MassUltra Roundup: Promise Land, Jack Bristol, TNFEC-DC, the Canyons, and Zion

A few of the Northeast’s classic ultras – Virginia’s Promise Land 50K, Connecticut’s Jack Bristol Ultras at Lake Waramaug, and The North Face Endurance Challenge’s annual stop outside Washington, D.C. – attracted ultrarunners from Massachusetts, as did a relatively new ultra out West on some of the sport’s most hallowed grounds. Additionally, we tracked down the results of the Zion 100 from April 21-22, which included a handful of buckle-earners from the Bay State. Those five races make for plenty of reading in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Promise Land, Jack Bristol, TNFEC-DC, the Canyons, and Zion

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Big Bear 50K Relocating to Watuppa Reservation for 2018

The inaugural Big Bear 50K was a spirited and competitive affair in 2017, with 23 runners finishing the ultramarathon and another 35 completing the 30K race at the DCR Massasoit State Park in East Taunton, Mass. Organizers from Northeast Race Management were eagerly looking forward to growing the event in its second year. Continue reading Big Bear 50K Relocating to Watuppa Reservation for 2018

Historically Chilly DRB Doesn’t Deter LeBlanc From “Doubling”

Runners who took part in the 122nd Boston Marathon on Monday, April 16, endured some of the gnarliest conditions in recent memory as a monsoon-like thunderstorm pummeled runners for the duration of the race.

Twenty-four hours earlier at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Mass., runners at the 22nd annual Don’t Run Boston 50K were spared the downpour, but they battled through the coldest DRB in event history with temperatures in the 30s and afternoon snow flurries. Continue reading Historically Chilly DRB Doesn’t Deter LeBlanc From “Doubling”

Endurance Legend Pharr Davis to Speak May 10 in Natick

One of the modern giants of human endurance is returning to New England. Ultra-endurance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis will speak at the Natick Outdoor Store at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in Natick, Mass., as part of a tour to promote her new book, “The Pursuit of Endurance: Harnessing the Record-Breaking Power of Strength and Resilience.” Continue reading Endurance Legend Pharr Davis to Speak May 10 in Natick

Allen Capitalizes On Warm Weather with Speedy Performance at Spring Classic

WESTON, Mass. – The TARC Spring Classic has developed a reputation for damp, drizzly weather and chilly temperatures during recent years, and this year was shaping up to be more of the same when multiple late-season snowstorms pounded the region in recent weeks.

When race day rolled around, however, runners were granted a reprieve from the challenging conditions and instead were treated to one of the finest days for running in 2018. Sunny skies, temperatures in the upper 50s, and mostly dry trails made for fast running and a spirited day of running at the eighth annual TARC Spring Classic on Saturday, April 21. Continue reading Allen Capitalizes On Warm Weather with Speedy Performance at Spring Classic

MassUltra Roundup: Enchanted Forest, Hellbender, Yakima Skyline, and Mendocino Coast

While most Massachusetts ultrarunners who competed on April 21-22 were in Weston, Mass., for the TARC Spring Classic, a few headed out-of-state to take on new trails. Some were in Connecticut, others in North Carolina, Washington or California. All are included in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Enchanted Forest, Hellbender, Yakima Skyline, and Mendocino Coast