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On The Run with John Stifler: Shelburne Falls’ Kayla Lampe gives Mount Washington a local flavor
07-05-2024 9:30 AM

In 1972, UMass graduate Charlotte Lettis, then 22 years old and living in Amherst, became the first women’s winner of the Mt. Washington Road Race. A pioneer in the evolution of women’s long-distance running from fitness jogging to hardcore...

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On The Run with John Stifler: See you on the hills
05-31-2024 12:49 PM

You can probably beat me in the Bridge of Flowers Road Race on Aug. 10. Here’s why:I like running up hills. Somehow my gait and posture seem well adapted to uphill running. In many cases if someone is the same speed as I am on flat ground, I can run...


Big turnout expected Sunday for 14th annual WMass Mother’s Day Half Marathon in Whately
05-11-2024 11:17 AM

By THOMAS JOHNSTON

It wasn’t easy for road races to recover following the pandemic. But when you have local support like the WMass Mother's Day Half Marathon in Whately, things can get right back to pre-COVID levels.The 14th running of the Mother’s Day Half Marathon...


On The Run with John Stifler: A closer look at the Boston Marathon’s wheelchair division
05-03-2024 3:08 PM

The average sports-page reader knows that the fastest runners in a major marathon are likely to be Kenyan or Ethiopian. But another part of the Boston and London marathons is dominated by northern Europeans, plus Americans, Japanese, Australians and...


Hadley’s Brad Mish, Northampton’s Elianna Shwayder top Hampshire County finishers at 128th Boston Marathon
04-15-2024 8:02 PM

By JOHN STIFLER

BOSTON — On a clear day, a bit warm but with no headwind to impede any runner’s efforts, Brad Mish of Hadley and Elianna Shwayder of Northampton led three dozen Valley runners from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Monday’s 128th running of the Boston...


Passing of the baton: After 36 years, Don and Sue Grant turn over reins of popular Tuesday 5K in Northampton
04-12-2024 12:30 PM

By BRIDGET MACDONALD

NORTHAMPTON — A little after the turn of the new year, Sue and Don Grant were starting to lose hope. The local couple that in 1987 launched the Northampton Cross-Country Race Series — a weekly Tuesday evening 5K that starts in April each year and goes...


On The Run with John Stifler: Marathon runner Kiptum at the height of his powers upon death
03-01-2024 3:23 PM

The running world barely had time to marvel at how 24-year-old Kelvin Kiptum came within sight of breaking the two-hour barrier in the marathon before what promised to be a thrilling career came to a sudden end last month in a car crash that took...


On The Run with John Stifler: Come one, come all
02-02-2024 4:47 PM

Recreational running has been part of mainstream American culture for fifty years. Nowadays anyone wanting to run a 5-kilometer road race can find one somewhere nearby. Marathons have grown so popular they have waiting lists.Track meets are different....


Briefs: ‘On The Run’ columnist John Stifler among the Western Mass. Runners’ Hall of Fame Class of 2024
01-16-2024 2:08 PM

Another talented class of runners will be inducted into the Western Mass Runners’ Hall of Fame in March.The WMRHOF’s Board of Directors announced the inductees for the third class to enter the hall this week, with induction set for March 8 at the...


Daily Hampshire Gazette’s Boys Cross Country Athlete of the Year: Teddy King-Pollet, Northampton
01-09-2024 4:27 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS

When Teddy King-Pollet first started running, he didn’t even know how long a 5K race was. It took just four years for him to become one of the fastest runners in western Mass., and it was thanks in part to his Bat Mitzvah tutor, former Harvard cross...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas coming home from World Athletics Championship with gold and silver medal
08-28-2023 5:56 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

Florence’s Gabby Thomas made her first World Athletics Championships a meet to remember. After an injury just weeks before last year’s USA Track and Field Championships delayed Thomas’ trip to the sport’s biggest stage, Thomas went to Budapest for the...


‘Just flying’: Florence’s Gabby Thomas sets world lead in 200m while winning USA national championship
07-10-2023 2:40 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

The fastest woman over 200 meters in the world comes from Florence, Massachusetts.Gabby Thomas blitzed a stacked field at the USA Track & Field National championships, breaking the tape in 21.60 seconds at Hayward Field in Oregon on Sunday. That mark...


UMass grad Heather MacLean finishes 7th in 1,500m at USATF Outdoor Nationals
07-09-2023 1:28 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

UMass grad Heather MacLean posted a season-best time but couldn't break out of the pack in the women’s 1,500-meter final at the USATF Outdoor Nationals on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.She placed seventh in 4 minutes, 5.29 seconds. That was more than two...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas qualifies for 200m semifinals at USATF Outdoor Championships
07-08-2023 8:26 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Florence’s Gabby Thomas cruised into the women’s 200-meter semifinals at the USATF Outdoor National Championships on Saturday night at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.She led wire to wire in Heat 1 and crossed the line in 22.28 seconds. The Williston...


Florence’s Gabby Thomas, healthy, aiming for 200m gold at 2023 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
07-07-2023 4:36 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

A torn hamstring cost Gabby Thomas the opportunity to compete at last year’s USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. It’s a common injury with a relatively short recovery time – six weeks. “I’ve torn my hamstring before,” the Florence native said....


UMass grad Heather MacLean qualifies for 1,500m final at USATF Outdoor Championships
07-06-2023 11:06 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

UMass grad Heather MacLean ran a tactical 1,500 meters to qualify for the USA Track & Field outdoor championships final.The 2021 Olympian crossed the line second in Heat 2 of Thursday’s first round, comfortably in the top three to advance. MacLean...


Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club brings back race series, beginning Saturday
03-27-2023 8:05 PM

By HANNAH BEVIS 

After a three-year hiatus, the Sugarloaf Mountain Athletic Club is bringing back its race series. The series took a break during the early years of the pandemic, but has returned with a slate of 11 races scheduled between April and November. The races...


Div. 3 indoor track: Amherst’s David Pinero-Jacome wins 1,000-meter state title (PHOTOS)
02-20-2023 4:11 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

BOSTON – David Piñero-Jacome honed his kick all season exactly for that moment.There were 100 meters left in the boys 1,000-meter run at Sunday’s MIAA Division 3 Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Amherst junior ran third on the Reggie Lewis...


Div. 5 indoor track: South Hadley’s Emma Sanford sets school records, wins two state titles (PHOTOS) 
02-16-2023 10:25 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

BOSTON – Emma Sanford turned her head frantically. South Hadley indoor track coach Nick Davis waved at her to take her turn at long jump. She’d already skipped one.MIAA officials, media members, friends, family and fans wanted Sanford to pose for a...


Gabby Thomas named to Olympics 4x100 relay team
07-06-2021 7:34 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Florence’s Gabby Thomas now has a chance at two Olympic medals. After qualifying to run the 200-meter dash individually, the Harvard graduate was named to the USA’s 4x100-meter team Tuesday according to a release by USA Track and Field.She was listed...


Northampton High runners finish what they started
03-17-2020 9:23 PM

By KYLE GRABOWSKI

Tim Jacques, Simon LeClair, Tobias L’Esperance and Ben Howe huddled around a table at the McDonald’s on King Street in Northampton.They heard on Wednesday that New Balance Indoor Nationals was canceled and met Thursday to formulate a plan. The...

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