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.
Continue reading Mt. Toby Ultra Returns with Record-Setting Performances
Following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mt. Toby Ultra 50K and 24K trail races returned for their second running on Saturday, April 9, in Sunderland, Mass.
Continue reading Results: Mt. Toby Ultra 50K and 24K
A month ago, Jennifer Kenty put on an impressive display of speed when she dominated the Ghost Train Rail Trail Race 100-miler, winning the race outright by 2 ½ hours and clocking the third-fastest women’s time in course history. Four weeks later, Kenty once again turned heads – though this time it was for her patient endurance as she outdueled the rest of the field at the Race for DFL.
Continue reading Kenty Goes from First at Ghost Train to DFL Champion
After a one-year hiatus, Race Director Amy Rusiecki revived the Race for DFL last-person-standing event at a new location at Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass. Runners tackled a 4.1667-mile loop, with a new race starting on the hour, every hour, until one runner remained.
Continue reading Results: Race for DFL
Last-person-standing format events have taken the ultrarunning world by storm in recent years, thanks in large part to the success of the original event of that format, Big Dog’s Backyard Ultra in Tennessee. In 2019, Massachusetts made its first foray into last-person-standing racing when Race Director Amy Rusiecki created the Race for DFL.
Continue reading After 1-Year Hiatus, Race for DFL to Return in November
WEST CHESTERFIELD, Mass. — Amy Rusiecki knew the soundtrack to the Chesterfield Gorge Ultra would be the sound of water. Rusiecki, the race director and a resident of nearby South Deerfield, runs regularly at the Trustees of Reservations’ Chesterfield Gorge Reservation, so she’s deeply familiar with the burbling of the Westfield River as it flows alongside the rock and dirt jeep road that serves as Rusiecki’s race course.
Continue reading Runners Crank Out the Miles, Turn Up the Fun as Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Returns
The third running of the Chesterfield Gorge Ultra 100-mile, 100K, 50-mile, 50K and 25K races took place July 10-11, 2021, at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass.
Continue reading Results: Chesterfield Gorge Ultra
The third running of the Chesterfield Gorge Ultra took place July 10-11, 2021, at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass. The following are a small sample of photos from the event. A full photo gallery can be viewed on the MassUltra FaceBook page at this link.
Continue reading Photos: Chesterfield Gorge Ultra
When Race Director Amy Rusiecki postponed the Chesterfield Gorge 30-Hour Ultra from May to November, the COVID-19 pandemic had a firm grip on the Northeast. At the time, cautious optimism existed that the region – and the United States as a whole – would do what was necessary to get the pandemic under control and allow some semblance of normalcy to return.
Continue reading After Postponement, Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Officially Canceled
After weeks of waiting for clarity on the impact of the global pandemic caused by the new coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, a decision was made today to postpone the Chesterfield Gorge Ultra and 25K. Continue reading Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Postponed Due to COVID-19