It was a scorching weekend in the desert Oct. 29-30 in Fountain Hills, Ariz., with temperatures that hit triple-digits and plenty of sun beating down to cook the ground. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to assume ultrarunners contributed to that late-October heat, however, given the number of scorching performances turned in at the Javelina Jundred, a 100-mile and 100-kilometer race. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Javelina Jundred and Autumn Leaves
A large crop of Bay State residents journeyed a few strides beyond the state border into New Hampshire last weekend for the Ghost Train Rail Trail Races. Results of that event are still being finalized, so we will highlight it in a separate article later this week. Not everyone went north to race, however. A handful of Massachusetts residents headed elsewhere to take on ultramarathon challenges, and we have included four of those events in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Pony Express, Bimblers Bluff, Elk-Kings, and Goatz
East Coast 100-milers don’t come much tougher than Grindstone, and the 2016 edition was no different. The singletrack journey through the Blue Ridge Mountains on Oct. 7-9 in Swoope, Va., was a rain-soaked adventure. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Grindstone, Joe English, Big Brad, Can Lake, and St. Pat’s
WESTWOOD, Mass. – The first few miles didn’t go according to plan for Will Swenson at the TARC 100 on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Hale Reservation. As it turned out, that set the tone for a masterpiece of a performance as Swenson dominated the race in course-record time.
“My expectation of the race was that I was just going to see how it went and take what I could get,” he said. “If I found myself in position to be competitive then I certainly wanted to take that and see what I could do.” Continue reading Andover’s Swenson Delivers Record-Setting Performance at TARC 100
While the largest cropping of Massachusetts ultrarunners spent the weekend of Oct. 8-9 racing or volunteering at the TARC 100 ultrarunning festival in Westwood, Mass., (see additional TARC 100 coverage on MassUltra.com), a handful of Bay State residents scattered throughout the country to tackle other ultras. We’ve included five of them in this week’s roundup. If we’ve missed your event (here’s looking at you, Grindstone), don’t worry, we’ll include it next week. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Bigfoot, Farm to Farm, Tesla Hertz, Oil Creek, and Water Gap
WESTWOOD, Mass. – When Marek Telus made his 50-mile debut in May at Pineland Farms in Maine, he went out too fast, hit the wall and bonked hard.
Telus finished that race – and posted a still speedy time of 7:47:38 – but he wasn’t satisfied. He tucked away the experience as a lesson learned, and he brought the knowledge gained with him to the starting line of his 100K debut at the TARC 100 on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Hale Reservation.
“I wanted to go out conservatively at first, just to make sure I’m not going to crash in the later miles. I didn’t want to do that again,” said Telus, 41, of Hopkinton, N.H. “If people were ahead of me, I didn’t worry about it much. I thought I’d just do my best, and it just happened to be my day today.”
Boy did it ever. Continue reading Telus, Brinkert Notch 100K Course Records at TARC 100
WESTWOOD, Mass. – The 50-mile race at the TARC 100 presented runners with a unique challenge on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Hale Reservation.
By starting the race in the early afternoon, runners would have to cover most of the second 25-mile loop after dark.
Nine runners toed the starting line; four finished. Davis Cutter got it done first. Continue reading Cutter Perseveres for TARC 50-Mile Victory