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Race Preview: Smith Rock Ascent 5/9/2015 (Terrebone, Oregon)

Go Beyond Racing presents the Smith Rock Ascent on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebone, Oregon.

Go Beyond Racing presents the Smith Rock Ascent on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Smith Rock State Park in Terrebone, Oregon.

The Smith Rock Ascent features a 50k, 15-miler and 4-miler; however, the 15 and 4 miler events are sold out for 2015 as of the writing of this post. This post will focus on the 50k race. Want to run a double? I'm always up for a weekend of doubling up on races. The weekend of May 9 & 10 will offer you a fantastic opportunity  to spend the weekend at gorgeous Smith Rock State Park, and take in a trail run on Saturday, and a road run on Sunday. Sunday features a half marathon or 10k road race. Let's focus on the trail runs occurring Saturday, May 9. There are three distances to choose from; however, for 2015, the 15 and 4 mile events are sold out, so add this to your watch-list for 2016 and get registered before they sell out next year. (I am penciling the 15-miler or 50k in on my race calendar for 2016). The 50k event at Smith Rock Ascent is part of the Northwest Mountain Trail Series.

For those participating in the 50k, note that the route is brand-spankin’-new, and includes more eye-candy (spectacular views – that’s what Smith Rock is all about!). Your legs will be screaming after you complete the approximately 4,100 feet of elevation gain that presents over the “lollipop-style” course. Three-quarters of the time you’ll be on some awesome single track trails.  There are three distinct times you will ascend and descend, with all three of the descents dropping approximately 1,000 feet each time. You’ll have four fully stocked aid stations out there to assist you with getting to the finish line. These will be at mile 7.6, 12.7, 19.4 and 26.4 approximately. Make sure to bring any aid you will need between the four aid stations. No crew access or drop bags are permitted on the course. There is a cut-off point at aid station 4; all racers must be completely through this aid station by 3 p.m.

Packets will be available for pick-up at Footzone Bend on Friday from 4-7 p.m., or you may retrieve your packet race morning beginning at 6 a.m. Camping is available at Smith Rock, or grab a hotel in nearby Bend, Redmond or Madras.  Important to note (because I have received a ticket once!), bring $5 cash to pay for parking at Smith Rock. Products will be bestowed upon the top three male and top three female finishers, thanks for the fantastic sponsors of the Smith Rock Ascent. Sponsors include Ultimate Direction, Altra, Patagonia and Fitsok (just to name a few!). Also, random prizes to all finishers will occur. And, don’t forget to stick around for the post-race BBQ that is available for participants, family and all the wonderful volunteers.

Nice view from the trail on the Smith Rock Ascent course (Photo Credit: Paul Nelson)

Nice view from the trail on the Smith Rock Ascent course (Photo Credit: Paul Nelson)

And … let’s not forget the Kids Fun Run that will be taking place. Smith Rock is so conducive to bringing the entire family along for a great adventure. In the spirit of that, if you are bringing little ones, they can participate in a Kids Fun Run. This 1-mile race will run along the top of the start/finish line area. Kids will receive a finisher medal upon crossing the glorious finish line.

Seriously – pack up the family and choose from lots of racing opportunities available to you over Mother’s Day weekend at Smith Rock, thanks to Go Beyond Racing!

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Distance: 50k, 15-miler, 4-miler, Kids Fun Run
Start Time: 8 a.m. for the 50k, 8:10 for the 4-miler, 8:30 a.m. for the 15-miler, 9:45 for the Kids Fun Run
Cost: $90 for the 50k until April 30, then $100. The 15-miler and 4-miler are sold out for 2015.
Register: Click here to register

About Jessica Mumme (235 Articles)
Jessica Mumme, a Portland native, currently lives in Eugene with her husband and three cats (children). Her favorite distances are the 10k and marathon, but she will run any race distances, and especially loves competing in running events. She is Half Fanatic #2635, and has completed 42 half marathons since May, 2009. Jessica tackled her first ultra marathon distance at the 2015 McKenzie River Trail 50k Ultra. See her race calendar and other fun stuff at her personal blog, runjessica.com.

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