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  • Northampton 5K XC Race Series
    Northampton 5K XC Race Series
    Tuesday evenings through August 30th

    Please note: No races in September this year Now in its 30th anniversary season, Sugarloaf's Tuesday evening races in Northampton begin on April 5th, at 6:30 p.m. The series continues every Tuesday through August 30th. Entry costs $5.00 for runners 18 years old and up; runners under 18 enter for free. We provide water, juice, fruit and cookies, an accurately measured 5 km. course through beautiful fields and woods, cash prizes to the first four finishers, and race bucks worth a free entry to age group winners. The starting area is located just past the Northampton Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road, one mile from the center of town. We have averaged 79 finishers/race.

    For any further information, please call Don Grant, race director, at (413) 584-7725.
    Results can be viewed here . . .

  • The New Newsletter is Here!
    The New Newsletter is Here!
    March/April 2016 issue

    The (double-sized!) March/April issue of SMAC's newsletter The Sugarloaf Sun is now available. Please click here to read it in PDF format. Thanks to all who contributed!

    Sun_3-1-16_cover You can also check out older issues of The SUN here . . .    

  • SMAC Race Series 2016
    SMAC Race Series 2016
    15 great road races – 1 great race series !

    -- Ron Hebert Road Race
    -- Cave Hill Classic OR, if not held this year, Daffodil Run 5K
    -- Rabbit Run
    -- Lake Wyola Road Race
    -- JCC Father’s Day 10K
    -- Mug Race
    -- Don Maynard Race
    -- Summit Run 5K
    -- Covered Bridge Classic 10K
    -- Jail Break 5K
    -- Chase’N A Mason 5K
    -- Kiwanis Falltown Classic 10K
    -- Dan Barry Memorial Road Race
    -- Monson Half Marathon
    -- Clarkdale Cider Run 12K

    2016 marks the seventh year of the SMAC Road Race Series, coming back better than ever, with a new finale race!

    What is it ?  a sampling of 15 fun and challenging road races

    Where is it ?  across Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties, from Greenfield to Monson. Click here for a detailed list of races included in the series

    When is it ?  beginning in April and going through November

    Why ?  Some of us run for the sake of competition, others just to participate. Some of us enjoy the sportsmanship, some do it just for fun. This series has been put together with all of us in mind, in the hopes that all of us will have a reason to give it a try.

    And if that is not enough, how about this ?
    -- Awards will be given to all runners who complete at least 9 of the races in the series, with extra additional special awards for anyone who completes the entire series of 15 races.
    -- Awards for top scorers.
    -- All to be awarded at an end-of-series recognition ceremony.

    Click here for a complete list of race series rules and an explanation of how race series points are earned.

    Sound tempting?  Sign up now!
    If you are interested in participating in the 2016 SMAC Road Race Series, please either
    -- print and fill out the registration form and send it with your SMAC Road Race Series registration fee of $25 to the address at the bottom of the form, or
    -- register online at

    Your registration fee covers the costs of the end-of-series recognition ceremony, finisher t-shirts, and awards.

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • Sugarloaf Youth Track League Open Practices
    Sugarloaf Youth Track League Open Practices
    Amherst Regional High School May 1 & 8, 2016 2 to 4pm

    Come join our coaches for a free clinic. This dynamic workout will get you ready for spring youth track league. You will be guided through skills and drills to help measure your fitness. We promise to make it fun and appropriate to any young runner. Bring your training shoes and a water bottle. Not a member of SMAC? Join online at And remember to signup for youth league in Amherst or Northampton.

  • Sugarloaf Youth Track League
    Sugarloaf Youth Track League
    Sponsored by the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club

    We are offering two leagues again this year, Amherst and Northampton. Our popular programs will be for 5 nights of meets starting with team night on May 24. Each league has 4 to 6 teams and compete each every meet. At the end of the series, the highest scoring teams will receive medals and trophies. All participants receive medals. Our meets include running events: 800 meters, 200 or 100 meters and lots of relays. For field events we offer long jump, high jump, and turbo javelin. Parents are welcome to help out. There are plenty of ways to volunteer, so ask and we will give you a job each night. Many families make it an evening of fun together and bring along a picnic dinner or at Northampton, purchase food at the concession booth run by Northampton High School Track team.

