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 on Sunday. 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 both races, where you see the grasslands around you. This race is a treat for your eyes, and for your legs.
Both races will open as a wait list. This is just in case the event has to be cancelled in 2021. Your credit card is NOT charged when you are placed on the wait list. We will invite runners into the race from the wait list, in order, until reaching capacity. Assuming COVID restrictions, both races will be capped at 250 each.
$100 (Nov 1 – 14, 2020)
$110 (Nov 15 – Dec 31, 2020)
$115 (Jan 1 – May 9, 2021)
$80 (Nov 1 – 14, 2020)
$90 (Nov 15 – Dec 31, 2020)
$95 (Jan 1 – May 9, 2021)
Due to capacity restrictions related to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are not able to put on the 4-mile or the free kids fun runs in 2021.
You can order an optional race shirt/merchandise 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
There will be changes to the 2021 races, in order to protect racers and volunteers from exposure as much as possible. We will post those details here, closer to the race date so that the information is current and most relevant. The changes will also be included in the pre-race email we send the week prior to the event.
You can expect at the least:
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.
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
This is usually the best part of the race – hanging out after you finish, enjoying a beer, hard cider, or chocolate milk while you eat the best burrito you’ve ever had, as you cheer other racers across the finish line. Due to restrictions related to the Coronavirus, there is no post-race for 2021. Racers will need to leave the finish area, after they catch their breath, so as to keep the number of people gathering low.
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).
We love volunteers and our racers do too! 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.
The Smith Rock Ascent 50K provided 2 points toward every race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® for 2020 (2021 points pending annual re-approval).
We acknowledge that these races occur on the traditional homelands of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs and the Tenino Tribe.