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Spring Classic Breaks with Tradition in Post-Pandemic Return

WESTON, Mass. – The last time the Trail Animals Running Club played host to the TARC Spring Classic, runners dodged or splashed through puddles and a volunteer dumped buckets of wood chips near the timing mats to try to keep them from becoming submerged.

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Results: TARC Spring Classic

Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trail Animals Running Club once again played host to the TARC Spring Classic 50K, marathon, half marathon and 10K trail races on Saturday, April 23, in the Jericho Woods of Weston, Mass. It was the 10th running of the event, and more than 200 runners took part in the various distances offered.

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MassUltra Roundup: Enchanted Forest and Lake Waramaug

The return of the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic meant more than 200 trail- and ultra-runners flocked to Weston, Mass., during the April 23-24 weekend to race, but several runners ventured to other places to race, too. That included two popular Connecticut races – the Enchanted Forest Ultra and the Jack Bristol Lake Waramaug Ultras. Those regional races highlight this edition of the roundup.

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Warm Weather, Dry Trails Greet Runners at 26th Edition of “Don’t Run Boston”

MILTON, Mass. – A grin stretched across Howie Breinan’s face as he stood alongside 16 other runners a few dozen yards from Houghton’s Pond. It was 6 a.m., on Saturday, April 16, and a thin coating of clouds dusted the sky at this twilight hour.

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Photos: 2022 TARC Spring Classic

The 10th running of the Trail Animals Running Club’s TARC Spring Classic took place on Saturday, April 23, 2022, in the Jericho Woods of Weston, Mass. This year’s event marked the return of the Spring Classic following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 200 runners took part in distances of 50K, marathon, half marathon and 10K. The following are a sample of photos taken at this year’s race. A full photo gallery by MassUltra Editor Chris Wristen can be found on Facebook at this link.

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Mt. Toby Ultra Returns with Record-Setting Performances

Just as race director Amy Rusiecki was starting to lay the foundation for the Beast Coast Trail Running Series in 2019 and early 2020, she encountered a massive route-blocking blowdown in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the better part of 18 months, Rusiecki was forced to cancel races, including the Mt. Toby Ultra 50K and 24K twice.

Normalcy gradually returned to the Beast Coast series in the latter half of 2021 as races returned. Finally, after two years of uncertainty, the 2022 series enjoyed an optimistic start with the return of the Mt. Toby races on Saturday, April 9, in Sunderland, Mass. More than 150 runners showed up to race the two distance offerings, tripling the turnout from the inaugural running in 2019.

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Results: Trail Animals “Don’t Run Boston” 50K and 50-Mile

The 26th edition of the Trail Animals Running Club’s original event, the Trail Animals “Don’t Run Boston” 50K, took place on Saturday, April 16, 2022, at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, Mass. In addition, the 13th edition of the DRB 50-miler took place. The day began with cloudy skies and 51-degree temperature for the 6 a.m. wave start, clouds and 58-degree temperature for the 8 a.m. start, and a high in the low 70s as the sun came out and heated up the afternoon.

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MassUltra Roundup: Sri Chinmoy 100K, Traprock, Orcas Island, Desert Rats, and the Rattler

In this week’s roundup we take a look back a few weeks to April 3 when Padraig Mullins of Norton, Mass., represented his local ultrarunning community and his native Ireland proudly with a personal-best day at the Sri Chinmoy 100K in the United Kingdom. Additionally, we highlight the always-tough Traprock 50K in Connecticut, ultrarunning debuts at the Orcas Island 50-miler in Washington and Desert Rats 50K in Colorado, as well as a local runner’s return to the Rattler Trail Race in Colorado Springs.

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MassUltra Roundup: Squatchapple, Zion, Eagleton Trail, Shore2Shore, Lake Sonoma, and Singletrack Maniac

April is off to a strong start for New England ultrarunners. The impressive month includes multiple victories and podium finishes for runners from the region during the April 8-10 weekend, as well as hard-earned finishes at some tough races around the country. Quincy resident Brain Malger and North Haven’s Jamie Miller made sure the men’s and women’s victories at the Squatchapple 50-miler in New Jersey were earned by runners from the region. Meanwhile, Lexington’s Seth Cutler put an exclamation point on his ultra debut with a runner-up finish at the Eagleton Trail Challenge in Pennsylvania. Additionally, several runners from the region took on various distances at the Zion Ultras, including Lakeville’s Shaun Daylor who pushed hard on the fully exposed course and raced to a seventh-place overall finish in the 100-miler. Those performances and more are highlighted in this edition of the roundup.

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Pandemic Provided Perfect Opportunity for Kimball to Craft New Trail-Running Guidebook

Ben Kimball has been a recognizable presence on the New England road-, trail- and ultrarunning scene for more than a decade as a photographer, capturing memories for runners at events ranging from local 5Ks, cross country races and track meets, to the gnarly trails of the Seven Sisters Trail Race and legendary events like the Vermont 100.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of many races throughout New England, Kimball’s photography workload diminished. Rather than panic, he pivoted and dedicated his time to a project years in the making: he wrote his second trail-running guidebook, “Trail Running Eastern Massachusetts.”

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