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.
50K: (SOLD OUT)
$120 (Day of Race)
15 Mile: (SOLD OUT)
$100 (Day of Race)
4 Mile:* (SOLD OUT)
$65 (Day of Race)
Kids Fun Run (approx 0.5 mile): FREE. You can sign up race morning.
*Happy Mother’s Day! Moms can run the 4-mile race for FREE when they register and pay for their son or daughter for the 4-miler at the same time. The child must be 12 years of age or under. Use coupon code MomsFree at checkout.
You can order an optional race shirt for extra during the registration process through April 10.
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 trail 50K and 15M are part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series.
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. This distance is part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series. 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. This race is part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series. 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. This race is NOT part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series.
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.
Packet pickup location is at FootZone in Bend, on Friday May 7, from 4:00-7:00 pm, and on the morning of the race beginning at 7:00 am at the start.
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.
If you’d like to volunteer for the races, you can see the shifts and sign up here.
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2016 Smith Rock Ascent 50K is provides 2 points toward every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® and is also part of the Trail Runner Trophy Series