The competition simply to enter the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run grows steeper by the year with more than 4,900 runners vying for 261 spots in the field via the lottery process for 2018. Even with a 15-percent increase in lottery applicants from a year ago, two Massachusetts residents had their names drawn in the lottery for the second year in a row.
Forty-eight Massachusetts runners entered the lottery, but Winchester residents David Souza and Kim Vanyo were the only ones to have their names selected for the 45th running of the Western States 100, which will take place June 23-24. Runners will have 30 hours to complete the 100.2-mile journey from Squaw Valley to Auburn, Calif., in the latest edition of ultrarunning’s original 100-miler. Continue reading Winchester’s Souza, Vanyo Selected for Western States
Dima Feinhaus was a few minutes removed from finishing his annual run of the Fells Winter Ultra 40-miler at the Middlesex Fells Reservation on Saturday, Dec. 2, and was chatting with friends when he received a tap on his shoulder.
Feinhaus turned to see another friend, Ryan Triffitt, with a grin on his face while holding out his cell phone.
“You just got into Hardrock,” Triffitt said, reading from the Twitter feed of the Hardrock lottery as a stunned look appeared on Feinhaus’ face. Continue reading Feinhaus Earns Return Trip to Hardrock 100
CHAMONIX, France – More than 8,100 runners from around the world flooded into Chamonix on Aug. 28-Sept. 3 for the five ultramarathon races that make up the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc endurance festival that bills itself as the World Summit of Trail-Running.
Included among the thousands of runners were seven from Massachusetts who took part in three of the races. Continue reading Seven from Massachusetts Run the Alps at UTMB Races
Retirement and a cross-country move may have altered Jeff List’s routine in 2017, but one thing stayed consistent for the 58-year-old: Kissing the rock at the Hardrock 100.
List, a longtime resident of East Falmouth, Mass., finished Hardrock for the seventh time in seven tries when he “kissed the rock” that represents the finish line of the 100.5-mile footrace in the late hours of Saturday, July 15, in Silverton, Colo. Continue reading Another Year, Another Hardrock Finish for List
From Brian Rusiecki and Will Swenson throwing down top-10 finishes at UROC in Virginia, to Aaron Keene earning a Western States qualifier at Quicksilver in California, to the inaugural 100-miler in Maine, April 13-14 was a busy weekend for Massachusetts ultrarunners taking on out-of-state trails. In addition, we also tracked down results from a few races from the prior weekend, including the Big A 50K in Maine where Patrick Caron added another course record to his resume. In all, eight races are captured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: UROC, Riverlands, Dirty German, Quicksilver, Big A, Rock the Ridge, Bear Mountain, and Peak
The Wapack and Back 50-mile and 43-mile trail ultramarathons and 21.5-mile trail race took place Saturday, May 13, in Ashburnham, Mass. Continue reading Results: Wapack and Back
More than 20 ultras took place around the United States last weekend, and Massachusetts was represented in at least three of them. The most notable was in nearby New York where Bay State residents were among the fastest at the USATF 50K National Championship at Caumsett State Historic Park. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Caumsett Park 50K Championship, Naked Bavarian, and the MS 50