Category Archives: Beast Coast Trail Series

Burke Overcomes Frigid Temps, 72 Other Runners to be DFL Champion

WINCHENDON, Mass. – Two times Brian Burke tried his luck at Bubba’s Backyard Ultra, a last-person-standing event in New Hampshire. Twice he finished second to a master of the format, Ed Clifford, the event’s four-time champion and a winner of at least a half-dozen backyard ultras in his career.

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Photos: Race for DFL

Beast Coast Trail Running’s third edition of the “Race for DFL” Last Person Standing event took place Nov. 19-20, 2022, at a farm in Winchendon, Mass. Seventy-three runners took part in the event, which used a mixed-terrain 4.1666-mile loop course. A new race started on the hour, every hour, until only one runner remained. The race lasted for 30 hours, most of it in below-freezing temperatures. The following are a small sample of photos from the event by MassUltra Editor Chris Wristen. A full gallery can be found at this link.

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Results: Race for DFL

The third edition of Race Director Amy Rusiecki’s Race for DFL last-person-standing event took place Nov. 19-20, 2022, in Winchendon, Mass. Runners took on a 4.1666-mile loop course, starting a new loop on the hour, every hour, until one runner remained. Seventy-three runners took part in this year’s event, and two runners surpassed the 100-mile mark.

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Double the Fun: After Successful First Year, Runners Tackle Tough 50K at Mt. Tom

When Amy Rusiecki organized the inaugural Mt. Tom Trail Race 25K and team relay in 2021, the Beast Coast Trail Running race director crafted a course that lulled runners in with a smooth, speedy road section warm-up before smacking them with a strong dose of rugged New England singletrack – much of it hidden under a blanket of leaves. The result was some blood and brutality, outshined by a whole lot of fun.

So much fun was had that Rusiecki doubled down on the event for 2022 and added a 50K ultramarathon to the lineup.

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Photos: Mt. Tom Trail Race

Beast Coast Trail Running’s second annual Mt. Tom Trail Race also played host to its first ultramarathon offering in 2022. Race Director Amy Rusiecki’s event offered 50K, 25K and 25K relay options on the trails of Mt. Tom Reservation while starting and finishing at New City Brewery in Easthampton, Mass. All photos in this gallery are courtesy of Jonathan Loyche and represent a small sample of his images from the race. Click here to view a full gallery of his photos.

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Results: Mt. Tom Trail Race

Beast Coast Trail Running’s second annual Mt. Tom Trail Race also played host to its first ultramarathon offering in 2022. Race Director Amy Rusiecki’s event offered 50K, 25K and 25K relay options on the trails of Mt. Tom Reservation while starting and finishing at New City Brewery in Easthampton, Mass.

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Kindness, Shared Miles Make Kenty’s Latest Victory at Chesterfield Gorge Memorable

No matter where she runs these days, it seems Jennifer Kenty can’t be stopped. She has run 100 miles or more four times so far in 2021 and 2022, as well as a 50K race, and all five have ended in victories.

Still, there’s one place where the running is particularly special to Kenty: the Chesterfield Gorge in West Chesterfield, Mass.

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Results: Chesterfield Gorge Ultra

The fourth edition of the Chesterfield Gorge 30-Hour Ultra and 25K races took place June 4-5 at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass. Runners had 30 hours to complete ultra distances of 100 miles, 100K, 50 miles or 50K, or opt for a 25K race on Sunday on an out-and-back course through the gorge.

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Mt. Toby Ultra Returns with Record-Setting Performances

Just as race director Amy Rusiecki was starting to lay the foundation for the Beast Coast Trail Running Series in 2019 and early 2020, she encountered a massive route-blocking blowdown in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the better part of 18 months, Rusiecki was forced to cancel races, including the Mt. Toby Ultra 50K and 24K twice.

Normalcy gradually returned to the Beast Coast series in the latter half of 2021 as races returned. Finally, after two years of uncertainty, the 2022 series enjoyed an optimistic start with the return of the Mt. Toby races on Saturday, April 9, in Sunderland, Mass. More than 150 runners showed up to race the two distance offerings, tripling the turnout from the inaugural running in 2019.

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