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Hampshire 100 returns Sunday

Bike, running race event comes to Greenfield to test locals’ speed and endurance

  • The 7th annual Hampshire 100 was held in Greenfield and surrounding towns on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The 7th annual Hampshire 100 was held in Greenfield and surrounding towns on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)
  • The 7th annual Hampshire 100 was held in Greenfield and surrounding towns on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013.<br/>(Staff photo by Tim Goodwin)

Athletes of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in the eighth annual Hampshire 100 Sports Weeekend beginning Saturday.

The weekend of fun and competition is held at Oak Park and features seven events for athletes to choose from. On Saturday, a 5K trail run, cyclocross training race, kid’s bike race, and mountain bike short track race are scheduled. Sunday features a 100-mile mountain bike race, 100K endurance mountain bike race, and a 100K trail run.

“This is the first year for the kid’s race. It’s free and open to all ages,” said race director Randi Whitney during an interview Wednesday. “We want kids to get outside on their bikes, enjoy, and be healthy,” said Whitney.

This year there will be ten bikers trying to achieve “hardcore status,” by finishing their fifth consecutive 100-mile mountain bike race. Aside from these ten competitors, there are other professional bikers, including David “Tinker” Juarez, according to Whitney.

“Tinker will be racing the Mt. Washington Hill Climb on Saturday and then the Hampshire 100 on Sunday, he’s a legend,” said Whitney, who acknowledged some changes have been made to the courses. “Every year their are new twists. This year, we have incorporated Wilson Hill in Deering,” said Whitney.

Both the male and female winners of the 100K trail run will return for the second running of the race. Last year, Tristan Williams crossed the line more than an hour and a half clear of the field, while Kristin Folcik was the first female finisher.

“I just want people to go out and enjoy an adventure. There are not many courses like this one, with one large loop. People don’t know what to expect out there — it’s a real adventure,” said Whitney.

The Hampshire 100 is hosted by the Eastern Fat Tire Association and brings more than 500 endurance racers from across the United States compete at different levels of competition. Participants will bike or run through the diverse terrain in the towns surrounding Greenfield. The bike races are part of the national Pro Ultra Endurance Tour and are dual-sanctioned by the Eastern Fat Tire Association and USA Cycling.

“The point of the event is to encourage a healthy lifestyle, while showcasing the ability of the human body,” said Whitney.

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