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The Jed Smith Ultras

The 44th edition of the Jed Smith Ultra Classic is held on a certified course (Boston Qualifier) that is nearly identical to the course used for the 2011 World Masters Championship Marathon. Each loop on this fast course is 4.85 miles long.

Jim Walmsley set the New 50-Mile World Best in the Hoka One One 100k Challenge on this course in May 2019, and Beverley Anderson-Abbs broke both the US and Canadian national records for her age group in the 2020 50-Mile event.

Runners cross the Guy West Bridge at Sacramento State University and at Watt Avenue at the other end. Most of the course follows a paved bike path.

The staging area (Start/Finish) can be reached from the Watt Avenue access to the American River Parkway. See directions below.


Register online with UltraSignup here. 

Registration for 2022 is closed. See you in 2023.

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 will assist. There will be a 10% discount code for current Buffalo Chips members. 

Registration Costs

Take advantage of our low prices during the Early Bird registration period October 30 - December 12. The race is capped at 200 participants and sells out early. 


Early Bird

Oct. 30 - Dec. 12


Dec. 13 - Jan. 16


Jan. 17 - Feb. 2  Race Day
50 Miles $90 $100 $110 $125
50K $80 $90 $100 $115
26.2 $75 $85 $95 $110
30K $60 $70 $80 $95
13.1 $50 $60 $70



Start Times

7:30 am   50 M

8:30 am   50K and Marathon

9:30 am   30K and Half Marathon

6:00 pm   All events close

Cut-off: All runners must start their final lap no later than 4:40pm.



Packet Pick-up

Packet pick-up and Race Day registration is at 6:30 am - 9:00 am. There is  no pre-race day pick-up.

Vaccination Requirement

All Jed Smith participants will be required to produce either of the following to participate in the race:

  • Proof of a complete vaccination series OR
  • Negative COVID-19 test from within 72 hours of race day (starting Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30 am).
  • Participants must bring to Packet Pickup an original paper copy, digital copy, photocopy, or photo of their vaccination or negative test proof.

Note: The race will be held rain or shine. There are no refunds. 

Should the race be canceled due to Covid 19 health concerns, registrations will  be rolled over to the 2023 event.

Preview the Long-sleeved T-Shirt and the 2022 Medals

Contact the Race Director

John Feeney

Buffalo Chips Running Club

Directions and Parking

Free parking (covered w/ race entry) is available in the American River Parkway area right next to the start and finish line. (Address: 8713 La Riviera Dr., Sacramento, CA 95826.) There are plenty of spaces for runners, volunteers and guests.