The Smith Rock Ascent races have become so popular, and it is easy to see why. You get to spend the weekend at one of the most scenic places in Oregon – Smith Rock State Park. The event spans the whole weekend, with a 50K on Saturday and the 15-Mile and 4-Mile races on Sunday. There are kids fun runs on both days. There’s a trail race distance for everyone.
The trails in and around the state park provide stunning views of the rock faces where you’ll see climbers scaling the tall walls, as well as vistas of the Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson. You’ll get up high in all three races, where you see the grasslands around you. This race is a treat for your eyes, and for your legs.
Kids Fun Run (approx 0.5 mile) on both Saturday and Sunday: FREE. You can also sign up race morning.
You can order an optional race shirt for extra during the registration process through March 31.
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 full cancellation policy for details.
Friday, May 14, 2021
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Sunday, May 16, 2021
The kids fun run runs along the top of the race start/finish area and is about a half-mile. All kids will receive a finisher medal. It is a great way to get the entire family participating in running.
ALL RACERS will park off-site and take a shuttle to and from the race. Racers will park at the Smith Rock Ranch (1250 NE Wilcox Ave, Terrebonne, OR). The shuttle and ranch parking fee is included in your registration.
Shuttle buses will leave from the Smith Rock Ranch to take runners to the park from 6:15 to 7:15 a.m. on Saturday and 6:15 to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Don’t be late! The post-race shuttle will run every 30 minutes from the state park to take runners back to their cars at Smith Rock Ranch, from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Runners can have a finish line drop bag so you’ll have clothes and shoes to change into when you finish. You’ll place your drop bag in a U-haul when you get off the shuttle/before the start.
All spectators parking at Smith Rock State Park must have a valid day-use OPRD parking permit. These permits are for sale on site for $5.
We are continuing our Carpool Coaster program to encourage as many racers to share a ride as possible. Plan to carpool and earn your wood race coaster! We have a public Google carpool sheet where you can post to offer or look for a ride.
The aid stations at this Smith Rock race will have the typical ultra fare: PB&J, chips and cookies, pretzels, pickles, fruit, GU gels, GU electrolyte drink, soda and water. Runners are welcome to carry their own food too.
Bib pickup is at FootZone (842 NW Wall Street, Bend, Oregon 97701) on Friday, May 15 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. You can also pick your bib up race morning at the start, beginning at 7:00 am
There is 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 awards and products from our sponsors. We also have awards for 1st-3rd place age group winners, in 10-year age categories. There are plenty of great raffle prizes too.
Allow 3 hours from Portland or Salem. Directions to Smith Rock State Park from Portland are here.
Camping is available at Smith Rock State Park here. Camping around the park is first-come, first-served and fills up quickly. Other nearby lodging options are here. Lodging options exist in Bend (30 minutes to start/finish) and
in 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.
We’re all over social media and the trail running community is active:
We do have a few rules that apply to all Go Beyond Racing races. Be sure you are familiar with them.
Need help getting ready for this Smith Rock race? Talk to our friends at Wy’east Wolfpack. They provide excellent coaching and training services.
Is this going to be your first ultra? You can follow along with this podcast by Becoming Ultra to hear how two people are preparing to make the Smith Rock Ascent 50K their firsts:
The Smith Rock Ascent 50K provided 2 points toward every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® for 2020.