Category Archives: Chesterfield Gorge

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

Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Enjoys Surge in Popularity in Year Two

When Amy Rusiecki launched the inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra and 25K in 2018, the veteran race director expected to start small and enjoy some gradual, organic growth as the years went by.

Maybe it was convenient scheduling, good timing or simply the allure of a new place to run, but year two of the event – which took place June 1-2 at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass. – saw the organic part of its growth doused with a full package of Miracle-Gro, so to speak. A field of 77 runners completed either 100 miles, 100K, 50 miles, 50K or 25K at the 2018 race. In 2019, the number who tackled those distances doubled to 144. Continue reading Chesterfield Gorge Ultra Enjoys Surge in Popularity in Year Two

Photos: Chesterfield Gorge Ultra

The second annual Chesterfield Gorge Ultra took place June 1-2 in West Chesterfield, Mass., and the race is already earning a reputation for both good running and great scenery. Runners and their supporters shared photos from this year’s race, capturing the faces and the scenery of the event. Continue reading Photos: Chesterfield Gorge Ultra

Trio of Women Earn Victories at Inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra

From the support of friends and runners to the establishment of new traditions and the creation of a race of her very own, there was plenty about the inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra that excited race director Amy Rusiecki. That said, her enthusiasm also extended to the overall results – in particular, she was pumped about the performance of the women. Continue reading Trio of Women Earn Victories at Inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra