The Smith Rock Ascent races have quickly been growing in popularity for numerous reasons. They have a distance for everyone, from the popular 50K to the less treacherous 4 miler. They even have a free kids run on both days (May 18-19). The 50K Starts at 8 AM on Saturday, May 1 while the 15 and 4 mile runs start at 8 AM and 8:30 AM respectively on Sunday, May 19th. As the name implies, these routes take you through the gorgeous Smith Rock State Park, located about 35 minutes north of Bend in Terrebonne, Oregon.
The 50K is undoubtedly the most popular of the distances with approximately 4800 feet of elevation gain and an epic view of everything Smith Rock has to offer from the magnificent views of the Cascade Mountain range to the beautiful and unique rock features found throughout the park. The course circles around both Gray Butte and Monkey Face. There are 4 aid stations located on this course that are fully stocked with your commonly supplied gels, drinks, and snacks. This course will also give you 2 points as a UTMB qualifier.
Smith Rock Ascent’s 15 miler actually ascends to the peak of Gray Butte rather than looping it with an impressive elevation gain of around 3000 feet of elevation and 2 fully stocked aid stations. This is an excellent option to still take in the views that Smith Rock has to offer yet avoid running for 50 kilometers.
The 4 miler is going to be a perfect option for those not wanting to run for hours yet still enjoy a scenic trail run. You’ll still have roughly 1000 feet of elevation here while also taking in the beautiful Crooked River that runs through the park. There are no aid stations on the 4 miler but the loop takes you back to the start near the entrance of the park.
The beneficiary for these runs is the Central Oregon Running Klub’s Youth Program giving kids the opportunity to develop and improve their running.
When: May 18th for the 50K, May 19th for the 15 and 4 Miler
Where: Smith Rock State Park Terrebonne, OR
Time: 8 AM for the 50K and 15 Miler, 8:30 AM for the 4 Miler
Registration: Click here