• The New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    The New SMAC Newsletter is Here!
    November/December 2017 Issue

      Check out the latest issue of SMAC's full-color newsletter, The Sugarloaf Sun. It's a special SPOOKY edition this time, full of the usual great race stories, articles, profiles, information, and artwork by club members, but also featuring lots of Halloween-themed things and a SUN first: a scary short story. Please click here to read it in PDF format. Thanks to all who contributed!   Cover clip of the Nov./Dec. 2017 issue of The Sugarloaf Sun 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 Jan 1, 2018 issue is December 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 Road Race
       --Daffodil Run
       --Rabbit Run
       --JCC Father’s Day 10K
       --Lake Wyola Road Race
       --Summit Run 5K
       --Mug Race
       --Don Maynard Race
       --Chase’n a Mason 5K    --Mt. Toby Trail Run    --Dan Barry Memorial Road Race
       --Clarkdale Cider Run 12K
       --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 https://www.runreg.com/smacraceseries.

    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…

  • Sugarloaf Youth Track League
    Sugarloaf Youth Track League
    Sponsored by the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club


    Welcome to Winter Youth Track Practice 2017-18! Practice is from 5 to 7pm at Smith College Indoor Track and Tennis Building off West Street (Route 66) in Northampton. On the first night plan to arrive 15 minutes early to make a name tag and meet the coaches.

    Our workouts will change every week. We will work on the following during the 10 weeks: running form, pacing, relays, long jump, high jump, shotput, block starts, hurdle prep (mobility drills), turbo javelin throwing, general strength and circuits, plyometrics (jumping), and other fun running games!!

    Dates for this year: Dec 3, 10, Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 25, March 4, 11
    *Please bring running shoes and shorts and a water bottle!
    *Invite a friend to join us!
    *We look forward to having fun training with you!
    * Fee $75/person
    *Signup on the website https://www.RunReg.com/sugarloaf-youth-track
    Coach Sydney, Leslie, Phoebe, and Francis Questions? Contact Sydney email: shenthorn20@gmail.com

    Click here to register online…

    View more information…

  • First Annual Village Ultra 10-Hour
    First Annual Village Ultra 10-Hour
    Sunday November 19th, 2017

    We are inaugurating a very special race in New Salem! Welcome to the First Annual Village Ultra 10-Hour! Get ready to run (some more!) on November 19! All fun, no pressure; the SMAC Series will be over!
    This year's race will raise awareness about PANS/PANDAS and raise funds to help the Van Iderstine/Derderian family secure treatment for their son with PANS. The race will start and end at the New Salem common. ...
    Like trail running? We will have experienced Rabbit Run marshalls to take you on a beautiful 10k loop through the Quabbin watershed! Prefer pavement? Race up quarter mile loops around the lovely New Salem common! Love both? Mix and match! All miles count!
    The Village Ultra 10-Hour is a terrific opportunity to do good while reaching your personal running/walking goals. Rack up miles for the 100 Mile Club! Run or Walk your first Half Marathon, Marathon, or Ultra! We will be there an encourage you every step of the way!

    Cost is $50 for 10-hour, $30 for 6-hour, and $10 per hour for drop-in (run/walk as much as you like). 10-hour starts at 7:00 a.m.; 6-hour starts at 11:00 a.m. If you are doing drop-in, pay $10 to start and add money on the honor system when you finish. Donations are also gratefully accepted!

    You can register by mail or on runreg.com. Please contact Carla Halpern (978) 490-6606 with any questions or if you would like to volunteer.

    Download the registration/info form…

    Click here to register online…

  • Sawmill River 10K Run
    Sawmill River 10K Run
    Monday, January 1, 2018 10AM Start

    A New Year’s Tradition!
    Pre-registration starts November 1st Register on-line @ www.runreg.com

    Registration begins at 9:00am - Montague Common Hall, 34 Main St., Montague, MA 01351
    (adjacent to Common)
    Entry Fees: $25.00 (Paid before Dec. 31; Noon)
    $30.00 (Paid thereafter)
    Divisions:
    YOUTH: 18 yrs. & Under OPEN: 19 - 39 yrs.
    MASTER: 40 - 49 yrs. SENIOR: 50 - 59 yrs.
    SENIOR +: 60 yrs. & Up
    (Long sleeve T-shirts available for the first 100 registrants)
    Hot & Cold refreshments
    Please note that the course is open to normal vehicular traffic during the race

    USATF sanctioned

    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.