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Rain Slows, Doesn’t Stop Runners at TARC Summer Classic

Fresh off of enduring weeks of temperatures in the 90s, runners in the 40-mile and 50K races at the TARC Summer Classic enjoyed reprieve from the heat at the eighth annual event on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, Mass.

In place of the heat were temperatures in the upper 60s to mid-70s and a cool, steady rainfall that compounded with the humidity to turn the trails into a wet sauna. Continue reading Rain Slows, Doesn’t Stop Runners at TARC Summer Classic

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Soutiea Builds on Big Year with Another Record-Setting Effort at Soggy Sweltering Summer

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

Massachusetts Runner DQ’d from Multiple Ultras, Suspected of Cutting Courses

The temperature inched closer to 90 degrees as the noon hour approached at the East End Trail Races. It was Sunday, Aug. 5, and it was another scorcher.

Around 135 runners were taking part in the inaugural event at Borderland State Park in Easton, Mass., most of them in the 30K and 10K races. Seventeen runners toed the starting line of the 50K ultramarathon that muggy morning, armed with the knowledge that tough miles were ahead. They had to complete five trips around a “heavy” 10K loop that measured around 6.7 miles, making it a 33.5-mile race.

By 1 p.m., four of the ultramarathon runners had called it a day and 13 were still on the course. Charn McAllister was the frontrunner by a comfortable margin and appeared to have the overall victory in hand. The 35-year-old resident of Norfolk, Mass., was three minutes off the lead after the first loop, but he had moved to the front during his second trip around the course before steadily pulling away. McAllister faded a bit as the miles added up and the day got hotter, but not by much given the conditions. His closest competitor of all the runners – 30-year-old Billy Jenkins of Malden, Mass. – was more than 17 minutes back after four laps and losing ground. The third overall runner was almost six minutes behind Jenkins and trailed McAllister by more than 23 minutes.

Surprisingly, the third runner to finish four loops was the first to reach the finish line. Less than 58 minutes after starting her final loop, Maude Gorman crossed the finish line in 5:53:15. It appeared she had not only erased a hefty deficit, but also amassed a comfortable lead. McAllister finished eight minutes later in 6:01:18.

The timer called over the race directors from Northeast Race Management, LLC. Something didn’t seem right. Continue reading Massachusetts Runner DQ’d from Multiple Ultras, Suspected of Cutting Courses

Runners Feel the Heat at East End 50K

The weather presented some unforgiving conditions for runners at Northeast Race Management, LLC’s inaugural East End Trail Races on Sunday, Aug. 5, at Borderland State Park in Easton, Mass.

More than 135 runners took part in the event, which offered three distances to runners, including a 50K ultramarathon. That race had the smallest field with just 17 runners taking on the challenge on a day where the humidity was high and the temperature climbed to 90 degrees.

Of the 17 who started the race, 13 would ultimately finish – with one being disqualified for apparently cutting the course (Editor’s Note: This is discussed in depth in a separate story). Continue reading Runners Feel the Heat at East End 50K