Gil’s Athletic Club played host to the 23rd running of the G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023, at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Mass. Around 200 runners took part in the event, including 37 who completed five loops of the course for 50K finishes.Continue reading Results: 2023 G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K
Photos: 2023 G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K
The 2023 Massachusetts ultrarunning season officially opened on Saturday, Jan. 7, when Gil’s Athletic Club played host to the 23rd running of the G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K at Bradley Palmer State Park in Topsfield, Mass. Around 200 runners took part in the free, laid-back event, completing anywhere between one and five loops of the approximately 6.2-mile loop course. The following are a sample of the photos taken by MassUltra Editor Chris Wristen, who also ran two loops of the course. A larger gallery can be viewed on the MassUltra Facebook page here. Additionally, a much larger photo gallery courtesy of Patrick Caron can be viewed here.Continue reading Photos: 2023 G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K
MassUltra Roundup: Across the Years and Run Undead
The 2022 ultrarunning season is officially over and 2023 is under way. A handful of New Englanders seized one last opportunity to log a 2022 ultra or opened the new season in its earliest hours by taking on events between Dec. 28, 2022, and Jan. 3, 2023. For Sudbury’s Seng-Lai Tan, that meant a trip to Alabama for 100K ultra in the final hours of the year. For several others, that meant a trip west to Arizona for the multi-day Across the Years Endurance Festival. We have both of those events covered as we close out 2022 and welcome in 2023 in this edition of the roundup.
Across the Years
Seven New England residents closed out 2022 and welcomed in 2023 with successful races in a variety of the distance and time-based offerings at the Across the Years Endurance Festival from Dec. 28, 2022 – Jan. 3, 2023, at Camelback Ranch in Phoenix, Ariz.
The pioneering fixed-time, multi-day ultramarathon running event has been held annually since 1983, with the exception of two years ago when it was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 38th edition offered 6-day, 72-hour, 48-hour, 24-hour, 12-hour, 6-hour, 100-mile, marathon and last person standing races, all of them on a 1.686219-kilometer dirt path.
New Englanders competed in the 6-day, 100-mile, last person standing, 24-hour and 12-hour races, and a few of them were among the top performers.
Eojin Kim of Somerville, Mass., had the biggest performance of the New England contingent. The 24-year-old was among 67 participants in the 6-day race, and he finished fifth overall with 348.902 miles. Two runners surpassed the 400-mile mark with 40-year-old Budjargal Byambaa of Bellevue, Wash., topping the men’s field with 463.108 miles and 50-year-old Annabel Hepworth of Sydney, Australia, leading the women with 403.386 miles. For Kim, it was the final big performance in a year where he also completed the Silverheels 100 in Colorado, the Rio Del Lago 100-miler in California and the Bigfoot 200-miler. Kim is entered in the Triple Crown of 200s for 2023.
Joining Kim in the 6-day race was 66-year-old Scott Perrapato of South Burlington, Vt., who finished 29th overall with 201.169 miles.
Two other big performances from New Englanders came in the last person standing and 12-hour races where the women’s champions hailed from the region. Liz Derstine, 37, of Melrose, Mass., finished fourth overall out of 20 runners in the last person standing race and led the women’s field with 108.96 miles. It was her first time racing the last person standing format and first time achieving the 100-mile mark. Five runners surpassed 100 miles, led by 51-year-old Paul Nielsen of Wellington, Colo., with 140.39 miles.
In the 12-hour race, 24-year-old Krista Fasciano of Berlin, Conn., was the women’s winner and third overall finisher out of 23 runners with 55.531 miles. Mark Hammond, 37, of Cottonwood Heights, Utah, led all runners with 74.290 miles.
In the 100-mile race, 52-year-old Gregory Legier of Biddeford, Maine, finished 15th out of 33 runners in 30:57:19. Additionally, two New England residents were among the 154 participants in the 24-hour race with 44-year-old Mike Kendra of Cranston, R.I., finishing 57.626 miles and 71-year-old Gordon Smith of East Winthrop, Maine, completing 32.48 miles.
Run Undead Ultra Trail Party
Seng-Lai Tan closed out 2022 in style with one final ultramarathon in the closing hours of the year. Tan, 51, of Sudbury, Mass., took part in the inaugural Run Undead Ultra Trail Party on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Pelham, Ala. The event – which billed itself as an “All Night Rave in Guise of a Trail Race!” – offered 100-mile, 100K, 50-mile and 50K ultra distances on a flat 5-mile loop course through Oak Mountain State Park.
