What to do this weekend: 7/12/13

The Hardrock 100

A runner on the course of the Hardrock 100. Photo by Ray Dileo.

With monsoon season apparently coming to a close and a number of big races coming up over the next several weeks—including the Vermont 100, the Bear Brook Marathon, the Great Cranberry Island 50k, the Wakely Dam Ultra, and the mountain running championships at Cranmore—this weekend might be a good time to get outside for a big adventure that doesn’t involve a timing chip. But if you can’t go an entire weekend without a race, here are a few ideas, plus a few things to read for your down time.

Where to race


Sixth Annual Run for the Hills 5k and 10k, South Hamilton, Mass.
Part of the North Shore Trail Series
Distances: 5k and 10k
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes

Run with the Beavers Trail Race, Chepachet, R.I.
Distances: 5 miles or 10 miles
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes


Bradbury Scuffle, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal, Maine
Distance: 6 miles
Note: This race is sold out, but there are spots available in the other races that are part of the Bradbury Mountain Trail Running Series coming up over the next couple of months. Check them out here.

Broken Boulder Dash, Merrimack, N.H.
Distance: 6k
Start time: 10:00
Race-day registration: yes

What to read

→Runners have already started the long trek that makes up the Hardrock 100. Live coverage is available here. But unlike Western States, this race just takes too long to follow straight through. So put the computer down and step away from the Twitter feed (at least for a little while).

Photo from the Transvulcania Ultramarathon

Photo by Christoph Malin.

→In May, the Transvulcania Ultramarathon brought many of the world’s biggest ultrarunning stars to the island of La Palma. But photographer Christoph Malin was interested in a different kind of star. While runners made their way across the island, Malin looked to the skies to capture some incredible time-lapse photos, including the one at right of runners’ headlamps along a twisting trail. Read more about Malin and see more of his photos at Runtramp.com.

→In the next leg of their running journey, this British couple will face “meter-deep mud, near 100 percent humidity, and daily tropical downpours.” Sounds a bit like northern New England this summer, but they’re actually trekking through the Amazon. Read more here.

→The Runner’s Trip reports on a few days running in one of our favorite places, Acadia National Park.

→How will your feet feel after a run in $10 shoes?

→Finally, if you have any interest at all in the Tour de France, and you happen to find yourself with an hour or so to spare, spend at least some of it reading this incredible article in the French sports publication L’Equipe about cycling time trialists. Runners like to debate which shoes are best, but any edge gained by wearing one shoe or another is tiny compared to the technological arms race engaged in by top cyclists.


  1. Kathryn Wynes says

    the $10 shoes article is really interesting and supports (no pun intended) my husband’s experience related to the effects of a particular foot exercise he’s been doing.