More than two decades ago, six college kids from the Boston area headed West to strike it big and, thanks to savvy planning and a string of daring escapades, returned home with a lucrative haul.
Their destination: Vegas. Their game: blackjack. Their prize: cold, hard cash. Their university: M.I.T.
Last winter, four college kids from a university a mile away hatched a new plan to head West in pursuit of a hefty reward. Their game was far different – no cards to count; the number 25 more important than 21. The prize they sought amounted to little more than a partial wardrobe upgrade and a lifetime of personal pride. Continue reading Buckle Up: Harvard Friends Strike Gold at Leadville
Eight from Massachusetts Overcome the Altitude at Leadville Trail 100
Eight Massachusetts residents were among the 340 runners to complete the Leadville Trail 100, also known as “the Race Across the Sky” for its high altitude. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Leadville, Waldo, Squamish, Hampshire, Anchor Down, and the Anchorage Run Fest
The latest addition to the Berkshire Ultra Running Community for Service’s race lineup made its debut Saturday, Aug. 20, with the inaugural running of the Jug End Loop Ultra 6-hour event at Jug End State Reservation in Egremont, Mass.
A total of 30 runners recorded miles, including 12 who ran beyond the marathon distance – whether by just a few strides or quite a few miles. Continue reading BURCS Plays Host to Inaugural Jug End Loop Ultra
The Rock Run has been a staple of Massachusetts ultrarunning since 1988.
The approximately 50-mile run/swim ultra around the island of Nantucket, Mass., will take a hiatus in 2016, however. According to the event’s website, “Race Director Jamie Ranney, suffered a leg injury” and is facing a lengthy recovery that has interfered with his ability to put on the event. Continue reading The Rock Run Canceled for 2016
Caron Makes Gritty 100-Mile Debut at Eastern States
Patrick Caron has been running ultramarathons for just shy of a year, and he has quickly made his presence felt on the trails of New England.
For his 100-mile debut, however, he traveled to the Rust Belt to take on the rugged trails of north-central Pennsylvania at Little Pine State Park in Waterville. Rather than choosing more friendly terrain for his first 100, Caron elected to tackle the Eastern States 100 on course that is equal parts gorgeous and grueling with its stunning scenery and 19,000-plus feet of vertical gain. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Eastern States, Fat Dog, Summer Beast, and Six Hours in Paradise
MEDFIELD, Mass. – A year after slogging through sauna-like conditions at the TARC Summer Classic, runners were the ones causing the heat at the sixth running of the event Saturday, Aug. 13, at Noon Hill Reservation.
Gone were the 91-degree temperature and thick humidity of 2015. In their place, temperatures in the 70s, a gentle breeze, and dry trails created ideal conditions for runners to scorch the smooth, winding dirt and pine needle-covered singletrack course. The runners obliged, with two defending their titles from a year ago and three smashing course records in the 50K and 40-mile races. Continue reading Bay Staters Bring the Heat: Records Fall at Summer Classic
TARC Summer Classic Results
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Noon Hill Reservation; Medfield, Mass. Continue reading TARC Summer Classic Results
Lenane Dominant in Ultra Debut at Moosalamoo
On a day that was dominated by the ladies, Megan Lenane proved to be untouchable during her ultramarathon debut on Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Moosalamoo 36-Mile Ultra in Goshen, Vt. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Moosalamoo, Steep Rock, and Rainbow Bridge
Greg Soutiea set a high standard for the Sweltering Summer 8-Hour Ultra during the 2015 running of the event when he logged an event-record 55.794 miles.
In 2016, he raised the bar even higher. Continue reading Soutiea Repeats as Sweltering Summer Champion
Pikes Peak Ultra 50-Mile
Teddy Nolan isn’t far removed from his days as a high school distance standout at North Attleboro High School, but the 19-year-old Massachusetts resident didn’t wait long to bump up his race distances from the 800 meters, mile, two-mile, or 5K. Continue reading MassUltra Roundup: Pikes Peak and the CandleLight Overnight Ultra