    View more information…

  • Rafters College Towne Classik 5K and 5 Mile
    Rafters College Towne Classik 5K and 5 Mile
    SUNDAY MAY 15, 2016, 10:30 AM

    Rafters Sports Bar & Restaurant, University Dr., Amherst, MA

    5 Mile Run or 5 K (3.1 mile) Run or Walk

    23rd YEAR!!! Help us support our charitable causes, the Jimmy Fund and the Amherst Police Relief Association at this family friendly event. This 5 mile and 5K has a safe and fast course through downtown Amherst.
    ****Commemorative Tee to 1st 300 Entrants, Age Group Awards, Water Stops, Mile Markers, Professionally Timed****
    Post Race Barbecue: Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Dogs, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Bagels, Cookies

    ENTRY FEE: $25 or $30 RACE DAY.

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • Longmeadow Boys Lacrosse 5-K Road Race, Walk, & Youth Fun Run
    Longmeadow Boys Lacrosse 5-K Road Race, Walk, & Youth Fun Run
    Sunday May 15, 2016

    Enjoy a nice flat course through the suburban streets of Longmeadow for a 5K Race, Walk, or Youth Fun Run around the school. A second year event as a fundraiser for the Garret Gagne Memorial Scholarship and the Longmeadow Boys Lacrosse Association. Our first year was a huge success with 347 entrants. Tech Dry Tee shirts to all entrants, post race food, and raffle prizes from our sponsors. 5K Race Cash Awards for overall and age groups. Medal Awards for 18 and under.""

    Download the registration/info form…

  • New Salem’s 13th Annual Rabbit Run
    New Salem’s 13th Annual Rabbit Run
    May 21, 2016 10A.M. New Salem, MA

    Come enjoy a challenging 10k through the beautiful woods of New Salem. The race is mostly trail right next to Quabbin Reservoir.  Lots of hills, lovely scenery, terrific people, and fun prizes!  Proceeds benefit the New Salem public playground. When: May 21, 2016, 10:00 a.m.
    Where: New Salem Common (15 South Main St., New Salem, MA)
    Fees: $15 before May 1st, $20 May 2 through race day

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • The Wild Goose Chase 5K, Family Fun Runs and Kids’ Carnival to Benefit Whole Children
    The Wild Goose Chase 5K, Family Fun Runs and Kids’ Carnival to Benefit Whole Children
    Sunday, May 22, 2016 10:00 AM at Look Park

    The Wild Goose Chase is an inclusive, family event for all ages, and a fundraiser for Whole Children in Hadley. Whole Children offers programs and classes for children with a range of abilities and we strive to meet each child at their skill level in the most appropriate environment for that child.

    valentine-hearts Running events include an age-graded start 5K, a 1 mile run/walk, and kids races including a 26.2 meter race for kids under 3! Carnival activities will include a golden egg hunt, a Wild Goose in costume, face painting, games, food vendors, and special performances. All registered participants receive a Bueno Y Sano gift certificate, a horse-drawn wagon ride, chair massage, and raffle entry for more than 25 gift certificates.

    Register online at , and help support Whole Children! Fundraising is encouraged!

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • Strawberry Fest 5K
    Strawberry Fest 5K
    June 18, 2016 - Benefitting Hatfield Elementary School

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 8:30 am (rain or shine)
    Straw Runner Registration opens at 7:00am

    Lion's Pavilion, Billings Way
    33 Main St
    Hatfield, MA 01038


    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…


Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club, Inc., based in Western Massachusetts, serves Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties. We are happy to post information about events held within these three counties. Note that there is a $15 fee for listing of your race.
Contact David Martula to inquire about having your race posted on the SMAC site.

Note: We feel a professionally-maintained website is the best way to communicate efficiently and effectively with the local running community. We provide this specific service as part of our mission to support area running. Doing so, however, comes at a cost to the Club. As a result, we decided to charge a fee to partially offset this cost. We hope you will understand our position. If you would like to speak with someone about this policy, please contact: David Martula.