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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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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SMAC May 15, 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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SMAC February 5, 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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SMAC January 31, 2019
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