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  • 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: www.amherst10miler.com

    Click here to register online…

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

    Back by Popular Demand: SMAC Track Workouts Begin June 1

    Once again this summer SMAC will be sponsoring Wednesday night adult track workouts at Deerfield Academy, in Deerfield, MA. Workouts run from June 1 through August 31. The workouts start promptly at 6:00 p.m., so please arrive around 5:40 p.m. to warm up and stretch. Workouts are over by 7:00 p.m.

    Whether you are fast or slow, it doesn’t matter. Just show up with a willingness to work hard and have fun, and you will see improvement. The focus of the workouts is on good running form and mental strength. There are usually two or three levels of workouts, so that no-one gets left behind. Our runners range from true beginners who have never done track work before, to nationally ranked age-group competitors. The content of the workouts are typically emailed out ahead of time to anyone who asks to be on the email list.

    Contact Barry Auskern for more info: auskernlaw@comcast.net

  • SMAC Race Series 2016
    SMAC Race Series 2016
    15 great road races – 1 great race series !



    -- Ron Hebert Road Race
    -- Daffodil Run 5K
    -- Rabbit Run
    -- Lake Wyola Road Race
    -- JCC Father’s Day 10K
    -- Mug Race
    -- Don Maynard Race
    -- Summit Run 5K
    -- Covered Bridge Classic 10K
    -- Jail Break 5K
    -- Chase’N A Mason 5K
    -- Kiwanis Falltown Classic 10K
    -- Happy Valley Half Marathon
    -- Dan Barry Memorial Road Race
    -- Clarkdale Cider Run 12K


    2016 marks the seventh 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.

    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 2016 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 https://www.runreg.com/6211.

    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…

  • SMAC Team Racing
    SMAC Team Racing

    To promote team spirit and identity, SMAC will sponsor runners to compete as part of the SMAC Team in three races in 2016:

    Lake Wyola Race (Sunday, June 12, 2016) – this race is a member favorite and is part of the SMAC Series.

    Bridge of Flowers 10K (Saturday, August 13, 2016) – Last year our team won $1,425 for the club!

    Monson Half Marathon (November) – Team scored! Date TBD

    SMAC will reimburse you for half of your entry fee if you register as a SMAC will reimburse you for half of your entry fee if you register as a SMAC member AND wear your SMAC gear in the race. You must have paid your annual dues to be eligible.

    Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Register for any of the team races as a SMAC member

    2. Wear your SMAC gear during the race. Be ready for a team photo before the start!

    3. After each race send an email message to Tom Raffensperger at traffens@gmail.com indicating which race you ran and your mailing address. Please use the subject “SMAC Team” in your message.

    4. That’s it! You will receive a check for half of the entry fee. To simplify bookkeeping, all checks will be mailed after the end of the season’s team racing (after the Monson Half).

  • The New Sugarloaf Sun Newsletter is Here
    The New Sugarloaf Sun Newsletter is Here
    July/Aug 2016 Issue


    Check out the latest jam-packed issue of SMAC's full-color newsletter, The Sugarloaf Sun. With a loose thematic focus on mountains this time, 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!

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    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 Sept. 1 issue is Aug 22.

  • 8th Annual 5K for Farmland (5K road race and 2 Mile walk)
    8th Annual 5K for Farmland (5K road race and 2 Mile walk)
    Sunday October 16, 2016 11AM

    The 8th Annual 5K for Farmland race on a fast, flat route through historic farmland or take the scenic 2-Mile walk along the Connecticut River. Farmers Market Festival, Local Beer from Valley Malt, and Live Music!

    Commemorative 5K for Farmland pint glasses for all pre-registrants, age group awards, AND you’ll be entered into a raffle for great local prizes!

    Register at RunReg or 5K for Farmland

    Click here to register online…

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  • SMAC Monday Night Social Run for beginners
    SMAC Monday Night Social Run for beginners
    35-minute (approx 3 mile) social run starting at 6:30 pm

    New on Mondays! A 35-minute (approx 3 mile) social run starting at 6:30 pm from the intersection (Amherst side) of the Norwottuck Rail Trail and South Maple Street, near the Hampshire Mall in Hadley (where parking is available). This run on an almost flat scenic section of the bike path towards Amherst is aimed at beginning runners -- the run leader will go at the pace of the slowest runner. Faster runners may run ahead and loop back. Everyone's encouraged to wear bright colors, so as to be visible to other users of the trail. If you're unsure of the distance or the pace, please do come along and try it out; don't be shy!

  • The Don Maynard Memorial Five Miler and Three Mile Walk
    The Don Maynard Memorial Five Miler and Three Mile Walk
    Saturday September 17, 2016 9:30 a.m.

    Nashes Mill Rd.—at the Greenfield Swimming and Recreation Area—Greenfield, MA

    This course is flat and fast! A scenic loop thought the “meadows” of Greenfield with a final mile on the bike path along the Green River. Awards are three deep in all age groups. A post race raffle! This race is the gem of Franklin County. You won’t be disappointed! The Don Maynard Memorial Race is one of the 2016 SMAC road race series. Register at Runreg.com Contact Chuck Adams, rcrchuck@comcast.net 413-522-6688

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • SMAC 5K Summit Run 2016
    SMAC 5K Summit Run 2016
    Sunday, September 25th, 2016 - 9:30AM

    Contact: Dave Martula: davidmartula@gmail.com; 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.

    Download the race application here . . . .

    Download the registration/info form…

  • Chase’n a Mason 5K and 2 mile walk
    Chase’n a Mason 5K and 2 mile walk
    Saturday October 8, 2016 9:30 a.m.

    Run a flat course on the bike path along the power canal. This race is moments from Route 91 in Turners Falls. Run along the waterways and foliage lined bike path, starting at the Masonic Lodge on Masonic Ave. (across from the Farren Care Center on Montague City Rd.). With one small hill on the course, you are certain to get a new personal record for a 5K. The out and back course will go east on the bike path and turn around at the “Patch” bridge on 11th St. Post race activities include great food (our famous apple crisp) and awards (good beer) in each age group for first, second and third place.
    Register online at https://www.runreg.com/Net/chasen-a-mason-5k

    Need more information?
    Contact Cathy Coutu: rcrcathv@comcast.net 413-522-6685

    Click here to register online…

  • Bernardston Kiwanis Falltown Classic 10K
    Bernardston Kiwanis Falltown Classic 10K
    Saturday 10/22/16 9:30am

    Start/Finish: Pratt Field, opposite Bernardston Police Dept.
    Entry Fee: $20.0 0by Oct 15th - - - Race Day $25.00
    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: 7:30-9:00 am on RACE DAY
    This race is part of the SMAC race series for 2016.

    Download the registration/info form…

 

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.