When the Stone Cat Trail Race organizers from Gil’s Athletic Club (GAC) announced that the 2022 edition was “likely going to be the FINAL Stone Cat,” runners jumped at the opportunity to get their one and only crack at the classic event or run it one last time.Continue reading Stone Cat Bids Farewell with Spectacular Final Race
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Photos: Stone Cat 50K
The 21st and likely final running of the Stone Cat Trail Race was held on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich, Mass. First held in 2001 as the creation of Gil’s Athletic Club – or G.A.C. – Stone Cat was originally a 50-mile and marathon event, Stone Cat combined races into a single 50K beginning in 2019. That distance and course remained the same again this year. More than 230 runners took part in this year’s event, and Brian Burke was on hand to take photos. All photos in this gallery were taken by Brian, and a full gallery of his images can be viewed at this link.Continue reading Photos: Stone Cat 50K
Results: Stone Cat 50K
The 21st and likely final running of the Stone Cat Trail Race took place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich, Mass. The event once again used the 50K distance that it debuted in 2019. Of the 233 starters of this year’s race, 157 finished within 9 hours. Men’s champion and overall winner Nicholas Lemon logged the second-fastest time in course history, missing the men’s course record by less than two minutes, while overall runner-up and women’s champion Lila Gaudrault smashed the women’s course record by 12 minutes.Continue reading Results: Stone Cat 50K
Registration Opens for Final Stone Cat Trail Race
The Stone Cat Trail Race has been a staple of the New England trail ultrarunning scene for more than two decades, but the legendary event is about to write its final chapter.Continue reading Registration Opens for Final Stone Cat Trail Race
Bainbridge Scorches Course on Record-Setting Day at Stone Cat 50K
When Rachel Bainbridge attended the 2019 Stone Cat 50K to cheer on some friends, she knew then and there that she wanted to run the race. A classic New England ultra, Stone Cat began in 2001 as a 50-miler and marathon, but organizers consolidated the distances into a 50K in 2019 to streamline race management and breathe new life into the early-fall race.Continue reading Bainbridge Scorches Course on Record-Setting Day at Stone Cat 50K
Results: Stone Cat 50K
The 20th edition of the Stone Cat Trail Race and second edition of the event as a 50K took place on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2021, at Willowdale State Forest in Ipswich, Mass. Devin Jones of Beverly, Mass., topped the men’s field while Rachel Bainbridge set a women’s course record by 13 minutes.Continue reading Results: Stone Cat 50K
After Cancellation in 2020, Stone Cat Registration to Open June 29
After 18 years as a 50-mile and marathon event, the Stone Cat organizers merged the two distances into one 50K race in 2019. The result was spirited competition in both the women’s and men’s fields where strong performances were plentiful and the outcome was in doubt until the final trip around the three-loop course. By the end of the day, the reinvented Stone Cat was an instant classic.Continue reading After Cancellation in 2020, Stone Cat Registration to Open June 29
Pandemic Forces Cancellation of Stone Cat 50K
For 18 years, the Stone Cat Trail Races challenged runners with 50-mile and marathon distances. The race organizers from G.A.C. in Topsfield transitioned the event to a single-distance offering of a 50K in 2019, and that inaugural event featured impressive performances and competitive battles in both the women’s and men’s races, setting the stage for a highly anticipated second edition of the 50K in 2020.
That second edition will have to wait. Continue reading Pandemic Forces Cancellation of Stone Cat 50K
A Stacked Field, a Spirited Race and a Smith Victory at Stone Cat
IPSWICH, Mass. – The friendly banter, the anxious smiles, the fidgeting and deep breathing… all were on display in the minutes leading up to the start of the Stone Cat 50K, foreshadowing what was about to happen.
Yes, the runners were chilly – it was just 31 degrees on this sunny Saturday morning – but they were also nervous. This day was going to hurt, especially for those who hoped to contend for the win. After 18 years of offering 50-mile and marathon distances, the Stone Cat organizers combined the two races into a single 50K offering this year. That meant the fastest fellas were all in one race, and they all knew it. Continue reading A Stacked Field, a Spirited Race and a Smith Victory at Stone Cat
Nawn Celebrates Return to New England with Stone Cat Victory
IPSWICH, Mass. – When Cori Nawn stepped to the starting line of the Stone Cat 50K on Saturday morning, she didn’t know what to expect of the competition around her. Then again, it wasn’t of much concern to her. She was just happy to be there.
“I recently moved back to the area from Texas,” Nawn said. “I lived in San Antonio for five years and I moved back up here after getting my Ph.D. I’m really happy to be back, and I just wanted to run a fall race because fall is my favorite season.” Continue reading Nawn Celebrates Return to New England with Stone Cat Victory