MassUltra Roundup: Umstead, New Jersey Festival, and a Hills to Sea Trail FKT

Somerville resident Sarah Aponte delivered a dynamite performance and prevailed in a back-and-forth duel to win the Umstead 100-miler last weekend in North Carolina. Additionally, a handful of New England residents earned ultramarathon finishes at the New Jersey Ultra Trail Festival. Finally, Greg Soutiea – a former Quincy resident now running an inn in Maine – celebrated his birthday by grinding out a fastest known time on the Hills to Sea Trail. We’ve got all of these covered in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Umstead, New Jersey Festival, and a Hills to Sea Trail FKT

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Results: Cape Cod Trail Race 50K

The sixth annual Cape Cod Trail Race 50K took place Sunday, April 7, 2019, at the Crane Wildlife Management Area in Falmouth, Mass. Fifty runners completed the race within eight hours. Additionally, 146 runners completed the half marathon and another 167 finished a 10K race. Continue reading Results: Cape Cod Trail Race 50K

MassUltra Roundup: Castle to River, GDR, Badger Mountain, and Prairie Spirit

Pittsfield’s Kehr Davis had to wait until last weekend to earn a victory at what was supposed to be her final race of 2018 at the Castle to River 50K in New York. Westborough’s Ben Nephew secured a runner-up finish at the same race in the Empire State and a dozen more New England residents also took part. Additionally, the controversy at the Georgia Death Race impacted a New Englander, and local ultrarunners earned finishes at the Badger Mountain Challenge in Washington and Prairie Spirit in Kansas. We have those four races covered in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Castle to River, GDR, Badger Mountain, and Prairie Spirit

Back at Hale, Burke Enjoys Another Big Run

Brian Burke has been To Hale and Back in 2019, and both times turned out pretty darn good.

It was just last month that Burke first went to Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass., where he received an intense introduction to the reservation’s rocky, rooty, winding trail system through the woods. The occasion was the TARCtic Frozen Yeti, a 30-hour ultramarathon that took place in 20-degree temperatures while the trails were coated in a thick layer of ice and a dusting of snow.

Burke spent more than 28 hours on the trails that weekend in early February on a course that consisted of three five-mile mini-loops labeled Red, White and Blue. He was one of three runners to finish with 100 miles; one runner went farther.

After seven weeks away, Burke went back to Hale Reservation on Saturday, March 23. This time his stay was shorter. Rather than a 30-hour race, he was there alongside 112 other runners for the Trail Animals Running Club’s fourth annual To Hale and Back 6-Hour Ultra. Continue reading Back at Hale, Burke Enjoys Another Big Run

MassUltra Roundup: Mt. Tammany, Get Lucky, Antelope Island, and Cape Fear

A pair of Massachusetts ultrarunners – South Deerfield’s Brian Rusiecki and Boston’s Kevin Koncilja – kicked of their 2019 seasons with runner-up finishes last weekend, Rusiecki at the Mt. Tammany 10! in New Jersey and Koncilja at the Get Lucky 50/50 in Ohio. Meanwhile, Framingham’s Art Beauregard earned his first 100-mile finish at the Antelope Island Buffalo Run in Utah. Additionally, we tracked down a few local runners’ performances March 16 at the Badwater: Cape Fear Ultras in North Carolina. Those four races are featured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Mt. Tammany, Get Lucky, Antelope Island, and Cape Fear