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  • 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? A lot - with a lot of dedicated club members 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)
    - Summit Run (directed by Dave)
    - Ron Hebert Race (yes, directed by Ron himself)
    - 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)
    - SMAC also supports local races through gear, timing devices, and rustling up volunteers.
    - And don't forget the SMAC Sun (Yay, Ben!)
    - Series Dinner and Annual Dinner Meeting
    - Social runs (thanks to CW and Laure!)

    Go to RunReg to join now!

  • SMAC Most Outstanding Runner and Most Improved Runner Nominations Now Being Accepted
    SMAC Most Outstanding Runner and Most Improved Runner Nominations Now Being Accepted
    Nominations Now Being Accepted

    The Board of SMAC wants to hear from you!
    Every year we recognize outstanding running performance and improvement in performance by one or more members of SMAC.

    If you feel someone deserves special recognition for his/her outstanding running performance or improvement in performance in 2016, please complete and return the Most Outstanding Runner/Most Improved Runner Nomination Form to SMAC by mail ( PO Box 379 , Hadley , MA 01035-0379) or email (

    Nominations must be received by December 14, 2016. Nominations will be reviewed at the December 15 Board meeting and SMAC Most Outstanding and Most Improved Runner(s) of 2016 will be selected at that time. The winner(s) of each award will be recognized at the SMAC Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

    Download the registration/info form…

  • SMAC Indoor All-Comers Meet
    SMAC Indoor All-Comers Meet
    Smith College Indoor Track - January 8, 2017

    Smith College ITT Building
    West Street, Northampton, MA
    Registration available on
    Cost: $15 person for 2 events, all additional events, $5 per entry
    Discounts available for teams with over 10 people. Please contact meet director, Sydney Henthorn

    Schedule of Events:
    1:00 pm Registration check-in
    1:30 3,000m
    2:00 55m
    2:30 400m
    3:00 mile
    3:30 200m
    4:00 800m

    Field Events
    Long jump 1:30
    High Jump 2:00

    This meet will have FAT timing for all track events.
    Thanks to Smith College, Runreg, and Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club for their support.
    Contact person: Sydney Henthorn, 413-527-7880

  • SMAC Annual Meeting
    SMAC Annual Meeting
    Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott

    The SMAC Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017
    at the Courtyard Marriott, 423 Russell St. (Route 9) in Hadley, MA

    All past, present, and future SMAC members are invited.
    A buffet brunch will be provided by the Marriott courtesy of SMAC.
    Activities will include:
    -- a fun run (varying lengths, with options to run on the bike path or do a practice run on the 10 Miler race route)*
    -- schmoozing with your fellow runners
    -- presentation of this year's Most Outstanding Runner and Most Improved Runner Awards
    -- voting in of the 2017 Board of Directors

    *For those who want to run the 10 Miler race route, please meet at 10:00 a.m. at the location of the race start at Amherst Regional High School. The Marriott is a short drive from there after you finish your run.

    The schedule:
    10:00 a.m. Anyone who wants to do a practice run on the 10 miler Race route meet at Amherst Regional High School.
    11:00 a.m. Anyone who wants to do a shorter run meet in the meeting room at the Marriott.
    11:30 a.m. Anyone who wants to skip the run and just schmooze and talk about running is welcome to arrive at the Marriott.
    (Meeting is expected to conclude at approximately 1:00.)

    ALL SMAC members – past, present, and future - are welcome and encouraged to come celebrate a great year of running and enjoy some great food courtesy of SMAC !!!! Spouses/partners/friends who are not members are also welcome and encouraged to attend, but we may need to ask that you make a small contribution to help cover the cost of the meal.

    Questions ??  Please contact Donna Utakis at or 413-461-5132.

  • 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…

  • It’s SMAC’s New Summer Newsletter!
    It’s SMAC’s New Summer Newsletter!
    Sept./Oct 2016 Issue

    Check out the latest jam-packed issue of SMAC's full-color newsletter, The Sugarloaf Sun. Covering races and events from late spring right up to the end of the summer, 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 (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 Nov. 1 issue is Oct 22.

  • 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. 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…

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  • 2017 Boston Marathon Application Lottery
    2017 Boston Marathon Application Lottery

    Want to run Boston in April 2017 but don’t have a qualifying time? Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club 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. Click here to read more and to download the lottery application.

    Download the registration/info form…

  • No Frill Flannel 5K
    No Frill Flannel 5K
    Sunday, January, 8, 2017

    Time: 10:00am
    Cost: $20.00
    Type: 5K run and 2 Mile walk
    Location: Enfield, CT
    John F. Kennedy Middle School - 155 Raffia Road

    Awards: top 3 overall male/female and other category awards
    Timed by a company, Charity event for Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Contact with questions: Leeann. @
    Register at:
    Day of event registration available at 9:00am.
    Event Will go on regardless of weather.

    Click here to register online…

  • 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.