The Jed Smith Ultra Classic is a very fast, flat loop course and it has seen some of the fastest 50K and 50 mile times in recent US history. The loop is approximately five miles in length and a mix of paved bike path and dirt road. This is not a trail run.
Please note: Due to some levee work on the south Howe crossing, there will be a short detour around the construction site, which will have you running a short distance along the sidewalk on La Riviera Drive. This work was supposed to be complete in November, but we've just learned it will most likely still be in progress on race day. We will accurately measure the course to include this detour, but there is a possibility the course won't be certified. (It is our intention to do so, but may not have time.) This won't affect the majority of runners, but please check with us ahead of time if you are looking to set a record or run a 100K world championship qualifying time.
The Jed Smith Ultra Classic will be run along the American River on a course that we believe you will really enjoy. The staging area (start/finish) is the Watt Avenue access to the American River Parkway. Parking is included in the price of registration. It is a certified course and each loop is 4.85 miles long. It is nearly identical to the course used for the 2011 World Masters Championship Marathon. See the event website for additional details.
The Jed Smith 50Km is typically the first event in the Pacific Association USA Track and Field Ultra Grand Prix Series. In order to qualify for Grand Prix points and awards, you must be a PAUSATF member prior to the start of the race. Runners may join PAUSATF online.
The “service fee” for on-line registration is included in the price.
Local time: 9:40 AM
This race is run in the natural environment and subject to the whims of nature. We will do whatever we can to ensure the race goes as planned, but there may be inconveniences.