Nick Curelop and Kehr Davis didn’t manage to rewrite the record boards at the Jug End Loop Ultra six-hour race on Saturday, July 28, but they came pretty darn close. Continue reading Course Records Survive Challenge from Curelop, Davis at Jug End
It wasn’t exactly a changing of the guard, but two Massachusetts residents who have been mainstays in the top 10 at the Vermont 100 for most of the past decade opted to race the 100K instead of 100 miles in 2018. That meant the Bay State had new standard-bearers at the 30th annual Vermont 100 on July 21-22 in West Windsor, Vt. Continue reading Soutiea, Swenson, Pandiscio, Lowe Lead Large Bay State Contingent at VT100
The inaugural East End Trail Races, including a 50K ultramarathon, took place Sunday, Aug. 5, at Borderland State Park in Easton, Mass. The event, which was presented by Northeast Race Management, LLC, also offered 30K and 10K distances. Continue reading Results: East End 50K
Eighty-five runners stuck to the trails of Massachusetts to race during the July 28-29 weekend at the Jug End Loop Ultra in Egremont, but a handful of others ventured beyond the Bay State to tackle ultras on unfamiliar terrain. Christopher Russell was among them as the Littleton resident headed to Ohio for his first 100-miler. Meanwhile, Lakeville’s Shaun Daylor headed to Colorado, and a few others hit the road for a race in Pennsylvania. All are captured in this week’s roundup.
Burning River 100
Christopher Russell left the rugged terrain of New England to take on his first 100-mile race in the Rust Belt. Russell, 55, of Littleton, Mass., took part in the 12th annual Burning River 100 on July 28-29 in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.
The point-to-point race started at the North Chagrin Reservation in Willoughby Hills, connected to the South Chagrin Reservation, and then took runners through the Bedford Reservation on their way to the Ohio Canal Corridor Towpath Trail before winding through multiple other reservations on their way to the HiHo Brewing Company in Cuyahoga Falls. Russell successfully navigated the course and crossed the finish line in 26:44:52, good for 75th place out of 160 finishers within the 30-hour time limit. Ohio resident Jeremy Pope, 32, defended his home turf for the win in 17:13:08. He was followed closely by 29-year-old Shaun Pope of Black Mountain, N.C., in 17:15:25.
Never Summer 100K
The fourth annual Never Summer 100K took place Saturday, July 28, in Gould, Colo., taking runners on a journey between the Never Summer Mountains and the Medicine Bow Mountains. Runners crested multiple peaks on the scenic course with much of the race taking place in alpine regions. It also tossed a mixture of technicality at the runners, sometimes offering smooth dirt singletrack and other times rugged rocky sections.
The 2018 edition saw 263 runners complete the course within 24 hours, one finish just past the time limit, and another 77 whose race ended early. The one Massachusetts resident who took on the challenge earned a trip across the finish line. Lakeville resident Shaun Daylor, 39, finished in the top half of the field, placing 118th overall in 19:26:19.
The top overall spot went to 31-year-old Mark Marzen of Denver, Colo., who established a new course record with his winning time of 11:47:16. Runner-up Frank Pipp, 41, of Longmont, Colo., finished 24 minutes later. Longmont resident Addie Bracy, 31, was the women’s winner and fifth overall finisher in 13:10:39.
Viaduct Trail Ultramarathons
The 12th annual Viaduct Trail Ultramarathon took place July 28-29 in Lanesboro, Pa. Runners faced took on an out-and-back course that stretched 12.5 miles one way along a portion of the D&H Rail Trail. The race challenged runners to tackle four out-and-backs for 100 miles or two trips through the course for 50 miles.
Twenty runners took on the 100-mile distance, and 11 ultimately finished the race. One of them hailed from the Bay State. Kaylo Littlejohn, a 21-year-old Boston resident, finished the 100-miler in 30:12. The win went to 40-year-old Tsutomu Bessho, 40, of Glen Ridge, N.J., in 18:05, followed by 23-year-old Dimitri Kaliakin of Landenberg, Pa., in 19:41.
In addition to the 100-miler, 22 runners completed the 50-mile race, led by overall winner Laura Garcia Marshall, 22, of Barrington, R.I., in 9:19. She was followed by men’s champion Mike Randall, 50, of Towanda, Pa., in 10:09. A pair of Massachusetts men were among the finishers as 36-year-old Russell McAfee of New Bedford finished in 17:22 and 27-year-old Craig Fox of Woburn finished in 18:02.
*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.
Since its inaugural event in 2013, Rainshadow Running’s Trail Running Film Festival has been a hot ticket for trail- and ultrarunners nationwide to see their sport featured on the big screen. Continue reading Trail Running Film Festival Returning to Arlington in October
The third annual Jug End Loop Ultra 6-Hour Race took place Saturday, July 28, at Jug End State Reservation in Egremont, Mass. Runners had six hours to complete a 4.2-mile trail loop as many times as possible. In addition to the six-hour race, race organizers also offered a 4.2-mile race for the first time. Continue reading Results: Jug End Loop Ultra
July 20-22 featured some prominent national ultramarathons, including the USATF 50-Mile Trail National Championships in New York, the notorious Speedgoat 50K in Utah, and the legendary Hardrock 100 in Colorado. Massachusetts ultrarunners toed the starting line at all of them, and we’ve included those races in this week’s roundup.
A majority of the Bay State ultrarunners who raced last weekend headed north to Vermont, and that massive event – featuring 100-mile and 100K races – will be covered in a separate story. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Cayuga Trails, Hardrock, and Speedgoat