Trails in Motion Film Festival at Race-Mania Postponed Due to Coronavirus

The Race-Mania Summit and Expo announced on Thursday, March 12, that the Trails in Motion Film Festival at Race-Mania has been postponed in response to the coronavirus.

The Film Festival, which was to take place at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Boston University’s Fit Rec Center as a part of the broader Race-Mania event, will be rescheduled for a later date, organizers announced via Facebook. Continue reading Trails in Motion Film Festival at Race-Mania Postponed Due to Coronavirus

MassUltra Roundup: Mesquite Canyon and Way Too Cool

After a quick start to the 2020 ultramarathon slate in Massachusetts with two fatass-style races in January and the TARCtic Frozen Yeti at the beginning of February, a period of relative quiet has settled over the local ultra scene. That will change in a few weeks when the Trail Animals Running Club plays host to the To Hale and Back 6-Hour Ultra, followed by a jam-packed April lineup. In the meantime, several runners have spent March heading out-of-state to race. That was the case on Saturday, March 7, when Easthampton’s Ethan Abeles traveled to Arizona to race the Mesquite Canyon 50K. Additionally, Cambridge resident Kai Hoeffner and Milford’s Martha Stapels took part in the massive Way Too Cool 50K in California. Both races are included in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Mesquite Canyon and Way Too Cool

Plymouth’s First Ultra to be a ‘Long, Hard & Dirty’ Challenge at Myles Standish State Forest

Ultrarunning has enjoyed massive growth across the country and around the world in recent years, and that boom has certainly been felt here in Massachusetts. Long-established races have experienced record turnout and new events have been added to the calendar yearly. Today, the number of ultras in the Bay State stands at more than 30, ranging from distance-specific races to time-based ultras, fatass-style gatherings and last-person-standing events.

This year, Plymouth will join in on the action when it plays host to its first ultramarathon with the inaugural Plymouth’s Long, Hard and Dirty Ultra on Saturday, April 18, at Myles Standish State Forest. The event was the brainchild of co-Race Director Kristen DeMeo Winger who saw the potential for a trail race to thrive in an area that has a robust road-running community. She pitched that idea to her friend, Anne Marie Winchester, and the idea soon turned into reality. Continue reading Plymouth’s First Ultra to be a ‘Long, Hard & Dirty’ Challenge at Myles Standish State Forest

MassUltra Roundup: Merck Forest Snowshoe Ultra

New England ushered in March with its first ultramarathon of the month on Sunday, March 1, at the Merck Forest Snowshoe Ultra 50K in Rupert, Vt. The event, which made its debut in 2019, challenged competitors with a four-loop course, more than 8,500 feet of vertical gain and numerous steep descents – all of it on snowy singletrack and doubletrack trails in the northern Taconic Mountains. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Merck Forest Snowshoe Ultra

MassUltra Roundup: Red Dirt, Sierra Vista, Save the Daylight, and Naked Bavarian

The spring ultramarathon season isn’t yet upon us, so recent weeks have been light on racing for runners in New England. Leap Day was busy for a few runners from the region, however, with one making a long-awaited return to ultrarunning, one making an ultra debut, another setting a personal record for distance, and one making an annual pilgrimage to Pennsylvania for a popular race. From Louisiana to New Mexico, from Florida to Pennsylvania, we’re closing our February in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Red Dirt, Sierra Vista, Save the Daylight, and Naked Bavarian

MassUltra Roundup: Febapple and Mt. Umunhum

February has been relatively quiet on the Massachusetts ultrarunning scene, save for the month’s opening weekend when more than 100 runners took on the trails of Hale Reservation for up to 30 hours at the TARCtic Frozen Yeti. In the weeks since, a handful of runners have traveled beyond the Bay State to race – most to neighboring Connecticut – and a few beyond New England. The weekend of Feb. 22-23 was particularly quiet, with just a handful of runners stepping to the starting line. A few did so in New Jersey for 50K or 50 miles at the Febapple Frozen Fifty, while Beverly resident Peter MacEwen headed cross-country to California for the Mt. Umunhum 52K. Both races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Febapple and Mt. Umunhum

Results: BURCS Treadmill Ultra and Marathon

The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service kicked off its 2020 season with a new, virtual challenge: a treadmill ultramarathon and marathon. From Feb. 15-23, runners could select a 24-hour window to complete a marathon, 50K or – for just a little bit extra distance – a 50.1K, documenting their progress with time-stamped photos of the distance completed every time the treadmill stopped. Forty-two runners completed ultramarathon distances while another 49 completed a marathon on the treadmill. Continue reading Results: BURCS Treadmill Ultra and Marathon

Going beyond the marathon in Massachusetts