The G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K has seen its share of cold, challenging weather conditions during the past 19 years, including a mid-race snowstorm in 2017 that sent some runners home early and forced others to scrape a few inches of fresh powder off of their windshields after finishing.
The forecast for the 20th annual Fat Ass 50K on Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Mass., looks like a recipe for frostbite, however, with The Weather Channel projecting a high of 4 degrees, a low of minus 9, and 17-mile-per-hour wind. Given the potentially dangerous conditions, the ultramarathon has been called off to ensure the safety of both runners and volunteers. Continue reading Frigid Temperatures Force Cancellation of G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K
More than an inch of rainfall soaked the trails of Bradley Palmer State Park on Sunday, May 14, but that didn’t prevent the annual G.A.C. Mother’s Day 6-Hour Run from taking place for the 23rd year in a row.
The rain may have kept some runners home – 43 completed at least one loop of the course this year compared to more than 100 in 2016 – and fewer logged major mileage compared to years past. Still, a few of the event’s familiar faces weren’t deterred by the elements, and they ascended to the top of the leaderboard with the most miles. Continue reading A Salem Sweep at Mother’s Day 6-Hour
The 23rd annual G.A.C. Mother’s Day 6-Hour Race took place Sunday, May 14, at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Mass. Runners had six hours to run as many loops as they wanted on a three-mile loop. Continue reading Results: G.A.C. Mother’s Day 6-Hour Run
The 2017 ultrarunning season in Massachusetts opened under a winter storm alert on Saturday, Jan. 7, in Topsfield, Mass., as runners raced to complete 50 kilometers before a heavy dose of fluffy falling snow blanketed the area. Continue reading A Snowy Start to the 2017 Ultra Season at the G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K
Joe McConaughy averaged more than 50 miles per day for more than 53 consecutive days en route to logging the fastest known time on the 2,660-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2014, so it came as little surprise when he had another FKT in his sights Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Stone Cat 50 in Ipswich, Mass. Continue reading PCT Record-Holder McConaughy Sizzles at Stone Cat 50
Patrick Caron chalked up another strong ultramarathon performance on Sunday, May 8, at the G.A.C. Mother’s Day 6-Hour Run in Topsfield, Mass. Continue reading Caron Logs 47 Miles in Winning Effort at Mother’s Day 6-Hour