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
The inaugural Running Below the Noise 12-Hour and 6-Hour Ultramarathons have been canceled as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States. Continue reading Running Below the Noise Ultras Canceled Due to COVID-19
PELHAM, Mass. – About a dozen runners – some with weary legs, others still surprisingly fresh – lingered by their aid supplies just a few feet from the starting line. They had three more minutes before it was time to go again. Continue reading DFL Means WIN for Anthony at Last Person Standing Race
The inaugural Race for DFL, a last person standing event from race director Amy Rusiecki, took place Oct. 12-13 on the singletrack trails of Pelham, Mass. Runners took on a 4.16-mile loop and had one hour to complete the loop and return to the starting line to go again. The loop was repeated on the hour, every hour, until one last runner remained. In addition to the last person standing race, runners had the option to run one loop of the course while hopping in at the hour of their choosing. Continue reading Results: Race for DFL
The inaugural Race for DFL last person standing event took place Oct. 12-13 at a farm in Pelham, Mass. Runners took on a 4.25-mile loop course that was almost entirely singletrack trails in the woods. They had one hour to complete the loop and be back at the starting line to begin the next, with a new race beginning on the hour, every hour, until only one runner remained. A full photo gallery from this event can be found on the MassUltra Facebook page at this link. The following are just a few photos from that gallery. All photos in this gallery are by Chris Wristen/MassUltra. Continue reading Photos: Race for DFL
Since its inaugural running with less than two-dozen participants seven years ago, the Big Backyard Ultra in Bell Buckle, Tenn. – a quirky last person standing race – has grown into an event that attracts some of the best ultrarunners on the planet.
It has also sparked something of a revolution in the sport as new races adopting the same format have popped up across the country in recent years, attempting to recreate some of the magic of the original event that was the brainchild of the man behind the Barkley Marathons, Gary Cantrell, also known as Lazarus Lake.
Now, one of those races is coming to Massachusetts. Continue reading New Last Person Standing Ultra Slated for October