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THE SMOKEY

JULY 21, 2024

The Smokey and the Half Smokey will be back for 2024 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, while its cousin the Half Smokey is...well...half the duration (5 hours). Like the 2023 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.  

2023 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

This years race was one for the books! 

In the Full Smokey, competition was tight throughout with Chad Spence, Mark Adams, Zack Reimer, Derrick Bessette and Chris Laughren battling for the top spot. Chad, in combining top notch speed and navigation eventually took the top position in a time of 7:22.42. The fight for 2nd went back and forth until the savvy navigation veteran that is Mark Adams, who showed he still had wheels, rolled into second position in a time of 7:48.65, followed by Zack in third with a time of 8:35.

 

4th, 5th and 6th place went to Derrick, Chris and Una. Una, making her return trip to the Smokey provided some excitement finishing the race with 5 minutes to spare!

In the Half Smokey, we were nervous that we would, for the second year, not have a finisher. We shouldn't have worried, competitors just wanted to put on a show as all of our finishers came in with under 20 minutes to spare. 

Finishers of the Half Smokey for this year are:

1st Dimitry Galamiyev

2nd Andrew Thompson

2nd Allison Thompson 

3rd Heidi Langenberg

4th Matt Barrett

4th William Maize 

5th Elena Sitnikova

6th Erik Kovessy

6th Darren Bimm

Special shoutouts go to Kurt Schmidt, Tom Wronecki, Erin Jarvis, Margaret Stefels, Artem Rodin our own Patrick Saile, Michael and Lake Johnston and Tim Shields. 

2023 PHOTOS HERE

2023 RESULTS HERE

SEE YOU IN JULY!!

START LOCATION

City View Park

 

CATEGORIES

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.

RACE DISTANCES

Full Smokey: 50-60ish (10 hours max) 
Half Smokey: 25-30ish (5 hours max)

RACE FORMATS

Full Smokey competitors will have 10 hours (or more) to run various point-to-point maps

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. If you have completed one of our Raids or a 25km trail race (and have some navigation experience), this race is for you. Although a challenge, this race will be approachable and has a good amount of both navigation but also open trail running.

RACE FEE

Full Smokey ~ $170

Half Smokey ~ $125

* Race fee will include swag and post race food

RACE DAY SCHEDULE

Full Smokey (10 hour time limit): Start at 8am / Finish by 6pm 

Half Smokey (5 hour time limit): Start at 9am/ Finish by 2pm 

* Check-in and first map distribution: one hour prior to start

POST RACE FOOD & BEER

Pizza and beverages will be provided following the races 

AID STATION

There will be a primary aid station at the start/finish, an aid station on route (also a drop bag location) and a water drop on course.

The full Smokey will likely revisit the Start/Finish Aid station two times (TBD) and the additional aid station. There will also be a water drop on the farthest section of the course. You may have a personal aid station set up at the start/finish (along with provided aid) and you may also send a drop bag to the on course aid station. 

REQUIRED GEAR -  Full & Half Smokey

Compass

Hydration Pack

Whistle

Emergency space blanket

Water and electrolytes (water drops will be available at the aid station/transition and potentially on course (TBD)

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 our previous racesyou 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 aid station on course.

CONTACT

Jay Thompson

jay.dontgetlost@gmail.com

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