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Results: 2021 TARC Ghost Train Rail Trail Races

Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TARC Ghost Train Rail Trail Race returned for its 12th running on Oct. 16-17 on the Milford and Brookline Rail Trail in Brookline, N.H. The event offered its traditional 30-hour ultra, as well as a Sunday 15-mile race. This year’s race threw a little bit of everything at the runners, from an unseasonably warm Saturday where the temperature climbed into the upper-70s, to heavy rain overnight.

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Photos: 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Race

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trail Animals Running Club’s Ghost Train Rail Trail Race returned on Oct. 16-17, 2021, for 30 hours of racing on the Milford and Brookline Rail Trail in Brookline, N.H. The following are just a sample of the photos taken at the race by MassUltra editor Chris Wristen. A full photo gallery of more than 300 pictures can be viewed on the MassUltra Facebook page at this link.

Ghost Train co-Race Director Theresa Berna addresses the runners prior to the start of the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Races. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Mike Villeux of Weare, N.H., cruises through the early miles of the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Races. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Linnea Laverty of Waltham, Mass., topped the women’s field in the 30-mile race at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail races, winning in 4:43:02. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Dylan Schultze of Goffstown, N.H., on his way to a sub-4-hour finish and overall win in the 30-mile race at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Races. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Karen Thibodeau of Whitinsville, Mass., was feeling good on her way to a 30-mile finish at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Race. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Brian Butterworth of Southborough, Mass., raced to the top spot in the 45-mile race at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Races. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
David Sutherland of Coventry, Conn., on his way to a 45-mile finish at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Race. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Harsh Walia (left) and Ravi Pattabhi (right), both of Acton, Mass., shared three laps of the Ghost Train course together and finished their 45-mile race side-by-side. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Abby McKie of Boxford, Mass., cruises through her second of three loops of the Ghost Train course for a 45-mile finish on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Brian Duffey of South Hadley, Mass., glides down the trail on his way to a 45-mile finish at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Race. It was Duffey’s fourth time racing Ghost Train and second time running the 45-miler. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Jennifer Kenty of Medford, Mass., earned the overall win in the 100-mile race at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Races in a speedy 17:41:05. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Victor Pereira of Foxboro, Mass., on his way to a 100-mile finish at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Race. Photo by Chris Wristen.
A pack of runners stick together during the early miles of the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Races. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.
Nick Geron of Boston, Mass., is surrounded by a whirlwind of blowing leaves during his 60-mile run at the 2021 Ghost Train Rail Trail Race. Photo by Chris Wristen/MassUltra.

Trail Animals’ TARCkey Trot Set for Nov. 13 Return

Since its inaugural running in 2016, the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARCkey Trot 6-Hour Ultra has been a popular way for local trail- and ultrarunners to burn some pre-Thanksgiving calories. After four successful years, the 2020 edition was forced to be canceled due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘TARC is Back’: Trail Animals Return to Racing with Scorching Summer Classic

MEDFIELD, Mass. — After 18 months of semi-hibernation, the Trail Animals Running Club officially kicked off the rust, dusted off the aid station tables and trail markers, and got back to community racing with the return of the TARC Summer Classic on Saturday, Aug. 7, at Noon Hill Reservation.

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Photos: TARC Summer Classic

The 10th running of the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Summer Classic took place Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, Mass. Seventy-seven runners took part in the 40-mile and 50K ultramarathons. The following are a small sample of photos from the day. A full photo gallery of 128 photos can be viewed on the MassUltra Facebook page at this link.

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Results: TARC Summer Classic

Following a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the TARC Summer Classic returned for its 10th running on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021, at Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, Mass. Seventy-seven runners turned out to take on the 40-mile and 50K trail ultramarathon races, with 46 ultimately finishing their respective distances on a hot and humid day where the temperature soared to 90 degrees.

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‘Don’t Run Boston’ 50K is TARC’s First In-Person Event Since Pandemic Began

MILTON, Mass. — Twenty-five years ago, Howie Breinan dug his heel into the dirt path near Houghton’s Pond and drew a starting line for the “Don’t Run Boston” 50K at the Blue Hills Reservation. It was the first official race sponsored by the young Trail Animals Running Club, and one of the earliest trail ultramarathons to exist in Massachusetts.

A quarter century after that inaugural event, Breinan once again drew a starting line with his heel on Sunday, April 18, and welcomed runners to the 25th edition of the classic event at the Blue Hills.

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