Race Day Update: 1-29-2019
Runner update for 2019, the 41th Edition, Jed Smith Ultra Classic race:
According to Accuweather, looks like Mother Nature will be bring some rain for us this year. Our American River Parkway course is in good shape and ready for some fast times on Saturday. River water levels are normal for this time of year, no predictions of flooding. Weather forecast is for rain with cool morning temps, low 48 & high 56 with winds of 10mph. The Jed Smith course is inside the river levee and protected, for the most part, from the wind.
Free parking (covered w/ race entry) in the AR Parkway – Watt Ave. River Access Park. (Address: 8713 La Riviera Dr., Sacramento, CA 95826) There is plenty of spaces for runners, volunteers and guests.
Packet Pick Up:
Pick up will be done Saturday morning, beginning at 6:30AM in the Start/Finish line area. Look for the U-Haul truck and tents at the far west end of the parking area.
Start times: 7:30AM - 50 Mile race
8:30AM - 50K race (USATF-PA)
9:30AM - 30K & 1/2 Marathon
Race day tracking and results will be provided by Capital Road Race Management at the following link: https://www.athlinks.com/event/7981/results/Event/837790/Results
All races start at the west end of the parking lot and do a 2-4 mile out-an-back heading east through the parking lot and continuing upstream along the south bank of the river, then turning around and coming back to the start/finish line. Then you will start running the 4.9 mile loop course from there up to the Guy West Bridge crossing the river to the north bank and running back to Watt Avenue Bridge crossing the river again and running through the parking lot to complete the loop course and repeated 2 to 10 times depending on distance of your race.
Aid Stations: There will be two, the main one at Start/Finish line area and the other on the north side of the river next to the Howe Avenue Bridge. Aid Stations will be well stocked with soda, water & sports drink; candy, gel, salty snacks and other Ultra grub. The Finish line Aid Station will also have hot soup and post run food & beverages to enjoy.
We could not put this race on without the great volunteers and supporting local running community organizations. Please say Thank You to them during the day. The Buffalo Chips Running Club is a 99% volunteer organization dedicated to support your running experience and we appreciate you joining us at Jed Smith Ultra Classic.
Let me know if you have any questions and we will see you on Saturday.
2019 Jed Smith Ultra Classic, 41st Annual
41st Edition of the Jed Smith Ultra Classic race will be held on February 2, 2019.
Registration is now open.
We could not put this race on without the great volunteers and supporting local running community organizations. The Buffalo Chips Running Club is a 99% volunteer organization dedicated to support your running experience..
Let me know if you have any questions..
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: The levee work that has plagued us the past few years is finally complete and the course is in excellent condition as of September 21, 2018. Times should be faster as the course will include fewer turns and hills. Please let us know 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.
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.
Local time: 8:58 AM