A Year on the Trails

It’s been close to a year since I decided to start a project about the Ultrarunning community here in New England.  Since March, my weekends have been packed full of interviews and races all over the state.  In June, I covered the TARC 100 mile endurance run.  It was a long 30+ hours to be holding a camera, and the amount of editing still left to do seems endless.  Fortunately, most of my photos are edited so I thought I’d share some of my favorites from that event in June.

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June 14, 2013 — Runners start uphill as the sun sets at the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts. Unlike most ultramarathons, this race started at 7pm, so all participants had to run through the night.

 

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June 15, 2013 — Runners slosh through a mud soaked trail at the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts. In the weeks leading up to the race rainstorms soaked the course leading to unfavorable trail conditions.  Mud was a major cause of DNF (“Did Not Finish”) among runners.

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June 14, 2013 — A runner takes a break at mile 25 of the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts. Many runners left supplies like a change of shoes and clothing at the 25 mile marker in the case of bad blisters or unpredictable weather changes.

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June 15, 2013 — Runners refuel at the 30 mile marker at the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts. Popular food items at this time of the night included boiled potatoes with salt and hot ramen noodles.

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June 15, 2013 — A runner takes a drink at an aid station near the halfway point of the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts.

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June 15, 2013 — A runner brushes his teeth at mile 75 of the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts. It is very uncommon for runners to sleep during these races so they must find ways to stay refreshed and alert along the way.

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June 15, 2013 — A runner at the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts trudges through the mud on his last lap of the 25 mile course.

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June 15, 2013 — Winner of the TARC 100 endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts, Patrick McGlade, 24, of Stafford, Virginia, removes his sneakers and checks for blisters after crossing the finish line covered in mud. McGlade won the event in 19:35:46.

 

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June 15, 2013 — Bob Crowley, ultrarunner co-race director for the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts leans forward and grips his knees after crossing the finish line in 22 hours, 31 minutes and 16 seconds.

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June 15, 2013 — A runner removes his mud covered bib number after finishing the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts.

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June 15, 2013 — A runner washes his feet in a bucket of water at the TARC 100 mile endurance run in Weston, Massachusetts.  Runners were met with cheers, high fives, and a bucket of water at the finish line.

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