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  • Thursday Night Track Practice at Eaglebrook Academy
    Thursday Night Track Practice at Eaglebrook Academy
    Workouts begin May 8th - Thursday evenings @ 6:15 PM

    Become a better runner, one week at a time. Starting May 8th and continuing through October 16th, SMAC will be hosting speed workouts at 6:15 every Thursday on the Eaglebrook Academy track in Deerfield, MA. Whether you're trying to run your first 5k, your fastest 10k or qualifying for Boston, speed and interval work can help you become a faster, healthier and potentially happier runner. When you're finished suffering on the track, stick around for some twilight trails or meet up with your fellow runners at Mesa for beer and a burrito. See you at the track!

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

    Now in its 28th season, Sugarloaf's Tuesday evening races in Northampton begin on April 8th, at 6:30 p.m. The series continues every Tuesday through September 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 . . .

  • 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.

  • SMAC 5K Summit Run 2014
    SMAC 5K Summit Run 2014
    Sunday, September 21st, 2014 - 9:30AM

    Contact: Dave Martula:; 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.

    SMAC members: Increase your chances of getting an app for Boston next year by volunteering at this race.

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • Hospice Meadows Run 5K Road Race and 2M Walk
    Hospice Meadows Run 5K Road Race and 2M Walk
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 9:00 a.m.

    Where: Three County Fairgrounds, 54 Fair St., Northampton
    Times: Registration 8 am
    5K Run 9 am
    2 Mile Walk 9:10 am
    Entry Fees:
    $25 online | $30 by mail | $75 family of 3 or more (Registration fees are non-refundable) Course:
    Flat, fast, out-and-back in picturesque Northampton Meadows.Register online at Download registration form at For more information, email

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

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  • Covered Bridge Classic
    Covered Bridge Classic
    Sunday, October 5th, 2014

    A Scenic 10 Kilometer Race and Children's 1.2 Mile Race
    Conway, Massachusetts
    10:00 am Registration closes at 9:40 am
    A Scenic 10 Kilometer Race and Children's 1.2 Mile Race
    Entry Fee: $15.00 preregistration; $ 20.00 day of race
    Merchandise prizes in 8 divisions
    Entry Fee: $5.00
    Medals for all finishers!
    Gifts for first 50 entrants
    All proceeds benefit the Festival of the Hills Scholarship Fund for graduating high school seniors This year's race will be run along one of Conway's most scenic roads -- Roaring Brook Road. Registration and Start will be up Roaring Brook Road, just past festival parking in the first field on the left.

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • BHN “Better Health Now!” 5K Run/2M Walk
    BHN “Better Health Now!” 5K Run/2M Walk
    Sunday October 12, 2014

    START/FINISH: Forest Park (the street area behind Walker Grandstand (baseball stadium) and the shuffleboard courts in Forest Park), SPRINGFIELD, MA
    Runners and Walkers start at 10 AM Registration opens 8:30 AM
    PARKING: $3 for in-state license plates, $5 for out of state license plates
    $25 online pre-registration until 10/8/14
    First 100 registrants receive a T-shirt!
    $30 in person event day registration
    $10 employees; $5 for kids (ages 4-12); Free for babies (0-3 yrs)

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • 6th Annual 5K for Farmland (5K road race and 2 Mile walk)
    6th Annual 5K for Farmland (5K road race and 2 Mile walk)
    Sunday, Oct 19, 2014

    Event: 6th Annual 5K for Farmland (5K road race and 2 Mile walk)
    Date: Sunday, Oct 19, 2014
    Time: 11AM
    Event type: road race
    Location: Hadley, MA
    Event Description:
    Flat and Fast, chip-timed 5K road race and 2 mile walk through scenic preserved farmland of the Great Meadow. Starts and finishes on the historic West Street Common in Hadley. Limited edition 5K for Farmland pint glasses to first 300 pre-registered. Great post-race party on the Common with Farmers Market Festival, locally grown food and beer, live music and conservation activities. $22 pre-reg
    $24 race day
    $44 family (2 adults and 2 children under 18)

    Proceeds benefit the Kestrel Trust.

    Click here to register online…

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  • 8th Annual Jail Break 5K Race/Walk
    8th Annual Jail Break 5K Race/Walk
    October 19, 2014 10:00 AM - Franklin County Sheriff's Office, 160 Elm Street Greenfield MA

    The Franklin County Sheriff's Office invites you to the 8th Annual Jail Break 5K to benefit our neighbors in need through Community Action's Family Support Programs. Whether you're a competitive runner hoping to "catch a crook" or a Community Action supporter out for a leisurely Sunday stroll, you won't want to "bail" on this year's Jail Break 5K!
    Lock up your registration:
    Early Jail Bird's Rate $20 ($25 day of race registration). You can register on-line at and take advantage of our early bird registration of $20.
    Rewards include: Ageless Athlete Award, Junior Deputy Award, Spirited Squadron Award, as well as age group and gender awards.

    Click here to register online…

  • 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…


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.