• The New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    The New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    September/October 2018 Issue


    Check out the latest issue of SMAC's full-color newsletter, The Sugarloaf Sun. This fifth issue of 2018 is full of the usual great race stories, articles, profiles, information, and artwork by our terrific and talented club members. Please click here to read it in PDF format. Thanks to all who contributed!



    You can also read earlier issues on the Sun archive page here (and you can also access the Sun archive page via the little text hyperlink down in the lower right corner of this page). We would really love to have submissions from YOU for future issues; the rough deadline for the upcoming November 1, 2018 issue is October 26, though of course earlier is always better (to allow the editor time to do... well, whatever it is he does).

  • SMAC Race Series 2018
    SMAC Race Series 2018
    15 great races – 1 great race series!

    - - Ron Hebert Road Race 
    - - Rabbit Run
    - - JCC Father’s Day 10K
    - - Lake Wyola Road Race
    - - Summit Run 5K
    - - Montague Mug Race
    - - Don Maynard Race
    - - Covered Bridge Classic
    - - Chase’n a Mason 5K
    - - Dan Barry Memorial Road Race
    - - Monson Memorial Classic
    - - plus others

    2018 marks the 9th year of the SMAC 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's 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.

    New this year!you can enter for a chance to win “Race for Free in 2018” – where the winner has all their entry fees reimbursed for the entire Series!

    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 2018 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.

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

    Download the registration/info form…

  • WMDP/Hampshire College Open Cross Country Meet
    WMDP/Hampshire College Open Cross Country Meet
    Sunday, September 29, 2018, Women at 10, Men at 11

    Come race on a slightly updated 6K course at Hampshire College! The course is still primarily trail, in fields and woods, with only a few road crossings. This will be the second race of the 2018 USATF-NE XC Grand Prix Series, and also serve as a course preview for the Yankee Small College Conference Championship later in October, and so we look forward to hosting many collegiate teams, USATF teams and all other runners; all ages and abilities are welcome! USATF membership is required only for series scoring.
    Online registration is available here: https://www.runreg.com/wmdpxc Day of registration will be available for $30; online registration ($20) closes Friday, Sept 28 at 5PM. USATF members are strongly encouraged to register online to ensure accuracy of results.

    Click here to register online…

  • Cutchins’ Superhero Run
    Cutchins’ Superhero Run
    October 7th, 2018 10K/5K Run & 5K Walk

    This lOK/SK run and walk will support the work o fCutchins Programs for Children and Families, a nonprofit organization providing services for those who experience mental illness and trauma. There are many ways to participate - register to run or walk in the event, become an event sponsor, or make a tax­ deductible donation!

    Professional timing, awards, live music, water and snacks will be available! Bathrooms on site & free parking adjacent to the event location
    Location: 78 Pomeroy Terrace Northampton MA

    For more information or to register go to: https://www.runreg.com/8136 Contact: tchampagne@cutchins.org

    Click here to register online…

  • ABC Fall Foliage Walk and 5K Run
    ABC Fall Foliage Walk and 5K Run
    Saturday, October 20, 2018 - Town Common - Amherst, MA

    Please join us for the 47th Annual Fall Foliage Walk/Run on October 20th, 2018! It’s a beautiful 5K walk/run in downtown Amherst, through the Amherst College campus, and along forested trails in a local bird sanctuary.

    Proceeds will benefit A Better Chance Amherst which provides living and school expenses for the ABC scholars: young men of color identified by the national ABC program for their leadership potential. They board at the ABC House on North Prospect Street in Amherst while they attend Amherst Regional High School.

    The Fall Foliage Walk/Run is ABC's biggest fundraiser of the year!

    Create your own fundraising page, whether or not you participate on Oct. 20th. Register by using the "Fundraising ONLY" category. It's free to register as a fundraiser.

    Learn more about ABC at www.amherstabetterchance.org.

    Fall Foliage Walk/Run Schedule of Events

    9 am: "Day of" registration for 5K walk/run begins
    10:30am: 5K run begins, walkers follow shortly after
    11:00am–2pm: Entertainment, food, and other activities

    Prizes (announced at 12:30pm)
    fastest male and female runners in each age group (0-12yrs, 13-19yrs, 20-29yrs, 30-39yrs, 40-49yrs, 50-59yrs, 60-69, 70+)
    youngest runner and oldest runner
    fastest team
    Individual who raises the most funds
    team who raises the most funds

    Click here to register online…

    View more information…

  • 2nd Bear Hole 10K Run for the Trails
    2nd Bear Hole 10K Run for the Trails
    Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10:00AM

    Registration in advance or 9:00-9:45 on race day 11/3.
    Prizes: $50 prize M/F for course records set. (Current bests: M-Gareth Buckley, 45:44 and F-Beth Krasemann, 52:37). Other prizes in categories M/F: Overall, Over 39 and Over 59 based upon entries.

    Checks payable & mail entries to: West Springfield Environmental Committee, Inc., PO Box 388, West Springfield, MA 01090. All net proceeds go towards the development & maintenance of the Bear Hole Watershed trail system and the fifth grader field trips to Bear Hole Reservoir. (SEEC - the Student Environmental Education Classroom)

    The course follow a rambling mix of mostly single track, dirt roads and a small portion of semi-paved road winding through the 1,400 acre Bear Hole Watershed with some technical and challenging terrain and elevations (570 net feet).
    Directions: Head north on Rogers Avenue off Route 20 in West Springfield and proceed straight to the end of Bear Hole Road to the parking lot. Course map and more information at www.wsenvironmentalcommittee.org.
    Questions? RD Al Cabot at 413-262-8124, or email at abcabot@cs.com.

 

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.