smac news&events

upcoming events and information

  • 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…

  • 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…

    View more information…

  • 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 - Sept 25
    -- Covered Bridge Classic 10K - Oct 2
    -- Chase’N A Mason 5K - Oct 8
    -- 5K for Farmland - Oct 16
    -- Kiwanis Falltown Classic 10K
    -- Happy Valley Half Marathon - Oct 23
    -- Dan Barry Memorial Road Race
    -- Clarkdale Cider Run 12K - Nov 13

    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

    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 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).

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Fourth Annual Apple-a-Day 5K
    Fourth Annual Apple-a-Day 5K
    Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 5K, 10K, 2 Mile Walk, and 1/4 Mile Kids Run

    Start/Finish at the Easthampton High School; 70 Williston Avenue

    Check race website for more details such as registration details, times, and course maps:

    This event is a fundraiser for the three elementary schools in Easthampton. Specifically, funds raised will be used for technology upgrades in the classrooms such as iPads and Smartboards.
    Register today at

    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.