Massachusetts has long been the center of the American road-running universe, thanks in large part to the storied and hard-earned tradition of the Boston Marathon. The trail- and ultrarunning community will snag a piece of the national spotlight in 2017, however, when The North Face Endurance Challenge comes to Massachusetts. Continue reading ‘Shared Love’ of Outdoors, Mountains leads TNFEC to Massachusetts
Some things never change about the Cape Cod Ultrarunning Society’s annual Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass run.
Fred Murolo is always there – the 60-year-old from Cheshire, Conn., is the only person to finish the 50K all 11 years – and it’s always cold. The specificity of the “cold” sometimes varies. There may be rain, snow, and temperatures ranging from the frigid single digits to the more manageable 40s, but the wind along the Cape ensures it’s always bone-chilling cold. Continue reading Familiar Faces and Elements at Cape Cod Frozen Fat Ass
Harry Mattison earned a sub-24-hour 100-mile belt buckle at the Rocky Raccoon 100, Patrick Upchurch turned in a strong showing at the Uwharrie Mountain Run, and Vanessa Desota rocked the San Diego 50. Read all about it in this week’s roundup. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Rocky Raccoon 100, Uwharrie 40, and San Diego 50
Justin Fitzgerald used the 2016 Winter Beast of Burden 50-miler to jumpstart what proved to be a strong year of ultrarunning. The resident of Malden, Mass., completed at least eight ultras in 2016 – including the Ghost Train 100-miler in October in Brookline, N.H.
Fitzgerald is once again registered for the Ghost Train 100 in 2017, and he’s starting the new year in similar fashion. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Winter Beast of Burden
Two ultras in Texas are featured in this week’s roundup: the Big Bend Ultra and the Snowdrop 55-Hour Race. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Big Bend and Snowdrop
Ultramarathons are offered every month of the year in Massachusetts, and most of those events take place in the eastern part of the state. In the summertime, however, opportunities abound for runners to tackle ultras out west in the Berkshires thanks to the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service (BURCS) and its annual BURCS Badass Ultra Series.
Launched as a grassroots effort just a few short years ago, BURCS serves up a summer series that has grown to include five events with a variety of different distances, time limits and terrains.
“As each year goes by I continue to be surprised by the outpouring of support and the willingness of our runners to commit to multiple races throughout the summer,” said Benn Griffin, one of BURCS’ founders and a race director for multiple events. “I am anxiously looking forward to the fourth edition of the BURCS Badass Ultra Series this year and know it will be our biggest yet.” Continue reading Fourth Annual BURCS Race Series Offers Summer Ultras Out West
Andover residents Will Swenson and Joe Loureiro made Massachusetts’ presence felt at the USATF 100K Trail National Championship at Bandera, and Brittany Ames of West Bridgewater started her 100-miler in 2016 and finished it in 2017. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Bandera and Across the Years