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The Jed Smith Ultras

50 mile, 50K, Marathon, 30k and Half Marathon 
Next Race Date: February 2021 (exact date tbd)


2020 Results

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. 

The race info for 2020 below will be updated for 2021 soon. 

Get ready for the 42th Edition of the Jed Smith Ultra Classic. We’ve added a full Marathon this year! It’s a certified course and 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.




Check out the cool swag, finisher medals and Hoo-rag. Available only to the first 150 entrants.


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.

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)

8:30AM – Marathon

9:30AM – 30K & 1/2 Marathon




1) Register online with UltraSignup here

2) If you like old school, use the printable registration form below and mail it in.

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.



after Jan 12

race day

50 Miler



50 Km






30 Km







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 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.