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.
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.
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