Richard Busa, 80-Year-Old Inspiration

Richard Busa has been an inspiration to many on the New England Grand Tree Trail Running circuit. Beyond the trail running community, he has made his mark running on the roads, in ultras, and on the mountain running circuit. Yesterday, he achieved a new milestone by becoming the first 80-year-old to finish the NipMuck Trail Marathon. When we left the race (before the thunderstorm), we were worried about Richard, his pacer, Karen McWhirt, and the handful of other runners who were still on the course. However, they weren’t worried. When we saw Richard and Karen at the 12 mile mark, they said they were ready for any challenge.

Richard, with Karen’s support, finished the 26.4 mile trail race in 8:45:37. Run on Rich!

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1 Response to “Richard Busa, 80-Year-Old Inspiration”


  1. 1 Wendy Cashen Akeson 28 September 2011 at 9:57 am

    I love that you are writing about Rich! He has so many fans all over the place and it warms my heart to see him honored like this. Thank you 🙂


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