Jed Smith Ultras

jed Smith Ultras - Fastest Ultra in the west

50 mile, 50K, 30k and Half Marathon – Saturday, February 3, 2018





Runner update for 2018

The 40th Edition, Jed Smith Ultra Classic 

Mother Nature has been good to us this year, so far. Our usual American River Parkway course is dry, clear and ready for some fast times on Saturday. No high water or flooding this year! Weather forecast is for cool morning temps, sunshine during the day, with high about 70 degrees.


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
9:30AM – 30K & Hath Marathon

Course Description

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 3 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 during 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.
Little History note: The 1st Jed Smith was a 50 mile race with a point to point course. It started in the City of Marysville at Ellis Lake Park. After a couple loops around the Lake it was out of town on the highway to Sacramento. There were few check-in spots at off-ramps/intersections along the way with water. If/when you are having a bad patch Saturday think about those adventurous pioneers running along Highway 99, things could be worse? :o)
Let me know if you have any questions and we will see you on Saturday.
John Feeney


2017 Race Results                                                

Half Marathon Overall
30K Overall
50K Overall
50Mile Overall

Prior year’s results can be found at Capitol Road Race Management.

Men’s 50K Course Records

Age Name Time Year
under 30 Mike Gottardi 3:10:21 1996
30-39 Dennis Rinde 3:02:41 1993
40-49 Rich Hanna 3:13:06 1996
50-59 Billy Mertens 3:16:29 2017
60-69 Ray Piva 3:50:02 1992
70-79 Bill Dodson 5:12:50 2009
 80+ Bill Dodson 5:48:05  2016

Women’s 50k Course Records

Age Name Time Year
under 30 Devon Crosby-Helms 3:32:02 2007
30-39 Mary Coordt 3:36:52 2005
40-49 Mo Bartley 3:56:13 1996
50-59 Beverley Anderson-Abbs 3:48:06 2016
60-69 Myra Rhodes 4:39:46 1993
70-79 Myra Rhodes 4:46:23 2003
80+ Helen Klein 5:57:53 2003


1) Online Registration —->  Registration will open in fall 2017, click here to register. There is no fee for online registration.

2) Although we’d rather you register online, if you must, here is the Printable Entry Form (PDF). As mentioned above, there is no fee for online registration.

3) PA winner discounts should automatically apply when you register online, as long as we have the correct email address on file. If it doesn’t work, send us a note and we”ll hook you up. There will be a discount code for current Buffalo Chips members. Ask if you don’t know it.


On-line registration opens fall 2017.

Before 12/18/17 12/18/17 to 1/14/18 1/15/18 to Race day
50 miles $70 $85 $95
50k $60 $75 $85
30k $45 $55 $60
13.1 miles $40 $50 $55

For this year’s race, we are continuing with the course along the American River that we’ve used since 2011. We believe you will really enjoy this course. The staging area (start/finish) is the Watt Avenue access to the American River Parkway. We found this to be a very fast course, and virtually identical to the marathon course for the 2011 World Masters Championships. This is not a trail race.

Some asphalt

Some dirt

The course starts out at the Watt Avenue access on the south side of the river (off La Riviera Dr). Head west on the paved bike path along the south side of the river to the Guy West Bridge. Cross the river and head east along the levee road to Howe Ave. Run under Howe Ave and proceed along the dirt road next to the levee to Watt Ave. Cross the river on the Watt Avenue bridge and run down the steep, short hill to the start. Repeat as necessary.

There is a Gmaps Pedometer map.

Aid stations will be at the start/finish area and at the Howe Ave bridge on the north side of the river. There are also drinking fountains and restrooms along the course.

Pacific Association USATF Grand Prix:

The Jed Smith 50Km is traditionally 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.

For further information, you may access the PAUSATF website , or contact Grand Prix Scorer Gary Wang at or (408) 961-6277.

Membership applications are also available in California Track & Running News (sent free bi-monthly to members) or from the PAUSATF office at 120 Ponderosa Court, Folsom 95630, (916) 983-4715.


Race special

Run any one of the Jed Smith Ultra distances to kick off the PA- Ultra Grand Prix season and attend the LDR Banquet that evening in Sacramento with a special $20 package discount by signing up for both.

Banquet details

When February 3, 2018, 5:30PM No-host cocktails
Where Dante Club, Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95825
Speaker Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 10,000m

Race Director’s Message

The Jed Smith Ultra Classic is a very fast, flat loop course and it has seen some of the fastest 50 km and 50 mile times in recent history.

Race Day Schedule:

  • Packet Pickup opens at 6:30 AM
  • 50-mile race starts at 7:30 AM
  • 50 km race starts at 8:30 AM
  • 30 km and half marathon race starts at 9:30 AM
  • Race closes at 6:00 PM.