There’s a lot going on in the Northeast this weekend, including the first-ever Eastern States 100 deep in the Pennsylvania woods, the TARC Summer Classic in Massachusetts, and the Hampshire 100.
On Saturday, Both Brian Rusiecki and Kathleen Cusick earned their second win at the Vermont 100.
The Vermont 100 always makes for a huge weekend in the Northeast’s trail running community, and this year it’s only one of several big races.
Husband-and-wife duo Jon and Astrid Hoyt are running the Vermont 100 for the first time. They talk about how they prepared and what they’re excited about as the day approaches.
By the time the credits rolled at the end of the new documentary 100: Head/Heart/Feet, about an attempt by runner Zak Wieluns to complete the 2013 Vermont 100, I was exhausted and exhilarated.
Time to get out your red carpet finest for the premier of 100 Head/Heart/Feet, the feature-length documentary that follows Zak Wieluns in his quest to complete the Vermont 100.
In June, Vermonter Bob Ayers traveled across the country to run the Western States 100. Over the following two-and-a-half months, he followed up Western States with the Vermont 100, the Leadville 100, and the Wasatch 100, becoming the first Vermonter to complete the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. We talked to Ayers about the experience.
Where to race and what to read this weekend.
There are still a few trail races with spots open this weekend. Plus, lots of stuff to read, including recaps of recent races and a very good reason to dream big.
Over the past several months, any runner looking for a tough but exciting race for this weekend had their pick of poison, as four events will highlight a large section of the trail and ultra spectrum. Plus, what to read, including several reports from Vermont 100 participants.
The runners get the glory, and rightfully so, but at the Vermont 100 there were many more volunteers and crew members than there were racers. From family members who got up before dawn to volunteers who stayed up late at the finish line, they all played a part in getting runners safely (and hopefully happily) through the race. Here are a few photos of runners and those who supported them along the way.
For Nick Clark, Ian Sharman, and about two dozen other runners, the Vermont 100 finish line marked the halfway point of the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning. After the race, Clark and Sharman talked about the course and about their competition against the Grand Slam record and each other.
The warmth and humidity did not make for ideal conditions at this year’s Vermont 100, but the race saw some extraordinary performances. After a fast start to the men’s race, some early leaders tailed off or dropped out. The women’s race was dominated by the final top three, but the exact order was up in the air for many hours. And in the 100k, the course record-holder returned to take on the competition and his best time.
The Vermont 100 gets started at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, and Sunday will see the USA Mountain Running Championships at the Cranmore Hill Climb. Here are a few more things going on, plus some weekend reading.
Over the past year, Amy Rusiecki won the Vermont 50 and the Bear Mountain 50k, finished second in the 50-miler at Pineland Farms, and finished third at the Cayuga Trails 50. In early July, she traveled to Wales to run for the U.S. team at the World Trail Running Championships. And one year ago, she finished second at the Vermont 100. On Saturday, she’ll return to the starting line of the Vermont 100.