All posts by Chris Wristen

Western States 2019: Resources for Following the Race

Months of waiting and training are over. For seven New England residents and 362 of their fellow dreamers, the 46th annual Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run is under way. Continue reading Western States 2019: Resources for Following the Race

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Burke Continues Big Year with Victory at Vegan Power 50K

With two victories to his credit at trail ultramarathons in eastern Massachusetts already this year, Brian Burke set his sights on the trails of western Massachusetts on Saturday, June 22, when he took part in the Vegan Power 50K in Pittsfield, Mass.

By the time he was done, Burke had earned his first win in the west after a day of tough racing and fast running on the singletrack dirt and rocky, root-covered trails of Pittsfield State Forest. Continue reading Burke Continues Big Year with Victory at Vegan Power 50K

MassUltra Roundup: Manitou’s Revenge, Catamount, Broken Arrow, Many on the Genny, and Old Cascadia

While more than 130 runners were taking on the trails of Pittsfield State Forest in western Massachusetts for the 50K and 25K races at the BURCS’ Vegan Power Trail Races, several more runners headed out-of-state to race. Some headed to neighboring New York, where Westborough’s Ben Nephew brought home a win and Woburn’s Samantha LeBlanc earned a second-place finish; others went north to Vermont for the popular Catamount 50K. Others, like Pittsfield’s Kehr Davis, took on the grueling Broken Arrow Sky Race in California, while a few more raced the Many on the Genny 50K in New York and the 50-mile race at Oregon’s Old Cascadia. Those five races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Manitou’s Revenge, Catamount, Broken Arrow, Many on the Genny, and Old Cascadia

MassUltra Roundup: Drummer Hill, Run Ragged, and Bighorn

Will Swenson of Andover, Mass., made a successful debut at the Drummer Hill 50K in New Hampshire, taking top honors in the men’s field, while Mont Vernon, N.H., resident Yuki Chorney improved on her runner-up effort a year ago by bringing home the women’s win on Saturday. Additionally, plenty of runners from the region took part in Connecticut’s first last-person-standing race, and a handful of others traveled to Wyoming to take part in the Big Horn Trail Race ultras. We’ve got all three races covered in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Drummer Hill, Run Ragged, and Bighorn

MassUltra Roundup: Infinitus and Black Mountain Monster

While most New England ultrarunners racing on June 8-9 did so at Wachusett Mountain at The North Face Endurance Challenge-Massachusetts, a few were recovering from the previous week’s assortment of ultra distances at Infinitus in Vermont and a few more traveled to North Carolina for the Black Mountain Monster. With heavy in-state racing last weekend, it’s a light week for this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Infinitus and Black Mountain Monster

Howard’s Huge Day Ends in Victory at Wachusett Mountain

With just one ultramarathon finish on his resume prior to the 50-mile race on Saturday, June 8, at The North Face Endurance Challenge in Princeton, Mass., Noah Howard’s victory likely turned a few heads.

A man who raced alongside Howard during last year’s TNFEC 50-miler at Wachusett Mountain surely saw it coming, however. Continue reading Howard’s Huge Day Ends in Victory at Wachusett Mountain