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Five From New England Selected in Western States Lottery

It took seven years of trying, but Oliver Truog finally had his name drawn in the lottery for the Western States Endurance Run. Continue reading Five From New England Selected in Western States Lottery

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Fegyveresi is Lone New England Resident Selected in Hardrock Lottery

Twenty-four Massachusetts residents threw their names in the hat for the 2019 Hardrock 100 lottery, but the Bay State was shut out of the drawing on Saturday, Dec. 1. In fact, only one New England resident was among the 140 runners selected for the race. Continue reading Fegyveresi is Lone New England Resident Selected in Hardrock Lottery

Western States Lottery Includes More Than 100 New England Hopefuls

As the final hours tick down to the start of the lottery drawing for the Western States Endurance Run, not every applicant will endure the rush of nerves while anticipating having their name called for a berth in the 46th edition of ultrarunning’s original 100-mile race.

Kyle Robidoux of Roxbury, Mass., and Aliza Lapierre of Williston, Vt., can sit back, relax, and enjoy watching the spectacle unfold, comfortable in the knowledge that they’re already in. Continue reading Western States Lottery Includes More Than 100 New England Hopefuls

Inaugural WJKJ 50K Keeps Nougat Spirit Alive

For eight years the Nougat 100K was a mostly “underground” event on the Massachusetts ultrarunning scene. The annual fatass-style event put on by Jeff Lane and Greg Esbitt was a deliberately small gathering of friends at the Lynn Woods Reservation that focused more on fellowship than running. In fact, the advertised distance was rarely achieved – a point driven home on the Nougat website that darkly offered preliminary results as “100% DNF – congrats to all.”

A handful of runners were credited with a 50K or marathon finish through the years, though finishing wasn’t really the point. The Nougat was about spending a day in the woods with friends. That’s why when Lane and Esbitt handed over the reins to Salem residents William Jackson and Kristen Smith to organize the event – now rebranded as the WJKJ 50K – the focus remained on bringing friends together. Continue reading Inaugural WJKJ 50K Keeps Nougat Spirit Alive

Massachusetts Runner DQ’d from Multiple Ultras, Suspected of Cutting Courses

The temperature inched closer to 90 degrees as the noon hour approached at the East End Trail Races. It was Sunday, Aug. 5, and it was another scorcher.

Around 135 runners were taking part in the inaugural event at Borderland State Park in Easton, Mass., most of them in the 30K and 10K races. Seventeen runners toed the starting line of the 50K ultramarathon that muggy morning, armed with the knowledge that tough miles were ahead. They had to complete five trips around a “heavy” 10K loop that measured around 6.7 miles, making it a 33.5-mile race.

By 1 p.m., four of the ultramarathon runners had called it a day and 13 were still on the course. Charn McAllister was the frontrunner by a comfortable margin and appeared to have the overall victory in hand. The 35-year-old resident of Norfolk, Mass., was three minutes off the lead after the first loop, but he had moved to the front during his second trip around the course before steadily pulling away. McAllister faded a bit as the miles added up and the day got hotter, but not by much given the conditions. His closest competitor of all the runners – 30-year-old Billy Jenkins of Malden, Mass. – was more than 17 minutes back after four laps and losing ground. The third overall runner was almost six minutes behind Jenkins and trailed McAllister by more than 23 minutes.

Surprisingly, the third runner to finish four loops was the first to reach the finish line. Less than 58 minutes after starting her final loop, Maude Gorman crossed the finish line in 5:53:15. It appeared she had not only erased a hefty deficit, but also amassed a comfortable lead. McAllister finished eight minutes later in 6:01:18.

The timer called over the race directors from Northeast Race Management, LLC. Something didn’t seem right. Continue reading Massachusetts Runner DQ’d from Multiple Ultras, Suspected of Cutting Courses

Endurance Legend Pharr Davis to Speak May 10 in Natick

One of the modern giants of human endurance is returning to New England. Ultra-endurance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis will speak at the Natick Outdoor Store at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Natick, Mass., as part of a tour to promote her new book, “The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience.” Continue reading Endurance Legend Pharr Davis to Speak May 10 in Natick