It was with heavy hearts that the Trail Animals Running Club announced in August 2016 that it would be discontinuing the organization’s namesake event, the TARC 100, following a four-year run.
The event underwent a variety of changes, including venue relocation and a move from June to October, but it struggled to gain traction at a time where runners were presented with new 100-mile races all over the country – in particular during the race-heavy summer and fall months. On top of that, the Trail Animals had taken over the Ghost Train Trail Races – an annual 30-hour event in October – meaning the club had to organize major volunteer efforts just a few weeks apart. It was a daunting task, and after four years of hard work, creative problem-solving, and occasional frustration, the club decided to take a step back. The TARC 100 was mothballed after the 2016 race with organizers noting that “we realized that having two 100 milers for the club is too much right now.”
The term “mothballed” was carefully chosen because it indicated that the race wasn’t necessarily gone for good, rather it was being set aside for a time. Josh Katzman, one of the TARC 100 organizers, noted at the time that the race might return in a different form in the future. He was hopeful that it would, but he made no promises.
It turned out Katzman wasn’t the only hopeful person. Longtime TARC volunteers and runners Surjeet Paintal and Carolyn Shreck were hopeful, too, and it was their hope and optimism that ultimately led to the race being reincarnated for 2019 in the form of the TARCtic Frozen Yeti Trail Races. The event will use a 30-hour timed format and take place starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass. Continue reading Frozen Yeti to Bring TARC 100 Out of Hibernation as 30-Hour Ultra
For New England ultrarunners, the Ghost Train Trail Races have long served as a source of wonder about the human potential for speed and endurance. Continue reading Jinks Hauntingly Fast for 100 Miles at Ghost Train
The 10th annual Ghost Train Trail Races and eighth annual 30-hour event took place Oct. 20-21, 2018, in Brookline, N.H. Runners took part in 30-hour and 15-mile events at the Trail Animals Running Club event. Seventy-six runners completed 100 miles within the time limit. Continue reading Results: Ghost Train Trail Races
All eyes were on Patrick Caron when the 50-mile runners stepped to the starting line of the TARC Fall Classic on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Great Brook Farm State Park in Carlisle, Mass. The attention was understandable, and well-earned. Caron made his ultramarathon debut on this course in 2015 when, at age 18, he raced to a second-place finish. That year it took a course record by Billy Preston (7:52:53) to keep Caron from victory. Caron has returned each year since then, and each time he has bettered Preston’s mark with a new course record. Continue reading Lenane, Caron Crush Course Records at Fall Classic
The eighth annual TARC Fall Classic took place Saturday, Sept. 29, in Carlisle, Mass. Runners took part in 50-mile and 50K ultramarathons as well as half-marathon and 10K races. Continue reading Results: TARC Fall 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
The eighth annual TARC Summer Classic took place Saturday, Aug. 11, at Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, Mass. Runners took part in 40-mile and 50K ultramarathons. Continue reading Results: TARC Summer Classic