Tan was the lone New England resident in the field. He was one of three 100K finishers, completing the distance in 17:49:00. Yuri Force, 39, Newnan, Ga., led the way in 13:29:50, followed by 25-year-old Emily White of Grovetown, Ga., in 14:39:20.
Another 16 runners completed 100 miles, 16 finished 50 miles, and an additional 17 completed the 50K.
*Editor’s Note: Results are found on a variety of sites, including ultrasignup.com, UltraRunning Magazine, and official race websites. We do the best we can to find as many results as possible to report on and recognize the local ultrarunning community.
From the Editor’s Desk: Celebrating the Silliness
For around 90 minutes, I perched halfway up the hill below Wright’s Tower and clicked away with my Nikon D90 camera as runners came toward me in both directions. Some danced down the hill, navigating its tangled web of tree roots while others dug deep and made the steep, rocky march upward.Continue reading From the Editor’s Desk: Celebrating the Silliness
Newcomers Nab Victories as Seth’s Fat Ass 50K Returns to In-Person Racing
After two years as a virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seth’s Fat Ass 50K returned for its 10th in-person running and 12th edition on a cold Saturday morning in Springfield, Mass.Continue reading Newcomers Nab Victories as Seth’s Fat Ass 50K Returns to In-Person Racing
Dog Bite Doesn’t Derail Ribeiro’s Title Defense at Fells 40-Miler
STONEHAM, Mass. – A year ago, Adam Ribeiro fended off a fierce challenge during the final miles before winning the Trail Animals Running Club’s Fells Winter Ultra 40-mile race by less than two minutes.
Ribeiro returned to defend his title on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Middlesex Fells Reservation. Though the 31-year-old from Marlborough, Mass., once again faced a staunch challenge throughout the day, his biggest threat came from a four-legged trail-user who nearly upended Ribeiro’s race during the late miles.Continue reading Dog Bite Doesn’t Derail Ribeiro’s Title Defense at Fells 40-Miler
Farnsworth Strikes it Big Twice at Fells 40 with Victory, WSER Lottery Selection
STONEHAM, Mass. – A year ago, Sophia Farnsworth closed out her ultra season with a victory at the TARCkey Trot 6-Hour Ultra in mid-November. That set the tone for 2022 and what would be the biggest season of her life.
Farnsworth opened the year by taking on her first 100-miler – the grueling Hellbender 100 in North Carolina – and earned a top-10 finish. She followed that up in August with a top-five performance at the Twisted Branch 100K in New York. The Fells Winter Ultra marked the final race of her season on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Middlesex Fells Reservation and Farnsworth once again hoped to end with a win.Continue reading Farnsworth Strikes it Big Twice at Fells 40 with Victory, WSER Lottery Selection
MassUltra Roundup: Hellgate, Freight Train, Hitchcock, and Blaze Pioneer
As the 2022 ultramarathon racing season nears its conclusion a handful of runners from New England squeezed in one last race during the Dec. 10-11 weekend. Their winter effort paid off in a big way for a few of them with finishes on or near the podium. That included New Hampshire’s Leah Nicholson who earned a runner-up finish at the Hellgate 100K in Virginia, as well as Boston’s Bridget Gormley who came within seconds of the podium at the Freight Train 50K in Virginia, and Maine’s Tyler Lupien who landed in the top five at his first 100-miler in Iowa. Those efforts and more are included in this edition of the roundup.Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Hellgate, Freight Train, Hitchcock, and Blaze Pioneer
Richer, Wise Outrun the Rain to Win Fells Winter Ultra 32-Miler
STONEHAM, Mass. – In the days leading up to the Trail Animals Running Club’s Fells Winter Ultra, all eyes were on the forecast.Continue reading Richer, Wise Outrun the Rain to Win Fells Winter Ultra 32-Miler
Results: Seth’s Fat Ass 50K
The 12th edition of Seth’s Fat Ass 50K took place on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Forest Park in Springfield, Mass. Runners once again took on a 5K paved loop course and had seven hours to complete 10 loops for a 50K ultramarathon. Thirty-five runners started the race and 22 ultimately achieved an ultramarathon finish within the time limit.Continue reading Results: Seth’s Fat Ass 50K