Join the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club

Runners of all ability levels are welcome

Runners of all ability levels are welcome

Join the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club

Membership Information

Anyone interested in participating in and supporting recreational or competitive running in Western MA is invited to join the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club (SMAC). Join or renew here at RunReg.

SMAC is open to runners of all ages and abilities and we are a member of both USA Track & Field, the premier national governing body of running in the United States, and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA), the oldest and largest distance running organization in the U.S.

SMAC’s purpose is to promote running as a recreational activity and a competitive sport by providing and supporting running and racing opportunities to all athletes in Western Massachusetts. We 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.

SMAC Sponsored Activities

  • Indoor “All-Comers” Track Meets at Smith College during the winter
  • Weekly 5K cross-country races April through August
  • Organized club track workouts April through September
  • Youth Track League at Smith College in June
  • Ron Hebert 8-Mile Road Race in April
  • Nancy’s Run for the ACCRF 4-miler in July
  • The New England Green River Marathon in August/September
  • Summit Run 5K up Mt. Holyoke in September
  • Mt. Toby Trail Race in October
  • Organized youth track team with weekly practices December through July
  • Monthly Board meetings (open to all)
  • Annual Club Meeting in January

Other Benefits to SMAC Members

  • Certain SMAC members may be eligible for winning a Boston Marathon entry lottery. Each year, the club is given a number of Boston Marathon applications for non-qualifiers, to be distributed among interested club members via a random drawing. To be eligible for the entry lottery, a member must 1) have been a paid member of the club for at least 7 months leading up to the drawing, AND; 2) be a legal resident of Hampden, Hampshire, or Franklin County, Massachusetts AND; 3) have volunteered for at least one SMAC race (or volunteered at the Boston Marathon as a representative of SMAC) during the year leading up to the drawing.
  • SMAC members enjoy 10% off clothing items at Marathon Sports on Pleasant Street in Northampton.

Ready to join (or renew your current membership)?

Sign up now, at

For more information about membership or to change any of your membership information, contact Tom Raffensperger (

And… SMAC gear is always available and always in style! Check the Gear page or contact for more information.


The SMAC Blog

Latest News & Information

The Masked Ginger

Original artwork by SMAC member JoEllen Reino.  Originally published in the May/June 2021 issue of The Sugarloaf Sun.

SMAC May 20, 2021

The SMAC Turnaround 5K Series: Runners Getting Back Together!

by Laure Van den Broeck Raffensperger Last spring, the race calendar was suddenly swept clean, and now more than a year later, a full return to normal still hasn’t happened.
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SMAC May 18, 2021

Ginger: Race Bloopers

Original artwork by SMAC member JoEllen Reino.  Originally published in the January/February 2021 issue of The Sugarloaf Sun.

SMAC January 13, 2021

Serving the needs of area runners since 1972!