“To Hale and Back” Kicks Off TARC Ultra Season

What a difference a year makes.

The 2015 TARC ultra-running season opened with a Spring Thaw 6-Hour Race that came well before Massachusetts’ mountains of record-setting snowfall had melted away.

The 2016 TARC ultra season-opener relocated from Andover to Westwood, Mass., was scheduled for two weeks later, and rebranded itself as “To Hale and Back,” giving the trail animals an opportunity to emerge from winter hibernation for a six-hour trail race at Hale Reservation.

Ninety-six runners took to the trails Saturday, March 26, for a chilly but comfortable, snow-free six hours of running at Hale Reservation. No post-holing, Yaktrax or microspikes necessary; a 3.5-mile loop of mostly singletrack trail and rolling hills provided plenty of opportunity to run easy while ticking away the miles. Continue reading “To Hale and Back” Kicks Off TARC Ultra Season

MassUltra Roundup: Moab Red Hot, Febapple, and Antelope Canyon

Early-season ultramarathons don’t get much more unique than Moab Red Hot in Moab, Utah.

From its unusual 55-kilometer distance – a departure from the standard 50K – to its distinctly Moab slick rock terrain and surrounding views of Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, and the La Sal Mountains, Moab Red Hot presents a heavy dose of trail-running temptation.

The 10th annual event took place Feb. 13, and Mike Burnstein of Brookline, MA, was up to the challenge. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Moab Red Hot, Febapple, and Antelope Canyon

Cape Cod Ultrarunners Celebrate 10 Years of Frozen Fun

The Cape Cod Ultrarunning Society kicked off 2016 in the same way it has each year for the past decade: with a character-building test of endurance, commitment, and tolerance to the elements.

The club played host to the 10th annual Cape Cod Frozen Fatass 50K on Saturday, January 16, on Sandy Neck in Barnstable, Mass., and—in typical fashion for the event—the weather was at its unfavorable best. Continue reading Cape Cod Ultrarunners Celebrate 10 Years of Frozen Fun

Three from Massachusetts Tapped in Western States Lottery

Competition for entry into the Western States 100 is almost as difficult as the race itself.

A total of 3,510 runners—a Western States lottery record by more than 800 applicants—applied for the 355 spots up for grabs in the 2016 Western States lottery. The lottery took place December 5, 2015, at the Placer High School auditorium in Auburn, CA.

Three Massachusetts ultrarunners were among the lucky ones to have their numbers pulled Continue reading Three from Massachusetts Tapped in Western States Lottery