America's 10th Oldest Marathon  and  the 19th Oldest Marathon in the World....



53rd Annual
Sunday May 3rd, 2015  8:00am

2014 Results HERE!!!   Updated 5/16/2014

New this year: 2-person relay (2 13.1 mile legs), entry fee $100 per team, relay categories are Female, Male, Co-Ed (one M and one F), Masters ( any gender, total ages must add up to 80+ years)

Griffins Friends Runners
If you are running for Griffins Friends please use the link to register for the race.


HISTORY:  The Race of Champions Marathon is held in memory of Walter H. Childs Sr., the founder of the race who died in 1991. 

There may be some changes to the course this year we will update this information as we get it.
The race is a full marathon, 26.2 miles.  The course is USATF certified #MA12039JK Map and can be used as a qualifying race for entry into the Boston Marathon.  The course is very scenic including country roads, both dirt and paved.

Directions to Race Start and Finish:
From I-91North
Take Exit 17A to Route 5N (a right off exit and left at light): Follow Rt 5 North 1.2 miles
and take a left at light onto Mt Tom Access Rd. 

Follow Mt Tom Access Rd to the I-91overpass, approx .6 miles up the road. This is the finish line.

To get to the start line take the right at the gated road just after the overpass up Mt Tom Ski Rd for one mile to the former Ski Lodge.  Parking is allowed on both sides of road.  The race start line is approx 200 yards past the Ski Lodge inside the gravel yard.
Directions: Ski Lodge 5 Mt Tom Ski Rd

From I-91South:
Take Exit 17 to Route5 South turn right onto Mt Tom Access Rd. Follow directions above

Early Number Pick-up:

Friday & Saturday May 1st-2nd until p.m.
Fast Feet Running Store
231 Elm St,
  West Springfield
Phone (413) 734-0955.

Race-Day Registration & Number Pick-up:
We will be setting up a registration tent at the finish area for race day registration and number pick-up.
It will not be at Hamel's or at the start area as in previous years.
The finish area is one mile from the start area.
We will publish more details as we finalize start and finish area parking transportation etc.

Post Race Party & Awards Ceremony
Sunday May 4th - Time: TBD
Summit View Banquet & Meeting House @ Pavilion
Post Race food for all finishers by Hamels Catering 

555 Northampton
St (Route 5)
Parking and restroom facilities are available in the rear by the Pavilion area.
Directions from finish area

Awards:    TBA
1st place relay category winners will get merchandise prizes
Overall Male & Female: 1st $250, 2nd $150 3rd $100
Age Group Winners: $50 (1-39,40-49,50-59,60+)
Overall Team: $200 Top 3 Scorers

Merchandise prizes to male and female winners in Open, Masters, Seniors, and Veterans age groups. The first 150 entrants will receive commemorative T-shirts. 
All finishers will also receive a finishing medallion.

LODGING:   There are many motels in the area, particularly on Route 5, Exit 13 off I-91 in West Springfield. Including: Days’ Inn (413-785-5365), Red Roof Inn (413-731-1010), Clarion (413-781-8750).  In addition the America’s Best Value Inn, 671 Northampton Ave. (413 536-3377), Holyoke Hotel & Conference Center, at exit 15 (413 534-3311), and Yankee Peddlar Inn at exit 16 (413 532 9494) are located nearer to the start in Holyoke.

RESTAURANTS:  There are a variety of restaurants along Route 5 from West Springfield to Holyoke. For the traditional carbo-loading, we suggest Red Rose Pizzeria, 1074 Main St., Springfield, also IHOP at the junction of Route 5 and Elm St. in West Springfield, Pizzeria Uno at the Holyoke Mall (exit 15 rte 91, Bertucci’s on rte 5 near the Riverdale shops, JP’s, and Cracker Barrel  on Whiting Farm Rd off of  rte 91exit 15.

If you have any questions, contact us


Jiffy Lube

Chestnut Medical
300 Birnie Ave
Springfield, MA
(413) 785-5344


Marox Corp
Holyoke, MA

Salon Bocage
44 Walnut Street
Chicopee, MA 01020



Course Records:
Dave Hanechak (GSH)
2:29:48 (1995)
Cheryl Dube (BRC)
3:03:00 (1994)


Last modified: 20-Feb-2015