As its name implies, the Sweltering Summer Ultra aims to test not only runners’ endurance, but also their tolerance for New England’s typical mid-summer scorching heat.
The event, which was put on for the sixth year on a row by the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) on Saturday, Aug. 11, challenged runners to circle a .355-mile dirt and cinder loop as many times as possible during an 8-hour period at Clapp Park in Pittsfield, Mass.
While the course and the objective were the same as in years past, one thing was different – rather than sweltering heat, this year runners instead endured soaking rain for much of the day. That created challenging conditions on a course that’s designed for sure-footed running and speed. For Greg Soutiea, that simply made for an intriguing plot twist at a race where he has set a high standard for performance. Continue reading Soutiea Builds on Big Year with Another Record-Setting Effort at Soggy Sweltering Summer
The Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) played host to its sixth annual Sweltering Summer Ultra on Saturday, Aug. 11, in Pittsfield, Mass. Runners took part in an 8-hour ultramarathon, as well as a marathon and 5K races. Continue reading Results: Sweltering Summer Ultra
Nick Curelop and Kehr Davis didn’t manage to rewrite the record boards at the Jug End Loop Ultra six-hour race on Saturday, July 28, but they came pretty darn close. Continue reading Course Records Survive Challenge from Curelop, Davis at Jug End
The third annual Jug End Loop Ultra 6-Hour Race took place Saturday, July 28, at Jug End State Reservation in Egremont, Mass. Runners had six hours to complete a 4.2-mile trail loop as many times as possible. In addition to the six-hour race, race organizers also offered a 4.2-mile race for the first time. Continue reading Results: Jug End Loop Ultra
WINDSOR, Mass. – The sun beat down on Dietmar Bago’s head as he covered the final steps toward a pop-up tent and removed his sweat-soaked bandana. Underneath the tent he found a table full of tasty snacks, an assortment of Gatorade flavors and other cold drinks and – most important – shade. Continue reading Big Miles for Bago, Many Others, at BURCS Summer Fat Ass Ultra
The fourth annual BURCS Summer Fat Ass Ultra took place July 7-8 at Notchview Reservation in Windsor, Mass. The following are a small sample of the photos from the event, which included 24-hour, 12-hour, and 6-hour races. A full photo gallery can be viewed on the MassUltra Facebook page. Continue reading Photos: BURCS Summer Fat Ass Ultra
The fourth annual BURCS Summer Fat Ass Ultra took place July 7-8 at Notchview Reservation in Windsor, Mass. The event offered runners 24-hour, 12-hour and 6-hour options to log as many miles as they could. Ninety runners logged miles during the course of the weekend. Continue reading Results: BURCS Summer Fat Ass Ultra