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  • Boston Marathon Application Lottery
    Boston Marathon Application Lottery
    Want to run Boston in April 2015 but don’t have a qualifying time? SMAC may be able to help !

    SMAC has traditionally been given a small number of Boston Marathon applications for non-qualifiers, to be distributed among interested club members via a random drawing.

    While we are not certain whether this practice will continue and whether SMAC will receive any applications this year, we plan to move forward under the assumption that we will, in order to allow sufficient time for interested SMAC members to submit their applications for the lottery.

    For more information about the lottery and in order to enter the lottery, click here

  • UMASS Research Study for Runners
    UMASS Research Study for Runners
    Participants Needed

    Runners: Would you like to participate in a research study?

    The UMass Biomechanics Lab is starting a study (funded by the American College of Sports Medicine) to examine the role that regular running plays in delaying the declines in mobility and joint function that are common in later life. We want to show that running is actually good for your knees and not the opposite that all of our non runner friends try and convince us of.

    We are recruiting runners aged 55-75 to participate. The study consists of two visits: one to the MRI facility in Amherst and one to the Umass Biomechanics Lab. Participants should have no contraindications for MRI, be in good general health, have no history of major reconstructive surgery and not currently have a running injury that causes pain while walking.

    If you are interested (or know someone who may be interested), please email or you may call 413-545-4421 and ask for Jocelyn.

  • Bernardston Kiwanis Falltown Classic 10K
    Bernardston Kiwanis Falltown Classic 10K
    Saturday 10/25/14 10:00am

    Start/Finish: Pratt Field, opposite Bernardston Police Dept.
    Entry Fee: $20.00
    Medals will be given to 1st-3rd place in each age division.
    Trophies to the Top Overall Male and Female runners.
    All registered runners will be eligible for a chance to win $50 (8 separate drawings)
    Registration: 8:00-9:30 am on RACE DAY
    This race is part of the SMAC race series for 2014.

    Download the registration/info form…

  • Second Annual Apple-a-Day 5K
    Second Annual Apple-a-Day 5K
    Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 5K Relay, 2 Mile Walk, and 1/4 Mile Kids Run

    Start/Finish at the Easthampton High School; 70 Williston Avenue
    Check race website for more details such as registration details, times, and course maps:

    Apple 5K LogoThe event is a family friendly - jogging strollers are welcome and there are discounted rates for families participating in all events. There is a 5K relay where 2-3 people can run consecutively. This is perfect for kids where the ¼ mile is too short, but the whole 5K is too long. The 1/4 Mile kids Run is free. The road course is a fairly flat tour of beautiful Nonotuck Park – where cars are not allowed on 80% of the course. This is also a great tune-up for the Hot Chocolate Run which is four weeks later.

    This event is a fundraiser for the three elementary schools in Easthampton. Specifically, funds raised will be used for technology upgrades in the classrooms such as iPads and Smartboards.

    Click here to register online…

  • 5K Turkey Run at GCC
    5K Turkey Run at GCC
    Saturday November 15th

    Whether you’re a competitive runner or out for a leisurely walk, you won’t want to miss the 1st Annual 5K Turkey Run at GCC to benefit the GCC Food Pantry! Net proceeds of our family-friendly 3.1 mile race route on the scenic grounds of Greenfield Community College and the Homestead Avenue neighborhood will be used in support of the on-campus food pantry to assist our students and their families address food security concerns as they struggle with not having enough money for food and living expenses.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014, 8am-12pm
    $25 entry fee ($30 after November 12)
    One College Drive, Greenfield MA
    Race-day registration from 8-8:45am
    5K race/walk begins at 9am

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • 5th Annual Gorge Apres Gorge 5k Trail Run
    5th Annual Gorge Apres Gorge 5k Trail Run
    At the Chesterfield Gorge on Sunday Nov. 30th at 9:30am

    The best little run in the Hilltowns. Handmade hats as prizes, lots of families, just plain awesome.
    Join us for the 5th annual Gorge apres Gorge 5k trail run . Prizes for overall and age group winners. Timed race with unique top finisher awards (knitted hats!). All finishers receive a cookie medal.
    TRAIL DESCRIPTION: A well-marked course, the dirt fireroad is a slightly hilly out and back along the Wild and Scenic Westfield River, starting at the Chesterfield Gorge. Hot chocolate, coffee, and tea ready and waiting at the finish line. Please bring some treats to share!
    PROCEEDS: The proceeds will go to the amazing Trustees of Reservation and the Zephyr Rapinchuk Memorial Fund. Come celebrate the love of life and running: seize the day!
    FREE FAMILY FUN WALK: No need to sign up for the FREE WALK. After the run, join us for the 11th annual FREE family fun walk/run at 11am. All are welcome. More hot chocolate, coffee, tea for all. Also, please bring a treat to share for this.


    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.