Although there are only a few trail races in the area this weekend, it’s still a busy time in the trail and ultra world. Locally, the TARC Fells Trail Ultra Winter is on Saturday. Nationally, this weekend’s North Face Endurance Challenge in San Francisco features an unusually strong field.
Over the past year, Larisa Dannis has won the Vermont 100 and the Stone Cat 50-miler. But over the next year, this self-proclaimed “mountain girl at heart” will be taking on a whole new type of challenge. She’ll be trying to qualify for the Olympic marathon trials, while still running a challenging ultramarathon schedule. And she’ll be chronicling her effort for Far North.
Already this fall, Aliza Lapierre has broken two course records in the Northeast—at the Vermont 50 in September and the Stone Cat Trail Marathon in November. Next weekend, she’ll test herself out west at The North Face Endurance Challenge.
You may already have a lot on your plate this weekend (get it?), but if you need further suggestions, there are turkey trots in seemingly every town in the Northeast, including a few held on trails. There’s also an unusual opportunity to learn a new sport: Craftsbury Outdoor Center is offering an introduction to biathlon on Saturday.
This Friday, while most of us are recovering from our Thanksgiving indulgence, Molly Housman will board a plane bound for Costa Rica, where she’ll compete in the Adventure Racing World Championship. Before leaving, Housman took time out from training to talk about how to get started in adventure racing for someone with little or no experience.
On this, the weekend before Thanksgiving, there aren’t too many trail races on the calendar. Maybe everyone is saving their legs for a turkey trot. But there are some options, including a half marathon in southern New Hampshire and a six-hour fun run/food drive in Portland. And, as always, a few select readings.
On January 1, 2013, I started my AT adventure by running 7.25 miles over ice and snow from Three Mile Road in Etna to the Hanover Coop. But the Hanover Coop isn’t quite the state line. And since I’d pushed myself hard a few weeks ago to make it all the way to Maine rather than stopping about a mile short on Mount Success, I couldn’t really do anything less on the southern end. It was time to finish what I’d started.
The first time someone told me that you can see the Boston skyline from the summit of Mount Monadnock, I wasn’t sure whether to believe it. Was it true, or was this supposed to be a joke? I responded with a noncommittal grunt that conveyed, I hoped, that if it was a joke, I wasn’t fooled, and if it was true, I already knew anyway.
The crowd at the finish line of the 2013 Cape Cod Marathon cheered especially hard when Ruby Denning ran by. After all, it’s not every day that you see a seven-year-old at the finish line of a marathon. Of course, she did have some help from her family.
There are a few trail races scheduled for this weekend, including what looks to be a great eight-miler in Rhode Island. But maybe this late fall weekend would also be a good time to explore some new terrain, such as the trails at the Rockefeller-Billings-Marsh National Historic Site. A few races and some weekend reading are listed below, including an ode to late fall in New England.
It was Sunday. The first day of standard time. But my husband and I had decided not to change our clocks. We needed to be up early, and while I was okay with the clock saying 5 a.m. when the alarm went off, I was not excited for it to say 4 a.m. So, we decided to save our extra hour of sleep for the next night, when we’d really need it.
After a really busy couple of months, there’s a lull in the trail running calendar this weekend. One of the races that can be found is the Busa Bushwhack Trail Race, held every year in honor of trail running legend Richard Busa. Registration is full, but for some inspiration, check out a 2009 article about Busa, and then check out a list of some of Busa’s running accomplishments on the Greater Framingham Track Club website. A few more races, and more reading, are listed below.
I made it to Maine! That sentence only gets one exclamation point because I’m still missing a middle section. But making it to Maine was not easy. In fact, it took me two trips to complete the miles north of Gorham.
In 2012, Sébastien Roulier finished the Stone Cat Trail Races 50-miler in the third-fastest time ever. Unfortunately for him, the two fastest times came on the same day. This year, Roulier returned to Stone Cat, and he planned to run even faster.
It may feel more like spring than fall at this weekend’s Stone Cat Trail Races, but that probably won’t deter the fast field signed up for the race. Both Stone Cat and the Mendon Trail Run 50k, near Rochester, New York, are full. Here are a few other possibilities for the weekend, including a chance to win a free season pass to a ski area.
In 1974, when Gordy Ainsleigh became the first person to run alongside the horses at the Western States 100, he didn’t have to worry about qualifying for the race, about sitting at his computer to sign up in time, or about having his name drawn in a lottery. All he had to worry about was whether he’d survive running 100 miles along ridgelines and through hot, dusty canyons.