Rich Busa

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Richard Busa
Born (1929-10-30) October 30, 1929 (age 87)
Nationality American
Occupation Retired
Known for running, Busa Bushwhack

Richard Busa (born October 30, 1929) is an amateur runner from Marlborough, Massachusetts who has run in over 70 marathons and 61 ultra marathons. He ran the Vermont 100, which is 100 miles nonstop, at age 72, becoming the oldest person to complete the race.[1]


Busa attended Boston University.[2] He was 53 years of age when he ran his first marathon. He also dropped out of his first race in 1948.[1] Busa pitched for a Minor League Baseball team in Texas in 1950, then served in the U.S. Army for three years during the Korean War; for his service he was decorated with the Silver Star.[3]

In addition to marathons, Busa has raced in over 60 snowshoe races. He is a local celebrity in Massachusetts. A 10- or 5.3-mile race named after him, the Busa Bushwhack Trail Race,[4] has been held annually at Callahan State Park in Framingham since 2003.


  1. ^ a b Wolfe, Andrew. "78-year-old has completed many races and is still going", Nashua Telegraph, 27 October 2007.
  2. ^ Rich Busa's personal records, Greater Framingham Running Club website. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  3. ^ Buday, Catherine. "Long running: Race will honor Rich Busa, 80", GateHouse News Service, 29 October 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  4. ^ Busa Bushwhack information, Greater Framingham Running Club website. Retrieved 17 January 2012.