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  • 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 . . .

  • SMAC Race Series 2014
    SMAC Race Series 2014
    14 Great road races - 1 Great Race Series!


    -- Ron Hebert Race
    -- Hands Together for Haiti
    -- Rabbit Run
    -- S Deerfield 10K
    -- Lake Wyola Race
    -- 4 on the 4th
    -- Mug Race
    -- Don Maynard Race
    -- Covered Bridge Classic
    -- Jail Break 5K
    -- Chase’N A Mason 5K
    -- Kiwanis 10K
    -- Dan Barry Memorial Road Race
    -- Monson Half Marathon

    Click here for the 2014 Race Series Guide

    What is it ? a sampling of 14 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 March and going through November

    Why ? Why not ??? 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 8 of the races in the series, with extra additional special awards for anyone who completes the entire series of 14 races.
    - Awards for top scorers and other yet-to-be-determined categories.
    - 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 2014 SMAC Road Race Series, please print out and fill out the registration form and send it, with your SMAC Series registration fee $25 for SMAC members to the address at the bottom of the form, or register online on RunReg here. (Your registration fee covers the costs of the end-of-series recognition ceremony and awards, as well as entry into the Road Race Series Raffle. Note that the slight increase in registration fee is due to the automatic entry into the raffle for all race series registrants.)

    Raffle drawing to be held March 30, 2014 at 6:00PM (the last Sunday in March, and exactly one week before Race #1 Ron Hebert) at Amherst Brewing Company In Amherst. All entrants are invited to attend.
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  • Hands Together for Haiti 5K Walk/Run and 10k Run
    Hands Together for Haiti 5K Walk/Run and 10k Run
    Saturday, April 26, 2014

    Presented by Catherine Bezio through Our Lady of Peace Church
    90 7th Street, Turners Falls, MA

    You are invited to participate in the Hands Together for Haiti race for charity. It is scheduled for April 26, 2014. The 5K and 10K races will take place in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. The 5K course is family friendly. A complimentary t-shirt will be provided to the first 100 registrants and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each category.

    This event is the idea and work of a 10 year old wanting to make a difference in the world. Hands Together help the poor in Haiti by establishing schools, orphanages, nutrition and feeding programs, medical clinics, sustainable-development projects, and by establishing partnerships with local leaders and communities. They are working to build a better world for thousands of suffering people in Haiti. Thank you for your support!

    Click here to register online…

  • New Salem’s Eleventh Annual Rabbit Run
    New Salem’s Eleventh Annual Rabbit Run
    May 17, 2014 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. When: May 17, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Where: New Salem Common (15 South Main St., New Salem, MA) Fees: $15 before April 30, $20 May 2 through race day Registration: To register, print out, fill out and mail in the registration form. Race day registration is available, but you must register by 5/2/2014 to receive a t-shirt

    Download the registration/info form…

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  • 3rd Annual VFW-SMAC Run Round the Mountain 5K and 10K
    3rd Annual VFW-SMAC Run Round the Mountain 5K and 10K
    Saturday, May 24, 2014 8:30 a.m. South Deerfield, MA

    Come celebrate Memorial Day weekend in South Deerfield !
    Run around the Mountain that is Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club’s namesake and take the opportunity to thank your local veterans (who will be posted throughout the course at aid stations and intersections to cheer you on). Proceeds will go to VFW Post 3295 and Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club.

    The 10K is a challenging loop course with mountain and river views (and is the 4th race in the SMAC Series). The 5K is a “mostly flat” out-and back course. Both races begin in the center of South Deerfield, at the intersection of North Main Street and Sugarloaf Street. The 10K starts on North Main, climbs up Hillside Road, drops to River Road and makes a clockwise loop around the base of the Mountain. The 5K is an out-and-back that starts in the same direction as the 10K.

    For detailed maps, go to

    New this year - cash prizes:
    $50 to the man and $50 to the woman who can break the current male or female course record for the 10K.
    $50 to each of 2 random raffle winners (winners to be drawn at the post-race awards ceremony)

    Entry Fees: Before race day: $20 for the 10K / $15 for the 5K
    On race day: $25 for the 10K / $20 for the 5K
    ** T-shirts are guaranteed only to registrations received by May 9th, 2014! **

    To Register: Complete the registration form or register online on RunReg
    ***online registration ends on May 21st, 2014 - - - Race day registration will be available**
    Race-day registration and number pickup will be at the Senior Center in the center of S. Deerfield (corner of Conway and N Main). Race start is on Park St (along the town common).

    Proceeds to benefit VFW Post 3295

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • SMAC Youth Track League 2014
    SMAC Youth Track League 2014

    For: Youth entering Grades 2-9 as of September 2014
    Fee: $45/person, $75 families of two, $90 families of three or more, ($5 late fee after 5/10)
    Dates: First night for Team Assignments & Orientation:  Tuesday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m.

      Arrive on the first night to group teams, meet coaches and run an informal series of practice races.
    Meet Schedule:  May 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27  (27th is awards night)
    Time: Meets run from 5:15-8:15 p.m.
    Make-up days:  June 10, 17, 24
    Location: Meets are held at Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton. Parking is next to the school or behind the stadium with entrances off of Milton Street.

