JULY 22, 2023
The Smokey and the Half Smokey will be back for 2023 and are again designed to blend long distance running with compass navigation for solo racers (however running with others is acceptable). The courses for both distances will again be equally challenging and scenic to run on and will provide their own set of challenges based on terrain and time limits. The Full Smokey may be 10 hours in duration again but this might change, while its cousin the Half Smokey is...well...half the duration (5 hours or maybe not...we will see). Like the 2022 race, The Smokey is a mostly self-supported style event (with minimal aid) and, as this race is smack in the middle of the summer, you need to be prepared for the heat, but have no fear, we will have water and ice at both our start/finish point and, for the full Smokey only, our transition area. Come experience a beautiful and challenging race with typical adventure running terrain, lots of elevation change, creek crossings and a whole lot of running - so lots of adventure.
The 2022 Race had two finishers of the Full Smokey, Harper Forbes, who took the overall win and Derrick Bessette. Una Hall also had a great showing at the inaugural race.
In the Half Smokey we saw a lot of smiles but not a single finisher in the assigned timeframe (some competitors finished the course but as they were over time, their results are a part of the universals Half Smokey DNF) Will this change for the 2023 event?
If you are looking for a timed result, come back for 2023 and finish the course. Fair warning, it won't be easier BUT it will be just as much fun!
Junior Men & Junior Women (Half Smokey only), Open Men, Open Women, Masters Men (45+), Masters Women (45+)
[all ages as of December 31, 2023].
** NOTE: THIS EVENT IS LIMITED TO 50 ATHLETES IN EACH OF THE SMOKEY AND HALF SMOKEY RACES.
Full Smokey: 50-60ish km
Half Smokey: 25-30ish km
Full Smokey competitors will have 10 hours (or more) to run various point-to-point map segments. All other details are yet to be determined for 2023
The Half Smokey course will take half the time (5 hours) and be roughly half the distance, but you still get to experience many of the same challenges, and joys, as it's full cousin. Details yet to come for 2023
Full Smokey ~ $170
Half Smokey ~ $125
* Race fee will include swag (including the Smokey Socks), post race food and beer.
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
Full Smokey (10 hour time limit): Start at 6am / Finish by 4pm (TBC)
Half Smokey (5 hour time limit): Start at 11am / Finish by 4pm (TBC)
* Check-in and first map distribution: one hour prior to start
POST RACE FOOD & BEER (TBC)
There will be food, there will be beer.
REQUIRED GEAR - Full & Half Smokey
Emergency space blanket
Water and electrolytes (water drops will be available in certain locations)
Appropriate nutrition for a long day on your feet (think 'self-supported')
Small First Aid kit
Fully Charged Cell Phone
A really good attitude (which we had in spades in 2022, you all were awesome!)
Full Smokey only: any other personal items you deem necessary for a full day of racing may be placed in a drop bag which will be delivered to the transition area.