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Race Directors Embrace Virtual Options to Keep Runners Motivated During Pandemic

The Trail Animals Running Club’s annual TARC Spring Classic is one of the most popular trail-running events in Massachusetts, drawing more than 300 runners to the trails of Weston each April to tackle distances from 10K to 50K. The 10th annual Spring Classic was scheduled for Saturday, April 25, and it was shaping up to be another busy day on the trails with hundreds of runners once again signed up to race.

As the global pandemic caused by the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, expanded its spread across the state and the country, the race’s future was put in doubt. Then, following an order by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker limiting the size of gatherings to no more than 50 people to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Spring Classic co-Race Directors Annie Gagliardi and Michael McDuffie announced on Wednesday, March 18, that the race was canceled.

The Spring Classic was the second TARC race and third in Massachusetts to cancel due to COVID-19. That number has since grown to eight cancellations, three postponements, and another that will take place as a virtual race. That means that after kicking off the year with the G.A.C. Fat Ass 50K and the Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass 50K in January and the TARCtic Frozen Yeti on Feb. 1-2, the earliest the next in-person ultra in Massachusetts might take place is July. That’s a long time for ultrarunners to go without connecting with their trail tribe. Some race directors are doing what they can to minimize that disconnect even if races can’t take place in person at the moment by introducing virtual races, a concept that has exploded in popularity nationwide during the pandemic. Continue reading Race Directors Embrace Virtual Options to Keep Runners Motivated During Pandemic

Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Postponed Due to COVID-19

After weeks of waiting for clarity on the impact of the global pandemic caused by the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, a decision was made today to postpone the Chesterfield Gorge Ultra and 25K. Continue reading Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Postponed Due to COVID-19

Trail-Running Film Festival to be a Live-Stream Event on May 1

Since 2014, the Trail-Running Film Festival has been a popular draw for trail- and ultrarunners nationwide in search of inspiration or entertainment featuring our terrain of choice. In Massachusetts, the festival has made several trips to the Capitol Theatre in Arlington and played to sold-out audiences. Continue reading Trail-Running Film Festival to be a Live-Stream Event on May 1

Vegan Power 50K to Go Virtual, Alford Springs 6-Hour Canceled

Pittsfield State Forest has been the home of the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s Vegan Power 50K for six years, and the BURCS plan on keeping it that way in the years ahead. For 2020, however, the race will be a virtual experience. Continue reading Vegan Power 50K to Go Virtual, Alford Springs 6-Hour Canceled

Mitchener Uses Running Superpower to Bring Laughter to Neighbors During Pandemic

March 20 wasn’t a typical Friday in Lynnfield, Mass. In fact, it may have been the strangest of Fridays in recent memory for residents of that town and many others throughout Massachusetts, for it was the Friday that closed out the first week of a partial statewide shutdown to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Schools had been shuttered on short notice, forcing parents and teachers to scramble to figure out childcare solutions. Many people transitioned to working from home while some were laid off. Restaurants closed. Barber shops and hair salons locked their doors. Parks and playgrounds were deemed off limits. These were strange times, indeed. Continue reading Mitchener Uses Running Superpower to Bring Laughter to Neighbors During Pandemic

Ultra Lessons Propel Agbay, Bakery to Find Opportunity, Optimism Amid Pandemic

Christopher Agbay stood at the trailhead and stared into the woods ahead of him. The sun was still rising, gradually illuminating the trail he was about to take on. On good days, the Wapack Trail packs a serious punch. On days where conditions aren’t so great—days like this—it can be downright grueling. Thunderstorms had recently soaked the area for several hours. Now here he was, at 6:45 a.m., ready to embrace whatever the trails had in store for him. Continue reading Ultra Lessons Propel Agbay, Bakery to Find Opportunity, Optimism Amid Pandemic