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BURCS’ Free to Run Trail Races Return at Pivotal Moment, Amass Large Donation to FTR

When the United States military and NATO forces withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021 and the Taliban returned to power, the country was thrown into turmoil as its new leadership set about rolling back all sorts of rights people had gained and enjoyed in years prior. No group was more targeted than women and girls, as the Taliban sought to deny them access to education, freedom of expression and movement, and so much more. In a very real way the Taliban sought to deny women and girls their own identities.

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TARC Fall Classic Returns with New RD, Huge Turnout and Big Performances

For years the TARC Fall Classic was something of the Patrick Caron show. The native of Needham, Mass., made his ultrarunning debut at the 2015 event and turned heads with his runner-up finish in the 50-mile race in 8:19:45 at just 18 years old. He returned to run the 50-miler during each of the next three years, setting new course records each time, concluding with a sizzling 6:52:04 performance in 2018.

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Results: BURCS Free to Run Trail Races

Following two years of virtual events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) welcomed back runners for in-person racing at the eighth annual (and sixth in-person) Free to Run Trail Races on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, Mass. Runners once again took on 50-mile, marathon or half-marathon distances on a 12.5-mile technical trail loop course with plenty of climbing.

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Summer Sauna: Heat Takes a Bite Out of Runners at TARC Summer Classic

MEDFIELD, Mass. – The Trail Animals Running Club has a proud history of creative race-day treats. From the legendary Yeti Balls masterfully crafted by Alyssa Adreani, to the “Skeptical Jeff” – a quesadilla with peanut butter, banana, and chocolate from a 3-foot tall chocolate bunny first created at the 2017 TARC Spring Classic, to various other innovations in the TARC Test Kitchen, the Trail Animals have a knack for cooking up tasty snacks and inventing palatable new concoctions.

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Photos: TARC Summer Classic

The Trail Animals Running Club played host to the 11th running of the TARC Summer Classic on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, Mass. Runners took part in 40-mile and 50K ultramarathons as well as the inaugural Summer Classic 10-miler. The following are a sample of photos from the day taken by MassUltra Editor Chris Wristen. A full photo gallery can be viewed on the MassUltra Facebook page at this link.

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Jug End Returns to Full In-Person Racing After 2 Years of Virtual/Hybrid Format

Race Director Benn Griffin sought creative solutions to keep the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s Jug End Loop Ultra going during the COVID-19 disruption and continue raising funds for the causes the race supports.

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