2024 Race Series

2024 Race Series

2024 SMAC Race Series

Come Join the Fun!

The SMAC Race Series challenges runners of all abilities and ages to take part in as many of the 11 featured races as they can between April and October. The races encompass varying lengths and landscapes all in western Massachusetts.

Participants will earn points based on finish times using Age Graded Scoring. All races run count towards a participant’s total score. At the conclusion of the series, those with the most points will receive awards.

We plan to gather before and after each race , and we will provide post race snacks.

Everyone who finishes at least six of the 11 races will be eligible for awards and will receive a series tee-shirt. Prizes will be awarded at the SMAC annual meeting at the end of the year. 

Click to Register

Register for the series at https://www.runreg.com/smac-raceseries.

  • Free Registration to SMAC members
  • $25 for non-members  (Join SMAC and you can register for Free!)

Age Graded Scoring: (New for 2024)

  • Participant times will be scaled by USATF-approved age factors for the closest calibrated race distance (e.g. the 5-mile scaling factors will be used for the 4.8 mile, 5 mile, 5.5 mile, and 8K races). These scale factors are 1 or less than one, and adjust race times so they may be directly compared between participants of different ages.  A participant’s age as of 12/31/2024 will be used.
    • For example, a 54 year old female who runs a 25 minute 5K will have an age-graded time of 21.37 minutes, and a 34 year old female with the same time on the same course will have an age-graded time of 24.90 minutes.  
  • The race series participant with the best age-graded time will receive 100 series points, and all other participants will receive points equal to the winner’s age-graded time divided by their age-graded time, times 100.  
    • In this example, the 54 year old would receive 100 series points as the age-graded winner, and the 34 year old would receive (21.37 / 24.90)*100 = 85.8 series points.
  • Completing all 11 races earns an additional 75 points. Completing 9-10 races earns an additional 50 points; 7-8 earns an additional 25 points. Race directors earn 40 points.

Runners need to individually register for each individual race in the series that they would like to participate in by clicking the links below. (Links will be updated as registration information becomes available)

2024 SMAC Race Series


1

Westfield Boys and Girls Club 5k – Saturday, March 23 NEW TO SERIES THIS YEAR

Westfield, MA

Start the season off with this fun and flat 5K through Westfied! You’ll be surrounded with the energy of runners tackling the ½ marathon and 10K distances. Started by Empire One running club 28 years ago, this event has raised $275,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield.

Race information: https://www.bgcwestfield.org/westfieldhalf

Register: Westfield Half Marathon (runsignup.com)

 

2

SMAC Ron Hebert Memorial Road Race – Saturday, April 6

Florence, MA

Don’t miss out on being part of a local tradition. Come run one of the oldest races in New England! The Ron Hebert Memorial Road Race offers a challenging 8-mile route through scenic Florence and Haydenville, MA. Prizes for all age group winners – and the coveted SMAC running socks for all finishers.

Register: SMAC Ron Hebert Memorial Road Race Online Registration (runreg.com)

3

Runway 5K  – Sunday, April 28 NEW TO SERIES THIS YEAR

Northampton, MA

This chip-timed event offers a flat smooth course ideal for a great time. And you know what’s even more rewarding than finishing a 5K on a runway? Knowing that you helped change foster care for good when you cross the finish line. The Runway 5K mission is to bring community together to raise funds for foster care innovation.

Register: Runway 5K (runsignup.com)

4

  – Saturday, May 25 NEW TO SERIES THIS YEAR

New Salem, MA

This challenging 10k goes through the beautiful Quabbin watershed. It’s mostly trail and pretty hilly; it’s a tough course, but there is no time limit. There will be AG prizes and recognition of the first three finishers in all AGs. This year’s proceeds support Nature’s Classroom and Backpack Buddies programming at Swift River School.

Register: TO COME

 

5

42nd Lake Wyola Road Race – Sunday, June 9 NEW TO SERIES THIS YEAR

Shutesbury, MA

This is a 4.8 mile hilly loop around Lake Wyola on pavement and dirt roads for walkers and runners. 1.5 mile fun run. Prizes, raffle, and refreshments provided. Race day registration available. All proceeds go to the Lake Wyola Association for maintenance of the lake and its surroundings.

Race information: TO COME

6

Beast Coast 8K Trail Run – June 29 NEW TO SERIES THIS YEAR

Location not finalized yet, but nearby in Western Ma

Join us at this new, not-yet-announced-to-the-public trail race! Part trail and part dirt road, it’s sure to be a fun one!

Race information: TO COME

7

Northampton 5K Cross Country Race – Series race Tues. July 16

Northampton, MA

SMAC 5K Cross Country Races typically start the first Tuesday in April, on the 5K XC course near the Community Gardens on Burts Pit Road in Northampton. They continue weekly through the last Tuesday in August. 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. $5, participants under 18 free

Race information: TO COME

8

Montague Mug Race – August 17

Montague, MA

The 41st Montague Mug Race is 5.5 miles of challenging climbs,fun descents, and a flat shady finish. The race has plenty of water stops, Fire and EMS personnel on the course. Raffle, fresh fruit and baked goods at the finish. Tee shirts to first 60 entrants, mugs to top three in age groups, and pewter mugs to overall winners.

Race information: TO COME

9

Don Maynard Memorial 5 Miler – Saturday, September 28

Green River Swimming Area, Greenfield, MA

The 5-mile course is a flat and scenic route through the Greenfield Meadows. Walkers will walk a 3-mile loop of the bike path. The first 100 entrants receive a race shirt, and fall mums for all finishers. In Don’s memory, proceeds go to the Don Maynard Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships to graduating Franklin County public school seniors.

Be sure to take a dip in the river to cool off afterward!

Website:Don Maynard Facebook page

10

Conway covered bridge 10K – October – Date TBD

Conway, MA

This scenic 10K, held during the Conway’s Festival of the Hills, is a challenging point-to-point course with pavement and dirt. The course starts at the Covered Bridge and ends in Conway’s town Center (Elm St. in front of the Field Memorial Library). Once on Reeds Bridge Road, the course takes a lollypop out-and-back route to the finish. Note: The start and finish are in different locations; see the website for more information. Post-race, enjoy the Festival of the Hills, offering arts and crafts exhibits, log-splitting and skillet-toss contests, a classic New England fall parade, local musicians, food, family activities and more!

Race information: TO COME

11

Monson ½ Marathon – November – Date TBD NEW TO SERIES THIS YEAR

Monson, MA

The Monson Memorial Classic road race was started in 1996, shortly after the deaths of Kelly Waldron and Kathy Waldron Perry. These sisters died eight months apart from different types of cancer. This race is in their memory, and past proceeds have gone to American Cancer Association of Western Mass, American Lung Association, Quaboag Valley Hospice, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Race information: TO COME

 

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