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If Stage 3 is a test, Stage 5 is an exam. (Not the final exam; that is Sunday’s marathon.)

Today, ENDURrunners enjoyed five supremely challenging loops at the Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort. With gains of approximately 150m per 5.12km loop, today’s heat and humidity also amplified the difficulty of the various terrains including grass, singletrack, boardwalks, sand, cinder blocks, and gravel.

Thank you to everyone who followed along with our live results today. It’s the next-best thing to being out on the slopes 🙂

All of today’s results  |  Current cumulative results after Stage 3

Ultimate division: Robert Brouillette increased his overall lead today, although fell behind his 2015 championship pace by a total of 2:44. Second-place Vicki Zandbergen gained 2:27 to pull within an even 20:00 of leader Angela Batsford-Mermans.

Relay division: H+P #TeamGreg took the overall victory today on the strength of Eric Hunsberger’s effort. The overall leaders H+P Women’s A team now lead by a reduced 19:08 over H+P #TeamNick heading into the final two Stages.

Sport division: Welcome to the the four athletes in the Sport division, which started today. Ultimate veterans Holger Kleinke, Steve Stewart, Steve Mahood are joined by Joanne Boustead in the Stages 5, 6 and 7 competition. Holger took the win today.

Today, we said goodbye to Ken B. Anderson, who was unable to start today’s stage. At 73, Ken has withdrawn from his second attempt to become the oldest ENDURrunner, but he’s already signed up for 2017!

Photos: You won’t see these photos until at least next week, but until then, here’s a teaser album from Julie Schmidt. Check Flickr for albums from Stages 3 and 4 within the next few days.

Runners were also battling the prospect of a 10 KM Time Trial tomorrow morning. Start list will be posted Friday afternoon.