MassUltra Roundup: Massanutten, Jack Bristol, Miwok, Strolling Jim, and Spring Fling 600

A trio of Massachusetts ultrarunners added to their string of finishes at the Massanutten 100-miler in Virginia, Jenny Hoffman secured another victory at the Jack Bristol 50-miler, and local runners also took on the Miwok 100K in California, the Strolling Jim 40-miler in Tennessee, and the Spring Fling 600-minute run in Connecticut.

More results – including the Big A 50K and the Rock the Ridge 50-miler – are still being tracked down and will be included in next week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Massanutten, Jack Bristol, Miwok, Strolling Jim, and Spring Fling 600

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Photos: Davis Square Runners’ “Not the Worst Weekend” Fat Ass 8-Hour Run

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – The Davis Square Runners played host to the second annual “Not the Worst Weekend” Fat Ass 8-Hour Run on Saturday, April 29, in Somerville, Mass.

More than two-dozen runners gathered in the front yard of club member Fernando Salcido’s house, which served as the start/finish and aid station for the event.

Runners had eight hours to log as many miles as they wanted while following the event’s unique “Choose Your Own Adventure” format. Continue reading Photos: Davis Square Runners’ “Not the Worst Weekend” Fat Ass 8-Hour Run

MassUltra Roundup: Promise Land, TNFEC – DC, Tillamook Burn, and Hyner 50K

From a UROC tune-up in Virginia, to The North Face Endurance Challenge in the nation’s capitol, to the Tillamook Burn in Oregon, Massachusetts ultrarunners took to the trails on both coasts on April 29-30. Additionally, we tracked down results from the Hyner 50K in Pennsylvania for this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Promise Land, TNFEC – DC, Tillamook Burn, and Hyner 50K

DRB Sticks to its Roots with Challenging Running, Close-Knit Camaraderie

MILTON, Mass. – Every April since 1897, runners from around the globe have flocked to Massachusetts to take part in the iconic Boston Marathon. Now one of the world’s largest marathons and among the most recognized events in all of sports, Boston has captured the imagination, hopes and dreams of runners for 121 years.

While Boston may be the big show (27,221 runners started this year’s race), there’s another race in town that’s iconic in its own right, albeit on a much smaller scale and on a course that’s far more difficult to follow. The Trail Animals Running Club’s “Don’t Run Boston” trail ultras are a New England ultrarunning cult classic. Continue reading DRB Sticks to its Roots with Challenging Running, Close-Knit Camaraderie

Uxbridge’s Goat Hill 50K Encourages Runners to Embrace Inner Mountain Goat

It’s called “The Goat” for a reason.

Runners at the durtyfeets Trail Run Series’ Goat Hill races take on an eight-mile loop that lulls runners in with some easy running through a field toward the start of the singletrack trail. For three quarters of a mile the running is relaxed and comes almost effortlessly.

“Then they turn left,” said race director Alex Rogozenski, “and they see ‘The Goat.’” Continue reading Uxbridge’s Goat Hill 50K Encourages Runners to Embrace Inner Mountain Goat

Despite Rain, Runners Shine at Spirited Spring Classic

WESTON, Mass. – It was close to 5 p.m. when Kevin Paige emerged from the woods and the finish line came into view. A look of relief and an exuberant grin spread across his face as he stretched his arms out wide with joy.

“You guys are still here!” proclaimed Paige, 47. “Oh my God! I can’t believe you guys are still here!”

Paige’s 50K race hadn’t gone quite as he’d hoped at the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic on Saturday, April 22. His legs gave him problems after two loops of the five-loop course. Determined to finish what he started, he gritted his way through the ultramarathon, battled the elements and the trail, and earned his finish. After more than eight hours on the trails, however, he spent the final miles worried that he’d return to the start/finish only to find everyone had left, and his bag – with the keys to his truck inside – would be gone.

The Trail Animals’ motto is “Leave No Animal Behind,” however, and this day was no different. Paige was greeted with applause and open arms, and his keys were right where he left them so he could make it home to Manchester, N.H., that evening.

From the first across the finish line to the back of the pack, runners didn’t allow a steady drizzle or temperatures in the upper 30s to low 40s dampen their day or their spirits. Instead, around 350 runners took part in the Spring Classic, running in the 50K, marathon, half marathon or 10K, in what was one of the largest crowds ever for the seventh annual event. Continue reading Despite Rain, Runners Shine at Spirited Spring Classic