Rusieckis, Fourcade Complete UTMB

The 2016 Ultra Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) was one of the hottest and most grueling on record, with more than 40 percent of the starting field falling by the wayside by the time the 46 1/2-hour time limit had expired.

Nearly 1,800 runners toed the starting line in Chamonix, France, and more than 730 dropped along the 170-kilometer (105.6-mile) course. Of the 1,468 runners who reached the finish line after conquering more than 32,000 feet of vertical gain and temperatures in the upper 80s, three finishers hailed from Massachusetts. Continue reading Rusieckis, Fourcade Complete UTMB

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MassUltra Roundup: Cascade Crest, ADK, and Tamalpa Headlands

Traer Blazes to Runner-Up Finish at Cascade Crest 100

Fast times were to be expected at the Cascade Crest 100-Mile Endurance Run. After all, defending champion Jesse Lang was back for the race on Saturday, Aug. 27, in Easton, Wash., a year after recording the second-fastest time in course history.

Adding to the speed factor was that Scott Traer made the cross-country trip from Woburn, Mass., to tackle the mountain race with more than 22,000 feet of vertical gain. Throw in speedy Texan Paul Terranova from Austin – a top-20 finisher at Western States in June and the runner-up at the Rocky Raccoon 100 in February – and another Western States top-20 finisher, Benjamin Bucklin of Spokane, Wash., and the competition was stout. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Cascade Crest, ADK, and Tamalpa Headlands

Buckle Up: Harvard Friends Strike Gold at Leadville

More than two decades ago, six college kids from the Boston area headed West to strike it big and, thanks to savvy planning and a string of daring escapades, returned home with a lucrative haul.

Their destination: Vegas. Their game: blackjack. Their prize: cold, hard cash. Their university: M.I.T.

Last winter, four college kids from a university a mile away hatched a new plan to head West in pursuit of a hefty reward. Their game was far different – no cards to count; the number 25 more important than 21. The prize they sought amounted to little more than a partial wardrobe upgrade and a lifetime of personal pride. Continue reading Buckle Up: Harvard Friends Strike Gold at Leadville

MassUltra Roundup: Leadville, Waldo, Squamish, Hampshire, Anchor Down, and the Anchorage Run Fest

Eight from Massachusetts Overcome the Altitude at Leadville Trail 100

Eight Massachusetts residents were among the 340 runners to complete the Leadville Trail 100, also known as “the Race Across the Sky” for its high altitude. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Leadville, Waldo, Squamish, Hampshire, Anchor Down, and the Anchorage Run Fest

BURCS Plays Host to Inaugural Jug End Loop Ultra

The latest addition to the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s race lineup made its debut Saturday, Aug. 20, with the inaugural running of the Jug End Loop Ultra 6-hour event at Jug End State Reservation in Egremont, Mass.

A total of 30 runners recorded miles, including 12 who ran beyond the marathon distance – whether by just a few strides or quite a few miles. Continue reading BURCS Plays Host to Inaugural Jug End Loop Ultra

The Rock Run Canceled for 2016

The Rock Run has been a staple of Massachusetts ultrarunning since 1988.

The approximately 50-mile run/swim ultra around the island of Nantucket, Mass., will take a hiatus in 2016, however. According to the event’s website, “Race Director Jamie Ranney, suffered a leg injury” and is facing a lengthy recovery that has interfered with his ability to put on the event. Continue reading The Rock Run Canceled for 2016