MassUltra Roundup: Javelina Jundred

A frightful 2020 ultrarunning year is nearing its conclusion, and one of the final major races that took place in-person – the annual Halloween party in Arizona known as the Javelina Jundred – took place with pandemic precautions in place from Oct. 29-31. A few runners from New England journeyed to the desert to race, and ultimately earned a trip across the finish line. We have them highlighted in this week’s roundup.

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MassUltra Roundup: 24-Hour Survival of the F.I.T.test and the Pachaug 50K

The pandemic-abbreviated in-person ultrarunning season is winding down in New England, but two ultras took place during the Oct. 24-25 weekend. Two Massachusetts residents – Lori Mitchener and Adam Ribeiro – brought home wins at the 24-Hour Trail Ultra Survival of the F.I.T.test in Rhode Island, while several runners from the region tackled tough Connecticut trails at the Pachaug 50K.

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MassUltra Roundup: Rogue Gorge 50K and MuleSkinner

Fresh off of a busy weekend of ultramarathon racing in the Bay State that saw runners cross the state from north to south at the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail, the Oct. 17-18 weekend was relatively quiet for ultrarunners in Massachusetts. Two runners headed out-of-state to race, one across the country in Oregon and another in nearby Pennsylvania, and we have them covered in this week’s roundup.

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Masks, Miles, and Major Performances at the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail

NEW IPSWICH, N.H. – Bob Keating crouched into a starting position as the final seconds counted down. Then, with the ring of the starting bell, the 73-year-old from Nashua, N.H., fired off the line with a strong knee-drive as though he were running a 100-meter dash.

But this was no sprint; far from it. This was the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail 100-mile race, and there was a long way to go. After a few steps, Keating paused, had a quick laugh, turned and waved to the other runners.

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Photos: Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail

The second annual Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail ultramarathons took place Oct. 10-11, traversing Massachusetts from north to south, starting at Windblown Cross Country Ski Area in New Ipswich, N.H., crossing Massachusetts into Connecticut and Rhode Island, and then back into Massachusetts to the finish line at Douglas State Forest.

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With Pandemic Precautions in Place, Midstate Massive Set for Saturday Racing

In a bizarre year for ultrarunning where the COVID-19 pandemic has rocked the sport globally and led to the cancellation of 22 ultra events in Massachusetts alone, the Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail has beaten the odds and will play host to its second annual 100-mile, 50-mile and 30-mile trail races this weekend.

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MassUltra Roundup: Bubba’s Backyard Ultra

After several weeks with trail ultramarathons in the New England region, the opening weekend of October was relatively quiet as many runners tapered for the upcoming Midstate Massive Ultra-Trail 100-mile, 50-mile and 30-mile races. Still, a few dozen runners gathered in New Hampshire for the second running of Bubba’s Backyard Ultra, and that event gets this week’s roundup all to itself.

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Massasoit Trail Race 50K is 22nd MA Ultra Canceled Due to COVID-19

After a one-year hiatus due to construction at Massasoit State Park, the Massasoit Trail Race 50K was slated to return in 2020 with a race date of Sunday, Oct. 25. The COVID-19 global pandemic threatened to keep that from happening, but race organizers from Northeast Race Management LLC held out hope for several months that the event would ultimately take place. They paused the processing of registration fees, allowing runners to continue signing up for the race while avoiding the hassle of a tedious refund process should that ultimately become necessary.

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