The SMAC Green Prix Trail Series kicks off with the Sawmill Scramble 5k at 9am on Saturday June 9th at Ryan Road school in Northampton! The course is a great introduction to trail running, short, quick, uphill, downhill. $20 race-day registration. Race is a fundraiser for the Nature's Classroom Scholarship fund at Ryan Road School.
Race #2 is the Fitzgerald Five - A 5 mile trail race through the Fitzgerald Lake Conservation area in Northampton on June 30th.Start time is 8:30 for that one. Course is going to be a fast and flat loop around the woods and wetlands. This one is mostly flat or rolling with no big hills and mostly smooth trails. $10 race day registration. Start finish is at the Cook Ave. parking lot trailhead.
Race #3 is the Sugarloaf 5miler on August 19th at 8:30AM - A more challenging 5 mile trail race from the base parking area on Mt. Sugarloaf in South Deerfield up and around the trails of North Sugarloaf featuring views across to the west from the North Sugarloaf overlook and some killer single-track climbing! This one is hilly but the views will be worth it!
Registration is $10 for this one as well!
Race #4 is the weekly Tuesday Night Northampton Cross-Country 5k race on July 24th at the Community Gardens on Burts Pit Rd in Northampton. Run weekly for as long as anyone can recall each summer, the weekly race run put on by Sue and Don Grant is a staple in the local summer running calendar. Come down any Tuesday before the official series race date to practice. Race starts at 6:30, registration is open at 5:30. Course is well marked 2-loop route with some hills. Entry fee is $5 (A Bargain!)
Registration is available on RunReg.com for the series and is only $10!
Points will be awarded to all runners in the series who complete the events. Points will be given out in Cross-Country meet fashion with the lowest cumulative score at the end of the series being the winner. Each finisher will earn a point equal to their place of finish among the series competitors in the event (Not their place of finish in the race itself)
Awards will be given out at a ceremony TBA following the series conclusion. Prizes in the series will be awarded to the top 3 male and female point winners as well as to any runners who complete the whole series.
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Original artwork by SMAC member JoEllen Reino. Originally published in the January/February 2021 issue of The Sugarloaf Sun.
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