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
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
The second annual Chesterfield Gorge Ultra and 25K took place on June 1-2 at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass. Continue reading Results: 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
The inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra and 25K took place June 2-3 at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation. Thanks to Greg Soutiea, William Hafferty, and Jane Valenti for sharing photos with us. Continue reading Photos: Chesterfield Gorge Ultra
The inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra 30-Hour Race took place June 2-3 at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in West Chesterfield, Mass. Runners competed on an out-and-back course with the target of running 50K, 50 miles, 100K or 100 miles. In addition, a 25K race was offered on June 3. Continue reading Results: Chesterfield Gorge Ultra
For ultrarunners seeking a 100-mile race in Massachusetts, 2017 was a lonely season.
The Bay State was home to a triple-digit solo distance run from 2013-2016 with the TARC 100, but the Trail Animals Running Club mothballed the event after struggling to attract sufficient interest. It seemed runners’ intensified focus on select races that serve as lottery qualifiers for some of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious 100s, combined with a surge of new 100-mile offerings nationwide, diluted interest in the event.
The website run100s.com maintains a listing of the 100-milers in North America. Currently, it lists 159 100-milers. Not included on that list is a new Massachusetts 100-miler that will make its debut in 2018 and has quietly garnered attention through social media. The inaugural Chesterfield Gorge Ultra will take place June 2-3 at the Chesterfield Gorge Reservation in Chesterfield, Mass. Continue reading New 100-Mile Race Coming to Western Mass