Category Archives: TARC

Spring Classic Breaks with Tradition in Post-Pandemic Return

WESTON, Mass. – The last time the Trail Animals Running Club played host to the TARC Spring Classic, runners dodged or splashed through puddles and a volunteer dumped buckets of wood chips near the timing mats to try to keep them from becoming submerged.

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Results: TARC Spring Classic

Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trail Animals Running Club once again played host to the TARC Spring Classic 50K, marathon, half marathon and 10K trail races on Saturday, April 23, in the Jericho Woods of Weston, Mass. It was the 10th running of the event, and more than 200 runners took part in the various distances offered.

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Warm Weather, Dry Trails Greet Runners at 26th Edition of “Don’t Run Boston”

MILTON, Mass. – A grin stretched across Howie Breinan’s face as he stood alongside 16 other runners a few dozen yards from Houghton’s Pond. It was 6 a.m., on Saturday, April 16, and a thin coating of clouds dusted the sky at this twilight hour.

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Photos: 2022 TARC Spring Classic

The 10th running of the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic took place on Saturday, April 23, 2022, in the Jericho Woods of Weston, Mass. This year’s event marked the return of the Spring Classic following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 runners took part in distances of 50K, marathon, half marathon and 10K. The following are a sample of photos taken at this year’s race. A full photo gallery by MassUltra Editor Chris Wristen can be found on Facebook at this link.

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Results: Trail Animals “Don’t Run Boston” 50K and 50-Mile

The 26th edition of the Trail Animals Running Club’s original event, the Trail Animals “Don’t Run Boston” 50K, took place on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Mass. In addition, the 13th edition of the DRB 50-miler took place. The day began with cloudy skies and 51-degree temperature for the 6 a.m. wave start, clouds and 58-degree temperature for the 8 a.m. start, and a high in the low 70s as the sun came out and heated up the afternoon.

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After 2-Year Hiatus, Runners Savor Every Last Minute of To Hale and Back

WESTWOOD, Mass. – On paper, Robert Lynch’s decision to go back out for one more loop seemed like wishful thinking.

Lynch already had seven loops and 24.5 miles on his legs. His previous three trips through the 3.5-mile course had taken the 46-year-old from Sharon, Mass., 47, 48 and 54 minutes, respectively. If he wanted to complete one more and have it count, he had to do it in less than 46 minutes.

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Photos: TARC To Hale and Back

The Trail Animals Running Club welcomed runners back to Hale Reservation for the return of the To Hale and Back 6-Hour Ultra on Saturday, March 26, 2022, following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Runners were treated to near-perfect running conditions with mostly dry terrain, mostly sunny skies, and comfortable temperatures. The following are a sample of photos from the day taken by MassUltra editor Chris Wristen. To view a full photo gallery, visit the MassUltra Facebook page at this link.

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Results: TARC To Hale and Back

The Trail Animals Running Club’s annual spring kickoff – the To Hale and Back 6-Hour Ultra and 5K  – returned from a two-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass. Runners were treated to near-perfect running conditions with a 42-degree start under partly cloudy skies, ultimately warming to 53 degrees and sunny by noon before some afternoon clouds rolled in and a breeze began to cool the course during the final hours as runners tackled their final trips around the 3.5-mile loop course.

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