Category Archives: TARC

Teamwork Propels Caron, Sinclair to Record-Setting Efforts at Fells Winter Ultra

STONEHAM, Mass. – David Sinclair was hot on the heels of Patrick Caron for nearly every step of 32 miles at the Fells Winter Ultra on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

For the better part of four eight-mile loops of the rugged Skyline Trail at the more than 2,500-acre public wildland seven miles north of Boston, Sinclair followed a few strides behind Caron. It was smart strategy. The 26-year-old resident of Peru, Vt., was running at the Fells for the first time. Meanwhile, Caron, a 21-year-old from Needham, Mass., knows the loop as well as anyone, having won the event’s 40-mile race in 2015 and 2016. Continue reading Teamwork Propels Caron, Sinclair to Record-Setting Efforts at Fells Winter Ultra

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Marin, Weathers Rewrite Record Books with Fells Winter Ultra Wins

STONEHAM, Mass. – Kassandra Marin spends most of her time crushing races at shorter distances. This year alone her credits include a victory at the Merrimack River 10-Mile Trail Race, a fifth-place finish among world-class competition at the prestigious Mount Washington Road Race, and the top spot on the podium for the USATF New England Mountain Running Series.

Her talent translates to longer distances, too, including ultramarathons. That much was clear when Marin won her ultra debut at the North Face Endurance Challenge 50-miler at Wachusett Mountain in 2017. She showed her prowess again when she finished fourth at the USATF New England Mountain Ultra Championships in August at the Ragged 50K.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Marin raced her second Massachusetts ultramarathon at the Trail Animals Running Club’s Fells Winter Ultra. She was one of eight women and 31 total runners who toed the starting line for the 40-mile race consisting of five eight-mile loops of the Skyline Trail, the second-most technically difficult trail at the more than 2,500-acre public wildland seven miles north of Boston. Continue reading Marin, Weathers Rewrite Record Books with Fells Winter Ultra Wins

Photos: Fells Winter Ultra 2018

The Trail Animals Running Club played host to the annual Fells Winter Ultra 40-mile and 32-mile ultramarathons on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, at the Middlesex Fells Reservation in Stoneham, Mass. In addition to the photos on this page, dozens more can be viewed in a photo gallery on the MassUltra Facebook page. Continue reading Photos: Fells Winter Ultra 2018

Runners Feast on Miles at Third Annual TARCkey Trot

Make no mistake, runners didn’t go on a pre-Thanksgiving mileage diet at the Trail Animals Running Club’s third annual TARCkey Trot 6-Hour Ultra on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Sure, the top mileage total looked a bit lighter than the previous two years, but that had nothing to do with cutting back; there’s a reasonable explanation. The first two years of the race were dominated by Patrick Caron, one of American ultrarunning’s top young prospects. After posting 37.2 miles in 2016 and 40.3 in 2017, the 21-year-old from Needham, Mass., missed this year’s TARCkey Trot to compete at the North Face Endurance Challenge championship race in San Francisco (ultimately canceled due to poor air quality from wildfires), leaving the door open for a new TARCkey Trot champion to emerge. Continue reading Runners Feast on Miles at Third Annual TARCkey Trot

Results: TARCkey Trot 6-Hour Ultra

The Trail Animals Running Club played host to the third annual TARCkey Trot 6-Hour Ultra on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Wright Locke Farm and Whipple Hill in Lexington, Mass. Runners had six hours to complete as many 3.1-mile loops as possible on rocky, technical trails. Additionally, a one-loop 5K race was also offered. Continue reading Results: TARCkey Trot 6-Hour Ultra

Frozen Yeti to Bring TARC 100 Out of Hibernation as 30-Hour Ultra

It was with heavy hearts that the Trail Animals Running Club announced in August 2016 that it would be discontinuing the organization’s namesake event, the TARC 100, following a four-year run.

The event underwent a variety of changes, including venue relocation and a move from June to October, but it struggled to gain traction at a time where runners were presented with new 100-mile races all over the country – in particular during the race-heavy summer and fall months. On top of that, the Trail Animals had taken over the Ghost Train Trail Races – an annual 30-hour event in October – meaning the club had to organize major volunteer efforts just a few weeks apart. It was a daunting task, and after four years of hard work, creative problem-solving, and occasional frustration, the club decided to take a step back. The TARC 100 was mothballed after the 2016 race with organizers noting that “we realized that having two 100 milers for the club is too much right now.”

The term “mothballed” was carefully chosen because it indicated that the race wasn’t necessarily gone for good, rather it was being set aside for a time. Josh Katzman, one of the TARC 100 organizers, noted at the time that the race might return in a different form in the future. He was hopeful that it would, but he made no promises.

It turned out Katzman wasn’t the only hopeful person. Longtime TARC volunteers and runners Surjeet Paintal and Carolyn Shreck were hopeful, too, and it was their hope and optimism that ultimately led to the race being reincarnated for 2019 in the form of the TARCtic Frozen Yeti Trail Races. The event will use a 30-hour timed format and take place starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass. Continue reading Frozen Yeti to Bring TARC 100 Out of Hibernation as 30-Hour Ultra