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  • Northampton 5K XC Race Series
    Northampton 5K XC Race Series
    Tuesday evenings through August 29th

    Please note: No races in September

    Sugarloaf's Tuesday evening races in Northampton begin on April 4th, at 6:30 p.m. The series continues every Tuesday through August 29th. Entry costs $5.00 for runners 18 years old and up; runners under 18 enter for free. It is an accurately measured 5 km cross-country course through beautiful fields and woods. 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 in June

    SMAC will again be hosting weekly track workouts at Deerfield Academy on Wednesday evenings from June through August. The workouts begin with an easy warm-up run on the dirt road or out through the grassy athletic fields. There are three levels of workouts on any night, so you can pick the workout that best matches your fitness level. The workouts will increase gradually in duration and intensity. Some runners shy away from track work because they think the workouts will be too difficult, or that they will get injured by running fast. In fact you will become stronger and faster. All levels of runners are welcome. Just bring a positive attitude, a willingness to work hard, and a refusal to whine. You’ll fit right in. We have a great group of runners -- some who have been doing these workouts for years. On hot days there is the optional dip in the nearby Deerfield River , followed by post-race refreshments at Mesa Verde in Greenfield . If you have any questions, email Barry Auskern at

  • The New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    The New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    March/April 2017 Issue

    Check out the latest oversized issue of SMAC's full-color newsletter, The Sugarloaf Sun. Covering races and events from New Year's through late February, 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 May 1 issue is April 22, though of course earlier is always better (to allow the editor time to do... well, whatever it is he does).

  • SMAC Race Series 2017
    SMAC Race Series 2017
    15 great road races – 1 great race series !

       --Ron Hebert Race
       --Daffodil Run
       --Rabbit Run
       --JCC Father’s Day
       --Lake Wyola Race
       --Summit Run
       --Mug Race
       --Don Maynard Race
       --Covered Bridge Classic
       --Chase’N A Mason 5K
       --Clarkdale Cider
       --Dan Barry Memorial Road Race
       --Mt Toby Trail Run - plus others

    2017 marks the 8th 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.

    New this year!you can enter for a chance to win “Race for Free in 2017” – 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 2017 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

    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…

  • Race To End Child Abuse
    Race To End Child Abuse
    April 1, 2017 - Run/Walk Starts 9:00 am

    This 5k run and walk will support the Children’s Advocacy Center. No registration fee. Just come enjoy yourself with friends and family. The Children’s Advocacy Center staff will be present to conduct tours of our recently renovated facility, accept donations, and give you a tax-deductible receipt.

    There will be a timed finish - Bathrooms available
    Water and homemade cookies at the finish line

    Children’s Advocacy Center, 56 Wisdom Way, Greenfield, MA


  • Setting the Pace for Peace
    Setting the Pace for Peace
    5K Road Race & Family Fun Walk - Saturday April 8, 2017

    9:00 AM · Check-in: 8:00 AM
    Fleet Feet
    680 Bliss Road, Longmeadow

    First Male and Female Awards
    Kids Age Group Awards ·Refreshments
    Pro. Race Timing and Online Registration by ACCU-SPEC

    Pre-Register by March 20th for buff!

    Family Rate $50 for the entire family…includes 4 CISV BUFFS!! (MAIL ONLY)
    Individual $20 ($25 on race day) (on-line or mail)
    Student $15 (on-line or mail)
    Team $100 (includes 7 CISV BUFFS) up to 10 runners (MAIL ONLY)

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • 49th Annual Ron Hebert Road Race!
    49th Annual Ron Hebert Road Race!

    First race of the 2017 SMAC Race Series !!!
    Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

    Don't miss out on being part of a local tradition. Come run one of the oldest races in New England AND the first race of the 2017 SMAC race series!

    The Ron Hebert Road Race offers a challenging 8-mile route through scenic Florence and Haydenville, MA.

    Start and finish at the John F. Kennedy Middle School, 100 Bridge Rd, Florence.

    PRIZES for all Age Group winners – Running socks for all finishers. (Age Group Divisions: Under 15, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 +)

    Entry fee: $20 before April 2, 2017. $25 on April 3, 2017, through race day. RACE DAY registration IS available, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Click here to register online…

  • New Salem’s 14th Annual Rabbit Run
    New Salem’s 14th Annual Rabbit Run
    May 20, 2017 10A.M. New Salem, MA

    Come enjoy a challenging 10k through the beautiful woods of New Salem. The race is mostly trail right next to Quabbin Reservoir.  Lots of hills, lovely scenery, terrific people, and fun prizes!  Proceeds benefit the New Salem public playground.
    New this year: race marshals at every turn! Also, remember, 2017 registration fee is waived for anyone who got lost on the course last year. If you fall into this category, please contact Carla Halpern at (978) 490-6606 for a paper registration.
    When: May 20, 2017, 10:00 a.m.
    Where: New Salem Common (15 South Main St., New Salem, MA)
    Fees: $15 before May 1st, $20 May 2 through race day

    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.