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The Jed Smith Ultras

Jed Smith 2021

Race pictures

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

Jed Smith Scheduled for February 27, 2021

Check here for results. View pictures (Credit: Allan Fuss) of the event here. Click here to read our race re-cap. 


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

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.

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. 


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