It was a sad week for many in the Northeast trail running community, as Chad Denning—an ultra runner, adventure racer, race director, and all-around inspiration—passed away while running at Mount Moosilauke in northern New Hampshire. His death came as a shock to those who knew him, as Chad exuded health and was known for his efforts to get others outside enjoying life. Perhaps the best way to remember Chad this weekend is to do what he might have done—get out on the trails and have some fun.
What to do
Hurricane Hill Trail Race, Hartford, Vt.
Distances: 5k and 10k
Start time: 9:00
Race-day registration: yes
Note: This race, which is part of the Western N.H. Trail Running Series, will help raise money for a fund created for the family of Chad Denning. See the race series website for more details on the fund.
Squam Ridge Trail Race, Holderness, N.H.
Distances: 4 miles and 12 miles
Start time: 9:00 (12-mile race); 9:20 (4-mile race)
Race-day registration: yes, but the race is limited to 200 people
What to read
Trail Runner magazine has a story on the passing of Chad Denning. “He was a giant in the endurance-racing community here in New England. His passing leaves an incredible void,” race director Chris Dunn told Trail Runner. “He challenged all of us to be more, to do more and to love more than we thought we were capable.” Read more from Trail Runner.
Read one of our favorite articles from the Far North archives: a recap of the day that Chad Denning and his family ran the Cape Cod Marathon as a relay team.
Last Sunday, Ben Nephew and Ryan Welts set an FKT on the Mahoosuc Traverse, breaking a record that stood for a half-century. Nephew reports on the run.
On Level Renner, Dave Dunham mentions a few athletes with New England ties who traveled to Austria recently for the Masters Mountain Running Championships.
A few similarities between running a 100-mile race and giving birth.
Ultrarunning takes an incredible commitment in time and energy. How long can a person sustain that commitment?