Welcome to the Smith Rock Ascent! Spend the weekend at one of the most scenic places in Oregon – Smith Rock State Park. Whether you prefer to run on trails or on the road, we have a course that you’ll love. Saturday is all about trails. Choose from a 50K, 15 mile or 4 mile route, all run on trails throughout the park. There’s even a free kids race. Sunday is road day. With a half marathon and 10K, you’ll be able to stretch your legs on this flat and fast course, with views of the rock faces.
$120 (Day of Race, if space available)
$100 (Day of Race, if space available)
$65 (Day of Race, if space available)
Kids Fun Run (approx 0.5 mile): FREE. You can also sign up race morning.
You can order an optional race shirt for extra during the registration process through April 7.
Please note that there are no transfers to other runners. If you need to cancel your registration and it’s more than 30 days prior to the race, you will receive a 50% credit toward a future Go Beyond Racing race. If your cancellation is 30 days or less from race day, there is no credit, no refund, or no transfer. See our cancellation policy for details.
The course is newly updated, with even more fantastic views. The 50K lollipop style course that involves ~4100 ft of elevation gain has amazing views of the Cascade mountains, the sheer rock faces at Smith Rock State Park and the unique beauty of the grasslands. 75% of the course is on sweet single-track trails. There are 4 fully stocked aid stations. There is a cut-off at the final aid station (#4). All racers must leave this aid station by 3:00 pm.
The 15-mile race quickly rises above the dramatic cliffs in one of Oregon’s most scenic state parks. With over 3,000 vertical gain, the route ascends to the top of Gray Butte with panoramic views of central Oregon and the Three Sisters. Then your reward, an almost uninterrupted descent with spectacular views of the sheer rock faces that make Smith Rock State Park a mecca for climbers. There is a cut-off at the final aid station (#2). All racers must leave this aid station by 3:00 pm.
4 mile trail race! For those that don’t want to go 15miles or 50K, but still want incredible views and sweet single-track, then this is the option.
The kids mile fun run runs along the top of the race start/finish area. All kids will receive a finisher medal. It is a great way to get the entire family participating in running.
Bib pickup is at FootZone (842 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon 97701) on Friday, May 12 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You can also pick your bib up race morning at the race start, beginning at 7:00 am
There will be a burrito bar from Longboard Louie’s for all the runners and volunteers. Families and friends can eat too, we just ask for a $5 donation. We hope you stay and enjoy the fun!
The top 3 male/female finishers will receive very nice products from some of our sponsors. There are also many random prizes that we will be giving to finishers.
Allow 3 hours from Portland or Salem. Directions to Smith Rock State Park from Portland can be found here.
There is a $5 parking fee to park at Smith Rock. Please be sure you pay the fee at one of the fee stations. If you don’t, you will be ticketed. Be sure to bring cash!
Camping is available at Smith Rock State Park here. Other nearby lodging options are here. Multiple lodging options exist in Bend (30 minutes to start/finish), Redmond (15 minutes) and Madras (25 minutes).
See how beautiful the park is with the Smith Rock Webcam here.
We love volunteers and our racers do to! To make this race a success we need people to help at bib pickups, race start and finish, aid stations, and on the trail. You can sign up for the assignment you’d like on Ultrasignup. Click on the green Volunteer button with the heart.
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The Smith Rock Ascent 50K provides 2 points toward every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®