Organized by SIX03 Endurance and race director Tom Hooper, the Ragged 50K is back to host the USATF 50 km Trail Championship on August 8th after the events cancellation in 2020. Starting in Sunapee, New Hampshire and ending at Ragged Mountain Resort, this unique point to point race last hosted the championship in 2018 when David Sinclair (Truckee, CA) and Katie Enman (Huntington, VT) were crowned national champions. The 2018 Ragged 50K was not only a successful national championship but also a selection race for the U.S. Trail Team which went on to compete in the 2019 Trail World Championships in Portugal.
Located 100 miles North of Boston, the starting town of Lake Sunapee is encircled by rough, technical trails crossing Mount Sunapee (2743′), Mount Keasarge (2936′) and Ragged Mountain (2296′). Upon this rugged backdrop, the 33 mile point-to-point championship course has 6300′ of vertical gain & loss en-route to the finish at Ragged Mountain.
The third of eight races in USA Track & Field’s 2021 mountain, ultra and trail running national championship series, the Ragged 50K has $5500 in prize money with $1500 of that designated for members of the USATF New England Association. National championship awards will also be presented to the top 10 overall men/women and to the top 3 in each masters (over 40) 5 year age group.
Over 180 runners from 15 U.S. states are currently registered for the 50K race including a number of elite trail runners. Here’s a look at some of the favorites:
Kasie Enman (Huntington, VT) 41 years old. Enman is the 2011 World Mountain Running Champion and a member of several U.S. teams at the Trail World Championships, World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships and World Mountain Running Championships. She also been a top finisher at global recognized events like the Broken Arrow Skyrace, Pike Peak Marathon, Run the Rut, MSIG Sai Kung 50K and Matterhorn Ultraks.
Kimber Mattox (Bend, OR) 32 year old. Mattox has represented the U.S. at the 2015 and 2019 World Mountain Running Championships, won the 2015 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship and was the 2015 USATF Half Marathon Trail Champion. She’s also won the Way Too Cool 50K, Smith Rock Ascent and the Broken/Vista Half Marathon.
Caitlin Patterson (Craftsbury Common, VT) 31 years old. Patterson represented the U.S. at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in cross country skiing. She helped the U.S. women’s team to a gold medal at the 2017 World Mountain Running Championships. Patterson finished 2nd at the 2019 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships and was a top 5 finisher at the 2018 Broken Arrow Skyrace 26K, 2017 USATF Mountain Running Championships and 2016 Crow Pass Crossing.
Abby Levene (Boulder, CO) 30 years old. Levene is an accomplished triathlete & trail runner. She won the 2019 Divide 100K, Mt Hood 25K, Quad Rock 25 Mile and has been a top 5 finisher at the Moab Red Hot Ultra, Way Too Cool 50K and North Face 50 Mile Endurance Challenge in San Francisco.
Tessa Chesser (Mammoth Lakes, CA) 34 years old. Chesser has won a number of high profile national trail races including the Damn Good Run 26K, San Tan Scramble 26K and Tushars Mountain Run. She also finished 3rd at the 2019 Run Rabbit Run, 2nd at the 2020 Javelina Jundred Jackass 31K and 4th at the Black Canyons Ultra 60K.
Peyton Thomas (Hampstead, NC) 25 year old. A graduate of Baylor University, Thomas is a U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier and winner of the 2021 Eastern Divide 50K and 2020 Stump Jump 50K.
Jordan Chester (Grand Rapids, MI) 28 year old. Chester is a U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier and finished 4th at the 2019 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships.
David Sinclair (Truckee, CA) 29 year old. Sinclair is the 2018 USATF 50K Trail Champion having won the last Ragged 50K to host this championship. He represented the U.S. at the 2018 World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships in Poland and the 2019 World Mountain Running Championships in Argentina. Sinclair has also won well known trail races including the Flagstaff Sky Peaks, Imogene Pass Run, Speedgoat 28K, Kismet Cliff Run, Summit Assault Stratton, Run the Rut 28K and 2021 FOURmidable 50K.
Ben Robinson (Tunkhannock, PA) 27 years old. Robinson is a two time member of US Skyrunning Team and was the top U.S. finisher at the recent Skyrunning World Championship 42K race in Vall de Boí, Spain.
Canyon Woodward (Franklin, NC) 28 years old. Woodward has been on a roll in the past 18 months winning the Cruel Jewel 100 Mile, Assault on Blackrock and Tsali Frosty Foot 50K.
Zack Beavin (Lexington, KY) 27 years old. Beavin set the 4th best U.S. mark for 50 miles on his way to winning the 2020 Tunnel Hill 50 Mile in Vienna, Illinois. He is also a U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon qualifier with a 2:18 Marathon PR. Beavin recently won the Strolling Jim 40 Mile and is a three time winner of Kentucky’s Rough Trail 50K.
Eric LiPuma (Richmond, VT) 28 years old. LiPuma won the 2018 USATF 50K Championship in Lloyd Harbor, NY and past member of the U.S. 50 Kilometer National Team. He also won a number of trail races including the Catamount Ultra 50K, Moosalamoo Ultra and Colorado’s NORAD Trail Race.
Nick Aguila (Manchester, NH) 31 years old. Aquila has been the top New Hampshire finisher at the Mount Washington Road Race and finisher at the 2019 USATF Half Marathon Trail Championships and 2017 USATF Mountain Running Championships.
Aaron Saft (Mills River, NC) 43 years old. Saft won the masters championship at the 2018 Ragged 50K. An experienced trail runner, Saft has UltraSignup results stretching back almost 15 years and has been a regular finisher at USATF national championships in mountain and trail running. Among his wins are the Uwharrie 100K, Quest for the Crest 50K and Headwaters 30K. Saft is also a finisher of the 2019 Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in France.
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Image top of page: 2018 Ragged 50K – Photo by ATRA Event Standards partner Joe Viger Photography.