About SMAC

Our mission and history

Our mission and history

About SMAC

The Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club was originally founded as a women’s running club in 1972. Charlotte Lettis, a UMass Student, attempted to run in a regional cross country race. Women weren’t allowed, and while she managed to get a race number she was physically blocked from finishing by race officials. Seeing a need, she and fellow runner Tom Derderian founded the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club. The club’s first meeting included “teenagers and grandmothers.” The club later admitted men, but it has held on to its founding principles of promoting running for all.

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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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SMAC November 11, 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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SMAC October 8, 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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SMAC July 5, 2019
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