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  • Boston Marathon Lottery Results!
    Boston Marathon Lottery Results!

    A drawing was held at last night’s (December 15th) SMAC Board meeting to determine the winners of the five Boston Marathon Invitational Entry Forms. The five winners are:

    Peter Kennedy
    Meg Baronas
    Peter Kakos
    Andrea Belanger and
    Ann Van Dyke
    The four following runners are on the waiting list in this order:
    --Janet Wirth-Cauchon
    --Terri Geffert
    --Francia Wisnewski
    --Anita Rao
      Congratulations to the winners! Entry applications will be mailed out next week to you.

  • Renew your membership now!
    Renew your membership now!

    Join now! It's just $15 for an individual membership and $20 for a family membership!

    What does SMAC do? As you can see, a LOT -- with many dedicated club members regularly leading activities and giving it their all:

    - The SMAC series, which promotes small, local races (thanks, John!)
    - Club races like the Amherst 10-Miler (thanks to Donna)
    - The Summit Run 5K (directed by Dave)
    - The Ron Hebert Road Race (yes, directed by Ron himself)
    - The Mount Toby Trail Race (saved by Patrick!)
    - Through indoor and outdoor track and cross-country clinics, Youth Track serves over 500 children each year (thanks, Sydney!)
    - Tuesday 5k races in Northampton in the summer (thanks, Don and Sue!)
    - Weekly summer track workouts in Deerfield (thanks, Barry)
    - Series Dinner and Annual Dinner Meeting
    - Social runs (thanks to CW and Laure!)
    - And don't forget the SMAC Sun newsletter (Yay, Ben!)

    SMAC also supports local races through gear, timing devices, and rustling up volunteers.

    Go to RunReg to join now!

  • Sugarloaf Winter Youth Track Practice Program
    Sugarloaf Winter Youth Track Practice Program
    10 week training program on Sunday Nights

    For ages 5-14. We promote athletic training for track and field and build stronger, more confident young athletes. This program will prepare your child for the next season of any sport and increase their performance. Co-ed groups are formed by age. Each evening we have 4 activities and aim to make training a fun experience. Running, jumping, and throwing will be covered in a variety of exercises.

    The program will run on Sunday evenings, 5pm - 7pm at Smith College ITT building on the following dates 2016-17:
    December 4, 11, 18

    January 8, 15, 22, 29
    February 5, 12, 19, 26

    Contact Sydney Henthorn, program director
    Register online at

    Click here to register online…

  • The All-New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    The All-New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    Jan./Feb. 2017 Issue

    Check out the latest oversized issue of SMAC's full-color newsletter, The Sugarloaf Sun. Covering races and events from late fall through to New Year's, it's full of great race stories, articles, profiles, information, and artwork by 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 March 1 issue is Sunday, Feb. 19, though of course earlier is always better (to allow the editor time to do... well, whatever it is he does).

  • Amherst 10-Miler: Return to a Classic New England Road Race
    Amherst 10-Miler: Return to a Classic New England Road Race
    February 26, 2017

    Looking for a Boston Marathon trainer? Want a fun and scenic run along country roads? Want to test yourself on a few good hills? Then this is your race!! The Amherst 10-Miler, now in its 43rd year, is a challenging road race along a mix of paved and dirt roads in a super-scenic part of Western Mass. But beware – the competition is often as steep as the hill at mile 3. It will be the first race in the 2017 New England Grand Prix Road Race Series, and we anticipate another exciting showdown among teams from across New England this year. Cash prizes will be offered for individual runners, including awards for first place male and female, age group awards, and awards to the male and/or female who can set a new course record (current course records are held by Bob Hodge at 48:57 and Nancy Conz at 57:05). In recognition of the talent right here in the Valley, cash prizes will also be awarded to the fastest male and female local runners.

    For those of you who have run the race over the past few years, you are in for a number of exciting changes this year, as we are going back in time and reinstating some of the elements that make the Amherst 10-Miler the classic New England Road Race that we have grown to love, while also adding in some new fun stuff!

    These changes include:
    -- bringing back the original course: The race will begin in front of Amherst Regional High School and finish in the parking lot of Wildwood Elementary School, with registration and post-race amenities halfway in between, at the Amherst Regional Middle School.
    -- providing a bag drop/gear car to bring your warm dry clothes to the finish line for the .3(-ish)-mile walk back to the post-race food at the Middle School (in addition to access to locker rooms and showers)
    -- adding cheering crews along the course and at the finish line
    -- providing long-sleeve cotton t-shirts to all registered runners (and volunteers!)
    -- adding in a Finisher’s award (a comfy winter hat) for all race finishers
    -- returning to hot post-race food, including pizza, chili, and other goodies
    -- rolling back the entry fee to what it was the last time we ran the original course: $35 through February 12, 2017, and $40 from February 13, 2017 through race day

    For all the details, visit the race website:

    Click here to register online…

    View more information…

  • Arena Attack Indoor Race Series
    Arena Attack Indoor Race Series
    Mullins Center in Amherst January 29th, 2017

    Imagine running in a proper distance race, in the middle of a typical New England winter, but you can dress like its September. Awesome, right? We thought so too… so we made it reality. Introducing the Arena Attack Indoor Race Series! Utilizing the wide concourses found in indoor arenas, we run distance races ranging from 5k to the marathon.

    Arena Attack Ranked World’s #10 Toughest Half Marathon by!

    Here are some of the things you can look forward to at your Arena Attack Race:
    -We control the climate, so we can make sure the conditions are optimal.
    -The course is perfectly flat, so no hills.
    -Absolutely spectator-friendly. You'll see your runner on every lap.
    -We digitally track your laps and project everyone's lap count clearly in your view.
    -On-course DJ keeps the runners and spectators entertained all day. -Custom & personalized bibs.
    -Locally machined finisher medals for everyone!

    The Arena Attack is a perfect test & tune opportunity before your spring races! Hope to see you on the starting line!

    Start Times:
    8:00: 5k (with 50-minute course time limit)
    9:00: Marathon (5-hour course limit) & Heat-1 of the half marathon (2:10-hour course limit)
    11:15: Heat-2 Half Marathon (2:45-hour course limit)

    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.