The TARC 100 has experienced plenty of evolution during its four years of existence, from venue changes, to season changes, to weather changes, to additional distances offered and number of participants involved.
Through it all, two things have remained constant: As Massachusetts’ only 100-mile race, that distance has been offered; and runners have been treated to a hearty dose of hospitality that the Trail Animals take pride in providing.
Both will be on full display again this weekend, Oct. 8-9, at Hale Reservation in Westwood, Mass., at the fourth and final TARC 100 before the event goes on indefinite hiatus. The 100-mile race begins at 6 a.m. Saturday, followed by the 100K at 10 a.m., 50-miler at 2 p.m., and the marathon at 6 a.m. Sunday. Continue reading Trail Animals Aim to Give TARC 100 a Feel-Good Farewell
Key words and phrases stuck in William Jackson’s mind as he read the description, so much so that he read and reread it for days on end.
Advanced degree endurance race.
Climbs and descents at 30-45% grades.
This is one of the most technical 100 milers in North America.
Yes, Jackson was intrigued by the Mogollon Monster 100. The 34-year-old resident of Salem, Mass., is no stranger to long-distance races – his 100-mile credits include Pine to Palm, Tahoe Rim Trail, the Bear, TARC and Ghost Train – but the description he kept reading sounded like a beast unlike anything he’d encountered before.
He’d found his next challenge. Continue reading For Jackson, Mogollon Monster a ‘Special Challenge’
Forgotten Forest Ultra
John Brown had one heck of a final tune-up for the Ghost Train 100-miler, which is less than three weeks away. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Forgotten Forest, Hennepin Hundred, and TNFEC-Utah
Wetzel Finishes Sub-24 at Mountain Lakes 100
Fast times were aplenty at the third running of the Mountain Lakes 100, and Lori Wetzel was right in the middle of it. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Mountain Lakes, The Bear, Around the World, Stagecoach, Bear Chase, and Not Yo Momma’s
From 2007-2013, Brian Rusiecki was a major presence at the Vermont 50 as he rattled off seven straight top-10 finishes in the 50-mile race including championships in 2009, 2010, and 2012. After a two-year absence, he returned to the race Sunday, Sept. 25, in Brownsville, Vt., and found himself back in familiar territory battling at the front of the pack. Continue reading Massachusetts Residents Rusiecki, Princic Victorious in Vermont
A day of tough running on technical trails awaited runners as they gathered at the starting line Saturday morning, Sept. 17, at Pittsfield State Forest in Pittsfield, Mass., for the second annual Free to Run Trail Races.
The event, which was organized by the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS), included a 50-mile ultra, as well as a trail marathon and half marathon. Trail and ultrarunning opportunities are abundant throughout Massachusetts and greater New England, as many of the event’s participants know and appreciate. On this day, however, they were running to help provide similar opportunities for women and girls in other parts of the world where chances to run, hike, and explore the outdoors are limited or nonexistent. Continue reading Powerful Messages, Strong Performances Highlight the Free To Run Trail Races
Massachusetts ultrarunners were all over the map last weekend, from the Southwest, to the Northeast, and America’s heartland. They even ran right here at home – although that will be covered in a separate article. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Mogollon Monster, Run Rabbit Run, Barkley Fall Classic, Pisgah, Boulder Field, TNFEC, and Coastal