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The Jed Smith Ultras

Get ready for the 43rd edition of the Jed Smith Ultra Classic. The certified course is nearly identical to the course used for the 2011 World Masters Championship Marathon. Looking for a BQ or PR? This course promises to be fast! Each loop is 4.85 miles long. This is the course Jim Walmsley set the New 50-Mile World Best in the Hoka One One 100k Challenge in May 2019.

Race Date for 2022 TBD

Our Jed Smith Ultra Classic will be different in 2021 from prior years. It will be held at the same location and run on the same fast loop course. That is not changing.


There are, however, some 2021 event modifications: There will only be three (3) race distances available for 2021 Jed Smith Ultra Classic:


  • 50 Mile
  • 50K 
  • Marathon.


The registration limit for this event will be 150 total runners between all three events. 


Contingency COVID -19 plans from the permitting agencies include staggered starts, face coverings, social distancing, packaged nutrition only, no self-serve aid and unfortunately no post-race party. We will post updates as they become available. 


I hope you can join us.


John Feeney

Race Director

Buffalo Chips Running Club

This race is held on a flat 5-mile loop along the American River. Runners cross the Guy West Bridge at the Sacramento State University and at Watt Avenue on the other end.
The race is known to be among the fastest and most competitive in the nation. Beverley Anderson-Abbs, who runs for the Buffalo Chips, broke both the US and Canadian national records for her age group in the 2020 50-mile race. 

We are continuing with the course along the American River that we’ve used since 2011. We believe you will enjoy this scenic route. It is very fast and virtually identical to the marathon course for the 2011 World Masters Championships. This is not a trail race. 

The staging area (start/finish) is the Watt Avenue access to the American River Parkway. 

The 2021 Race

  • Bev Anderson-Abbs
  • Grant Carboni
  • Hans Van Horn
  • Rich Hanna
  • Sherri Kerth
  • Malcolm Richards
  • Brian Marks
  • Tracy Youngstedt
  • Robert Vasquez
  • Thia Angelo
  • Alan Abbs


By Waiman Yip

Under clear skies and moderate temperatures, we were honored to host the first in-person race in Sacramento since March 2020. The Jed Smith Ultra Classic is the only annual local race that has not been postponed or canceled due to the pandemic. It was, however, a little different this year. To provide a safe and healthy event, we limited participation in 3 distances and included temperature checks, face coverings, staggered starts, and packaged nutrition. 

The super fast course did not disappoint. Malcolm Richards shattered the course record with a 2:51:49 finish in the 50k. Rich Hanna, who broke the American age-group record last year for the 50k, broke the American age-group record this year for the 50 miler set in 1981 by more than 2 minutes. We also saw course records for the marathon by Hans Van Horn and Thia Angelo, who both earned Boston Qualifiers. Throughout the day, we also saw many first time marathoners and ultra runners (50k or 50 miler). Whether it was their first or their 108th, we saw so many happy faces, PR’s and BQ’s.

It was a spectacular day to see so many familiar faces (sometimes hard to recognize with masks on) and heartening to see friends and strangers supporting each other to accomplish their goals. 

Bev Anderson-Abbs, who broke the US and Canadian age group record for the 50 miler last year continued to dominate by winning the women’s race this year. Alan Abbs and Grant Carboni both looked strong, coming in 4th and 5th in a very competitive age group where a new American record was set. Sherri Kerth had a great 50k owning her new age group. In the marathon, Robert Vazquez also coming in first in his new age group, Brian Marks volunteering before and after his race, and Tracy Youngstedt looking good.

And to all the volunteers (many pulling double duty): Leo, Kevin Young, Kevin Beile, Chris W, George P, Ralph V, Jen Hart, the Furlongs, Mike V, Kari A, Jennifer Harwood, Charles C, Bill R, Tony Smith, and Allan Fuss. It was great to see so many Chips on and off the course. Sorry if I missed anyone.

A big shout-out to Dennis Scott for getting us through the permitting process, Race Director John Feeney, the tireless efforts of Mansour Monem and the many volunteers out there Saturday. We had to do more with fewer, but thanks to their efforts, we hosted a very safe and successful race.

Find more photos (credit Allan Fuss) here

For race results check here


Register online with UltraSignup here. 


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 hook you up. There will be a 10% discount code for current Buffalo Chips members. Ask if you don’t know it.




50 Miler



50 Km






30 Km







Packet Pick-up

Starting at 6:30 a.m. in the Start/Finish line area. Look for the U-Haul truck and tents at the far west end of the parking area.


Free parking (covered w/ race entry) in the AR Parkway – Watt Ave. River Access Park. (Address: 8713 La Riviera Dr., Sacramento, CA 95826) There are plenty of spaces for runners, volunteers and guests.

Start Times

7:30 am   50 Mile race

8:30 am   50K race (USATF-PA)

8:30 am   Marathon