Our mission and history
The Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club was originally founded as a women’s running club in 1972. Charlotte Lettis, a UMass Student at the time, 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.
Today the club is made up of a diverse group of hundreds of runners of various ages, genders, abilities, and interests. It is an inclusive club for runners of all abilities, from sprinters to ultra-runners, with highly competitive athletes and people running for health and happiness. We also welcome all ages and levels of experience, from young runners who are just learning about the joys and benefits of the sport to more seasoned runners who can tell a race story or two.
A 2019 issue of SMAC’s newsletter includes an interview with Charlotte Lettis Richardson as well as a look back at some of the club’s origins: Sugarloaf Sun 2019 Issue #2 (March/April)
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Join us Sunday, January 7, 2024 Come celebrate another great year of running in the Valley! Please RSVP by clicking here Casual Group Run: 10 am (Meet at the stairs of Read more …
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2023-2024 Winter Youth Track SMAC’S YOUTH TRACK PROGRAM MISSION: To foster the development of youth through participation in track and field training to develop athletic strength, sportsmanship, and a passion Read more …
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