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Trails Collective Weekly Rundown | August 13, 2021

Weekly Rundown

August 13th, 2021

In the Media

Scott Jurek headed South on the AT – at time of filming he’s closing in on New Hampshire

Jurek set off on Wednesday, August 4th at 7:30 am from the Northern Terminus supported by the men’s Southbound supported FKT holder, the Speedgoat himself, as well as his wife Jenny , their two kids, and Luis Escobar on the feet and lens. At the time of filming he was making his way through the Southwest portion of Maine and closing into New Hampshire. Just after he unfortunately had to throw in the towel on this round secondary to a quad strain. #BeastCoast strikes again.

Trail work in Buffalo

If you’re free this Saturday & can help out re-opening a long closed section of the Finger Lakes Trail located just north of Ellicottville, check out the event here for more details.

This is the same section I shared a post from the Foothills Trail Club on recently, but a “Roving Trail Crew” from the Finger Lakes Trail Conference will be in town to work on it, so it will actually happen this time.

Email events@fingerlakestrail.org with any questions.

UltraSignUp Hot-List

This week’s guest, Swammie Shuffle Co-RD JD Huller


Bold Coast Bash, canceled due to COVID in ’21 is back with registration both opened and nearly capped out already. The 10 and 20 milers are capped and only 8 spots remain as of Monday for the 30 miler. It’s a truly beautiful course along the rugged far northeastern Maine Coastline. Get on it while you can.


The Red Barn Challenge 6, 12 & 24 H, slated for October 1st in Lykens, PA are 99% full with only 1 spot remaining as of this past Monday. This event uses a flat grassy loop in repeat fashion for the timed duration. 


Iron Mountain 16, 30, 40 & 50 milers, slated for September 4th in Damascus, VA are on the warning track at 91% full with 33 spots available.

Registration Opening This Week

The Summit 50 / 50 in Salamanca, NY opens up on August 11th. This is one that wasn’t on my radar prior. Put on by Reluctant Runner Racing, it appears that it may be a first year event, slated for October 30th in Allegany State Park’s Red House Area. The races uses a 17.5 mile loop format, with each loop having 2,400’ gain and a mix of trail surfaces. https://www.reluctantrunnerracing.com/races-1



Amanda Hicks, 2h 5m for the 16.5 mile Cape Henlopen Trails Loop

New York

Michele Zandona, 34m 38 s for the 3.8 mile Beech Trail in Harriman State Park

DJ Fox, 12h 10m for the 31 mile Bob Marshall Traverse in the ADK’s, taking a solid 1H 24m off the prior men’s unsupported mark from October.

Results & Voices


Trail Animals Running Club, or TARC’s, Summer Classic 50k and 40M ran in the trails of the Noon Hill Reservation in Medfield, MA. It uses a 10 mile circuit of mostly variable singletrack, a solid wilderness feeling resource only 15 miles from Boston. Here to take us deeper into the Summer Classic is 40 mile finisher Brenda Fortin.

New Hampshire

Ragged 75 Stage Race and 50k: Ragged had another solid running with continued growth in field sizes. It’s a beautiful and tough New Hampshire course, and again played host to the USATF 50k Trail Championship designation. It sounds like the weather was solid, but got pretty toasty. In the 75 mile stage race Justin Neuman and Kate Kretschmer took the overall wins for men and women. For the 50k championship race David Sinclair emerged on top in 4:26, 9 minutes shy of his course record mark from 2018, but considerably quicker than his mark from 2019. For the women Kimber Mattox took the win in 5:19, 8 minutes shy of Kasie Enman’s course record time from 2018. Kasie was in the mix but after a missed turn mid-race ended up 4th. Check out the ATRA’s write-up of the event here.

And, here to take us into Ragged is third place woman on the day, Abby Levene of Boulder, CO, and second place male, Ben Robinson of Tunkannock, PA.


  • The Gremlin Gallop 5k ran in Chicora, PA. It’s an event that benefits the Karns City Cross Country program. Of 31 finishers Noah Collins of Butler took the win in 20:34 with top female spot going to Taylor Dailey in 26:20.
  • The RunPA Trail Jamboree which offered a kids event, 5k and 10k as well as 6, 12 and 24H Endurance runs went down at Camp Mack in Newmanstown, PA. Here to cue us in a bit further to the Trail Jamboree is PA’s speedy James Weaver. James has raced to podium finishes at a number of PA classics. Good to have his voice in the mix. Take it James.


The Dahlgren Heritage Rail Trail 50k, one of the events plugged in our article on Flat and Fast races in the Northeast, ran in King George, VA. Taking the win was Alexander Hetherington of Vienna, VA in 3:41, and for the women, Natalie Daniels, second place overall in 3:53, the second fastest time women’s time on the Dahlgren course history, and a pickup of 6 minutes from her run in 2020. We checked in with Natalie and stoked for her to follow up to cue is further to Dahlgren.   

Upcoming: This Weekend

This week’s guest to take the Upcoming Events, Conquer the World Endurance’s Steven Estremera

August 13th:

On the Bacon Trail – the Naylor Mill Trail 7k in Salisbury, MD. One that was lodged on my radar last year…you gotta choose between being on the Bacon, Scrapple, or Veggie teams, though it’s most likely that Bacon will get the win regardless. The crew advertises it as the toughest on the DelMarva, and as “hot, humid, and with trails that never seem to end”. And, with a ton of bacon for the eating and winning.

August 14th:

The Jarmans Invitational Marathon 30 miler in Crozet, VA. An amazingly wonderful event up and down Jarman’s to both crush and bring you into a pretty sweet trail community. And, if not already this month, you should take in this Crozet Running video from Jimmy and Denton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO8p6m0LLwI&t=138s

6 Hours on Lover’s Lane in Chester, VT, making use of a mixed trail 2 mile loop and an all-comers vibe.

Soupy 7 Hour Summer Self Supported Endurance Race making use of a 4.43 mostly singletrack loop in Williamsburg, VA

August 20th:

Mountain Lakes Backyard Ultra LPS event put on by the crew at Steep Endurance will be running in North Salem, NY. Mountain Lakes is a North American qualifying race for Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra. Looking like there’s 37 entrants in the mix at the moment.

August 21st:

Jenkins Mountain Scramble: Trail 10k and Half running at Paul Smiths College in the ADK’s of NY.

Coopers Rock 50 km and Half Marathon running in Bruceton Mills, WV

Cook Forest 25k Trail Challenge in Cooksburg, PA

August 22nd:

Sunny Hill Trail Race 5k and 10k in Bolivar, NY

August 28th:

Deerfly 5k / 10k in the Winona Forest of Mannsville, NY with a fast and mile 5k, and a pretty adventurous 10k with off-trail sections, steeps, and stream crossings.

Baker Trail Ultra Challenge 50 Miler in Smicksburg, PA

The Hyner Half in North Bend, PA

Backyard Squatch Ultra in Branchville, NJ

Mine Hill Half Marathon in Roxbury, CT

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