From the 2018 race onward, the race has been renamed for Nancy Conz, who passed away on February 8, 2017. Nancy’s record on the 10-miler course set in 1986 remains unbroken. Nancy was an inspiration for Western Massachusetts runners and was a pioneer in women’s running. She finished second at the 1980 London International Marathon, and won the 1981 Ottawa Marathon and the 1982 Chicago Marathon. Nancy also set an American record of 1:08:45 for the 20K at New Haven in 1982, which still stands as the record for a women’s-only race. She also still holds the U.S. record for the one-hour run; 10 miles 1,290 yards, run at the University of Massachusetts in 1981.  Nancy was known for her kindness, humility, and dedication, exemplifying all the best of our sport.