Treat Yo’ Self at the 2022 Smith Rock Ascent (Terrebonne)

The first thing that stands out to me in reading about the Smith Rock Ascent races is the lovely sense of humor by the race directors: “This race is a treat for your eyes, and for your legs.” Considering they are talking about a 50K with 4,100 feet of elevation gain, a 15-miler with over 3,000 feet of gain, and a 4-miler that goes over Misery Ridge… “Treat” isn’t the word my legs would be screaming by the finish line.

But with gorgeous views in Smith Rock State Park, maybe I can convince my head and heart to go where my legs will just have to follow.

Smith Rock Ascent includes three distance options over the course of one weekend in May. Plus free kids races both days to treat those little who joined in the camping adventure. Views of Three Sisters and Mt. Jefferson, along with grasslands in the valleys, are promised to those who take on one or more events. Saturday is the 50K with a lollipop course using primarily single-track trails throughout the park. Then on Sunday there are 15 and 4 mile races that will have you heading skyward for amazing views and then steep descents toward the finish.

All participants must park off-site and use the shuttle into the park to help protect the environment and get everyone where they need to be on time. Shuttles will loop between the park and Smith Rock Ranch throughout the afternoons to support folks heading home with their treated legs and proud smiles.

Smith Rock Ascent (Terrebonne)
When: Saturday, May 14: 50K at 7:30am. Sunday, May 15: 15-mile at 7:30am, 4-mile at 8am. Free Kids race both mornings at 8:30am.
Where: Parking at Smith Rock Ranch (1250 NE Wilcox Avenue)
Register: Online
Packet Pick-Up: Friday May 13 from 3-5:30pm at FootZone Bend (842 NW Wall Street) or race morning.
Cost: 50K for $120. 15-mile for $100. 4-mile for $55.

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