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MassUltra Roundup: Twisted Branch, UTMB, the Rut, and Lake Sonoma

This week’s roundup is a bit of a catch-all, between out-of-state races during the Sept. 5-6 weekend, the late posting of August results from Twisted Branch, and the massive pile of results to sift through from the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. We’ve tracked them down, though, and have them included in this week’s roundup.

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Chorney, Popham, Mankekar Lead All Runners at Sweltering Summer

Two weeks after a few-dozen members reunited for their first in-person racing in nearly two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) played host to an even larger gathering of ultrarunners with the eighth annual Sweltering Summer 8-Hour Ultra and 5K on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Clapp Park in Pittsfield, Mass.

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MassUltra Roundup: Waldo, Bigfoot 200, Mountain Lakes Backyard, Post Canyon, and Leadville

As the summer ultramarathon racing season nears its final weeks, New England runners traveled from coast to coast to take part in a mix of new events and long-time classics. From top-25 finishes at the high-altitude Leadville Trail 100 in Colorado, to the Bigfoot 200 in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, to the Mountain Lakes Backyard Ultra in nearby New York, and more, there’s plenty to read in this week’s roundup. Additionally, several local runners also raced the Twisted Branch 100K in New York, though results from that race aren’t yet available. 

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MassUltra Roundup: Eastern States, Anchor Down, and Lover’s Lane

The Eastern States 100 and Anchor Down Ultra were just two of the hundreds of ultramarathons nationwide that were forced to cancel in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only to make strong returns in 2021. Both events welcomed back runners – including several New England residents – during the Aug. 13-14 weekend, and both saw runners from the region bring home impressive victories. Those races, as well as the 6-Hours on Lover’s Lane Ultra in Vermont, are featured in this week’s roundup.

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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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MassUltra Roundup: Ragged 75 and Silverton Ultra Dirty

With the return on in-person racing for the Trail Animals Running Club on Saturday, Aug. 7, the majority of Massachusetts ultrarunners who raced during the Aug. 6-8 weekend did so at the TARC Summer Classic. Several others headed north to New Hampshire, though, and joined a mix of New England and national runners to take part in the solo 50K or the three-day stage race at the Ragged 75. Additionally, a few more New Englanders headed West to Colorado for some high-altitude racing at the Silverton Ultra Dirty endurance races. The Summer Classic will be covered in a separate story, but the Ragged 75 and Silverton races are featured in this week’s roundup.

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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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BURCS Reunite at Jug End for First In-Person Ultra Since 2019

When the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service brought to a close its Free to Run Trail Races in September, 2019, the BURCS leadership assumed they’d be unpacking the supplies again the following spring – as usual – for the new season of racing. Little did they know, the pop-up tents, trail markings, aid station tables and more would remain in storage until summer 2021.

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