MassUltra Roundup: UROC, Riverlands, Dirty German, Quicksilver, Big A, Rock the Ridge, Bear Mountain, and Peak

From Brian Rusiecki and Will Swenson throwing down top-10 finishes at UROC in Virginia, to Aaron Keene earning a Western States qualifier at Quicksilver in California, to the inaugural 100-miler in Maine, April 13-14 was a busy weekend for Massachusetts ultrarunners taking on out-of-state trails. In addition, we also tracked down results from a few races from the prior weekend, including the Big A 50K in Maine where Patrick Caron added another course record to his resume. In all, eight races are captured in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: UROC, Riverlands, Dirty German, Quicksilver, Big A, Rock the Ridge, Bear Mountain, and Peak

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

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

Going beyond the marathon in Massachusetts