    The Food Booth will be open Friday nights only at the stadium and staffed by the NHS Track team. --Buy food & drinks at the meet or bring a picnic dinner.

    Please note: No team request will be honored this season. Participants will be randomly assigned to teams to better assure team parity. We will attempt to honor requests of up to 2 friends and or family members to be on the same team.  Since all teams are present at each event, family members can easily be on different teams.

    • There will be six teams. Boys and girls of all abilities will be placed on a team and can compete in both relay and individual events. Non-team member children 2-14 yrs. can enter an open 100m dash each night.
    • All kids from all towns are welcome. Team T-shirts and water for all participants.
    • Medals and sport gifts are given at the end of the series.
    For weather cancellations, call 587-1044 or check the Northampton Recreation Department’s website, under cancellations,

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  • SMAC Board Meeting Dates 2014
    SMAC Board Meeting Dates 2014
    Board of Directors Meeting Dates

    Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club Board of Directors meeting dates for 2014.

    Click below to view a listing of the board of directors meeting dates for the upcoming year.

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  • Hopkins Fund Chase 5K
    Hopkins Fund Chase 5K
    Saturday, May 10, 2014

    Hopkins Academy, Hadley’s High School, will celebrate its 350th birthday in 2014. To help the School celebrate this event, there will be a 5k race starting and ending at the High School on Saturday, May 10, 2014. To make this event especially Hopkins 5Kmemorable and perhaps educational, the runners will be pursuing an individual portraying the role of John Harvard, the founder of Harvard University. A bit of history: The will of the widow of Edward Hopkins, after whom Hopkins Academy was named, allegedly indicated that 500 pounds from her estate was to be given to two new schools in New England: Hopkins Academy in Hadley, and Hopkins Grammar, in New Haven. After several years, court proceedings and changes in trustees of the estate, the money never got to the Schools. It has been alleged that the money went to Harvard University and other schools in that area. This race will be an entertaining and hopefully fun effort by the runners to get the funds back to the rightful designees.
    Ten quid each to the first 10 runners (college age and beyond) who beat John Harvard
    Age Group Awards All age group winners get $25 gift certificates from Northampton Running Company
    Age Groups Include (both male and female)
    Age group winners also get a copy of Margaret Dwyer’s book on the History of Hopkins Academy.

    A map of the race route can be viewed here:

    Download the registration/info form…

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  • Rafters College Towne Classik 5K and 5 Mile
    Rafters College Towne Classik 5K and 5 Mile
    SUNDAY MAY 18, 2014, 10:30 AM

    Rafters Sports Bar & Restaurant, University Dr., Amherst, MA 5 Mile Run or 5 K (3.1 mile) Run or Walk 21st YEAR!!! Help us support our charitable causes, the Jimmy Fund and the Amherst Police Relief Association at this family friendly event. This 5 mile and 5K has a safe and fast course through downtown Amherst. ****Commemorative Tee to 1st 300 Entrants, Age Group Awards, Public Safety Team Award, Water Stops, Mile Markers, Professionally Timed**** Post Race Barbecue: Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Dogs, Fruit, Yogurt, Juice, Bagels, Cookies ENTRY FEE: $25 or $30 RACE DAY.

    Download the registration/info form…

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  • 3rd Annual Run/Walk for River Valley
    3rd Annual Run/Walk for River Valley
    Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, MA

    You are invited to join us for River Valley Counseling Center’s third annual fund raising event-the Run/Walk for River Valley. It will be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Ashley Reservoir in Holyoke, MA. As a community non-profit agency River Valley Counseling Center has been supporting adults, children, and families in Hampden County for over 50 years. River Valley Counseling Programs support and serve the most vulnerable members of our community. This is a 5K and 1 mile walk at the Ashley Reservoir, Elks Lodge 902, 250 Whitney Ave in Holyoke, MA. Race starts at 9:30 AM. Registration 8-9:15 AM. Early registration fee $25 and $30 day of the race. Kids 12 and under $15. The first 100 registrants will receive a free shirt! Awards will be given to the top 3 males and females in 7 age categories! All walkers are entered into a raffle! Please call (413)540-1254 or visit our website for more information about the race, to register on-line or download a registration and to learn more about the services provided by River Valley Counseling Center. Join us for fun and festivities following the race!

    Click here to register online…

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  • 31st Annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon
    31st Annual Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon
    Sunday, August 3, 2014 - Greenfield, Massachusetts

    This year’s Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon celebrates its 31st year and continues to provide a challenging race for veterans and an ideal setting for beginners. The triathlon includes international and sprint distances for individual athletes as well as two and three person teams. After swimming the Green River that is less than eight feet deep, and where the shore is always close at hand, the biking and running courses meander through picturesque Franklin County. You may wish to take advantage of our triathlon training program. Starting June 8th athletes can spend eight Sundays on the actual course, guided by experienced instructors. The program will improve your fitness and boost your confidence, ideal for beginner, novice and intermediate triathletes. The Greenfield Lightlife Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event.

    triathlon training program is available Sundays leading up to the event. In Greenfield, our motto is “To Finish Is To Win!”

    Click here to register online…

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  • Save the Date – SMAC 5K Summit Run 2014
    Save the Date – 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.


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.