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

    Led by Barry Auskern. Workouts start on Wednesday, June 4th. We have the track reserved from 6:00 pm to 7:00. I’d suggest that people arrive around 5:40 or so, you can park either up by the old cemetery, or drive down to the track itself. There is ample parking next to the track. For your warm-up, there is a dirt road that runs along the track and out into the corn-fields, so you can run out on that, warm up, and turn around. Or you can run out on the grass. We’ll get going on the track @ 6:00 pm sharp.

    As in the past, I’ll email the workouts ahead of time. The focus for this summer will be for people training for a marathon or half marathon in the Fall. So that means some longer repeats: miles and 1200s. Workouts will begin @ 6:00 promptly. I know that you all have other things going on in your lives, so I’m going to try to get started on time, so that you can get home on time.

    Deerfield Academy was very insistent on our having insurance, and the insurance only covers SMAC members, SO . . . . if you haven’t joined SMAC (you know who you are!), now is the time to get it done. It’s only $15 bucks, not bad for a summer of awesome track sessions.

    Contact Barry Auskern for more info:

  • 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 . . .

  • 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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  • NCC Mount Greylock Bicycle Hillclimb
    NCC Mount Greylock Bicycle Hillclimb
    North Adams, MA, Saturday September 13, 2014

    A road for a pilgrim to enter upon who would climb to the gates of heaven – Thoreau 1844.

    Northampton Cycling clubThe Northampton Cycling Club’s Mt. Greylock Hillclimb is an annual bicycle race up the north face of Mt. Greylock to the summit at 3,489′, the highest point in Massachusetts.  The course covers 9.1 miles, with grades as steep as 17%, and a few brief descents in the first half of the course.  The race is run in time trial format, with riders starting at 30-second intervals, with no drafting allowed. The spectacular views from the summit cover four states, and the event concludes with a post-race party with great food and beer at the Freight Yard Pub at the starting point.

    2014 Registration is now open with discounted entry fees!!

    Click here to register online…

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  • 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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  • 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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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.