Category Archives: Beast Coast Trail Series

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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Kenty Goes from First at Ghost Train to DFL Champion

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.

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After 1-Year Hiatus, Race for DFL to Return in November

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.

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Runners Crank Out the Miles, Turn Up the Fun as Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Returns

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.

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Photos: 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.

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After Postponement, Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Officially Canceled

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.

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Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Postponed Due to COVID-19

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