Northampton 5K Cross Country Race – New self-timed format for 2021

A local XC running tradition

A local XC running tradition

Northampton 5K Cross Country Race – New self-timed format for 2021

SMAC 5K Cross Country Time Trials start Tuesday, April 6th. Participants may run between 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on the 5K X-C course near the Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road in Northampton.

They will continue weekly through the last Tuesday in August, 2021. If COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed during this temporary Time Trials schedule, we will then switch over to the traditional 5K X-C format (as enjoyed by thousands of runners in the Valley for the past thirty-three years!).

Time Trials are self-timed events. Each participant is required to start and complete the course singly, while observing the 6-ft. distancing rule and wearing a mask. Participants are required to sign a waiver when they register for the Time Trial. Registration will be at the start/finish line area. After completing the course, return to the registration area to give us your time.

Participants are required to wear a face mask while checking in, running the course, and returning to submit their times. The event is free for all. The Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club will post participants’ results on the website.

It is an accurately measured 5 km cross-country course through beautiful fields and woods. 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.

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