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May 2021

The Masked Ginger

Original artwork by SMAC member JoEllen Reino.  Originally published in the May/June 2021 issue of The Sugarloaf Sun.

May 2021

The SMAC Turnaround 5K Series: Runners Getting Back Together!

by Laure Van den Broeck Raffensperger Last spring, the race calendar was suddenly swept clean, and now more than a year later, a full return to normal still hasn’t happened.
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January 2021

Ginger: Race Bloopers

Original artwork by SMAC member JoEllen Reino.  Originally published in the January/February 2021 issue of The Sugarloaf Sun.

January 2021

57th JFK 50 Mile Race Report

by Brenda Fortin I know the title suggests that this is a race report, and I swear I ultimately get there, but I feel it necessary to step back a
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January 2021

Nine Months of Running Through Uncertainty

by Abbie Goldberg-Zaret In the early days of the pandemic, running was not an escape. I ran, but my body and brain were not connected. My brain was on overdrive,
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December 2020

Member Profile: Aleks Kajstura

Name: Aleks Kajstura Age: 37 Town: Sunderland Job: I’m the Legal Director of the Prison Policy Initiative, a local non-profit working nationally to end mass incarceration. Where are you from
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November 2020

A Balancing Act

by Tom Van den Broeck Raffensperger What a season. This year I was going to set a goal and carve out the time for training to really see what I
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April 2020

SMAC Mile Challenge Week 2 Results

Some of you ran on a track, some on road or grass. Some of you ran a stand-alone mile and for others, it was part of a longer run. If you
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April 2020

Weekly SMAC Mile Challenge

It may be quite some time before we go back to running the races we love. For those among you who are missing the ‘spice’ of going fast and pushing it,
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April 2020

Staying Connected While We’re Apart

Dear SMAC friends, For each of us, life has changed dramatically over the past couple of weeks. Between re-organizing work, family, and changing all the plans you made for the
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March 2020

Coronavirus and SMAC Events

Dear SMAC community, While the SMAC Board of Directors has not yet cancelled or rescheduled any of the running events we organize, there is a very strong likelihood that we
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February 2020

The Fine Art of Ultrateering

by Arielle Knudsen Ultrateering: a word coined by my good friend Erin Hazler to describe long volunteer shifts at trail/ultra races. Who can be an ultrateer? Why do it? What
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December 2019

Runner Realness: Make it Work

by Jeannie LaPierre It’s a topic we all will grapple with, wrestle, ponder, ignore, deny, dismiss, and eventually accept. Lately, I run more local races. Two decades ago, waking at
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November 2019

Unique Genius

by Jason Sarouhan My coach is looking at me intently. She tells me, “I’m a little confused by the words that you chose about how going on a run like
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October 2019

Riding The Ghost Train

by Carla Halpern The idea of running 100 miles made me really happy. Whether the reality would make me happy remained to be seen. I had no idea whether I’d
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July 2019

SOS Cape Cod Triathlon (6/22/19)

by JoEllen Reino As soon as I received the promotional email for this race last fall, I knew I wanted to participate. My husband John and I were going to
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May 2019

Are You Running Too Fast?

by Laure Van den Broeck Raffensperger In July 2018, SMAC sponsored me to attend the RRCA-level 1 coaching course in Bloomfield, CT. It was awesome! Two days were crammed full
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February 2019

Running Up That Hill

by Ben Kimball Hills. We all know how hard they can be on a run. From the brutes like Crittenden Hill in the middle of the Bridge of Flowers race
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January 2019

Member Profile: Nate Olson

Name: Nate Olson Age: 30 Town: Sunderland Job: I teach Pilates at The Pilates Studio in Hadley. Right now I’m working on developing a Pilates-based mobility and conditioning program geared
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Member Profile: Francie Lin

Name: Francie Lin Age: 41 Town: Florence Job: Writer Personal Records? I haven’t done very many races, but last year I ran my second half-marathon in 1:48, which was a
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Volunteering at the New England Green River Marathon

by Patrick Pezzati I love running; I love races; I love hanging out with runners; and I love to ride my bike, especially on rural dirt roads. Given all that,
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SMAC Membership Distribution

  This map shows towns the 2018 SMAC members live in. It is limited to just western MA, though there are also several members from other states and countries who
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Getting it Right at the Monson Memorial Half Marathon

by Laure Van den Broeck Raffensperger Coaches often say that “running relaxed” is crucial to having a good race. And it’s true. The races where I have chased a time
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