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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. It is an accurately measured 5 km cross-country course through beautiful fields and woods, with 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 . . .

  • Wednesday Night Track Workouts
    Wednesday Night Track Workouts
    Deerfield Academy Track : 6 to 7 PM

    Back by Popular Demand: SMAC Track Workouts Begin June 1

    Once again this summer SMAC will be sponsoring Wednesday night adult track workouts at Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield, MA. Workouts run from June 1 through August 31. The workouts start promptly at 6:00 p.m., so please arrive around 5:40 p.m. to warm up and stretch. Workouts are over by 7:00 p.m.

    Whether you are fast or slow, it doesn’t matter. Just show up with a willingness to work hard and have fun, and you will see improvement. The focus of the workouts is on good running form and mental strength. There are usually two or three levels of workouts, so that no-one gets left behind. Our runners range from true beginners who have never done track work before, to nationally ranked age-group competitors. The content of the workouts are typically emailed out ahead of time to anyone who asks to be on the email list.

    Contact Barry Auskern for more info: auskernlaw@comcast.net

  • 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 https://www.runreg.com/6211.

    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…

  • It’s New SMAC Newsletter Time!
    It’s New SMAC Newsletter Time!
    May/June 2016 Issue


    Check out the latest giant-sized issue of SMAC's full-color newsletter, The Sugarloaf Sun. Once again, it's chock-a-block 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!

    cover of the May/June issue of The Sugarloaf Sun

    You can also read earlier issues on the Sun archive page here (you can also access it 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 July 1 issue is June 16th.

  • SMAC Team Racing
    SMAC Team Racing

    To promote team spirit and identity, SMAC will sponsor runners to compete as part of the SMAC Team in three races in 2016:

    Lake Wyola Race (Sunday, June 12, 2016) – this race is a member favorite and is part of the SMAC Series.

    Bridge of Flowers 10K (Saturday, August 13, 2016) – Last year our team won $1,425 for the club!

    Monson Half Marathon (November) – Team scored! Date TBD

    SMAC will reimburse you for half of your entry fee if you register as a SMAC will reimburse you for half of your entry fee if you register as a SMAC member AND wear your SMAC gear in the race. You must have paid your annual dues to be eligible.

    Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Register for any of the team races as a SMAC member

    2. Wear your SMAC gear during the race. Be ready for a team photo before the start!

    3. After each race send an email message to Tom Raffensperger at traffens@gmail.com indicating which race you ran and your mailing address. Please use the subject “SMAC Team” in your message.

    4. That’s it! You will receive a check for half of the entry fee. To simplify bookkeeping, all checks will be mailed after the end of the season’s team racing (after the Monson Half).

  • SMAC Monday Night Social Run for beginners
    SMAC Monday Night Social Run for beginners
    35-minute (approx 3 mile) social run starting at 6:30 pm

    New on Mondays! A 35-minute (approx 3 mile) social run starting at 6:30 pm from the intersection (Amherst side) of the Norwottuck Rail Trail and South Maple Street, near the Hampshire Mall in Hadley (where parking is available). This run on an almost flat scenic section of the bike path towards Amherst is aimed at beginning runners -- the run leader will go at the pace of the slowest runner. Faster runners may run ahead and loop back. Everyone's encouraged to wear bright colors, so as to be visible to other users of the trail. If you're unsure of the distance or the pace, please do come along and try it out; don't be shy!

  • 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…

  • SMAC 5K Summit Run 2016
    SMAC 5K Summit Run 2016
    Sunday, September 25th, 2016 - 9:30AM

    Contact: Dave Martula: davidmartula@gmail.com; 413-586-8002

    It's our mini version of the Mt. Washington Road Race, in your own back yard ! The 5K Summit Run starts on Rt 47 just south of Mitch's Marina in Hadley. The first 1.25 miles are relatively flat, and then the course heads up the paved road to the summit of Mt. Holyoke via a series of switchbacks, for a total climb of 800 feet that ends in scenic views in all directions.

    Download the race application here . . . .

 

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.