to a close with a typically busy final weekend courtesy of the historic Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug Ultras in Connecticut which saw several runners from the region tackle 100K, 50-mile and 50K distances, and two women in the 100K turned in some of the finest performances in the event’s 48-year history. Plus, Vermont’s Arlee Hiskey picked up her first ultra victory at the Falling Water 100K in West Virginia, and two New England women secured spots on the podium at the Ultra Race of Champions in Virginia. We also have local results from the O24 24-hour race in Ohio and the Troublesome Hollow 50K in Virginia. Additionally, a handful of New England residents took on the C&O Canal 100-miler in Maryland, though official results aren’t yet available so we’ll catch up on that race next week.
Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Lake Waramaug, Falling Water, UROC, O24, and Troublesome Hollow →
WESTON, Mass. – Shortly after crossing the finish line at the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic, Johnathan Charles settled into a camp chair to give his legs a break. Sweat glistened on his brow and his lungs still burned from the effort, though his breathing had settled into a comfortable rhythm. Tired and content, he sported a grin from ear to ear.
Charles had good reason to be smiling – he’d just completed his first trail race and longest run ever.
Continue reading Special Moments Aplenty at TARC Spring Classic →