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.
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!!
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 (10 hours max)
Half Smokey: 25-30ish (5 hours max)
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.
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 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
Pizza and beverages will be provided following the races
There will be aid at the start/finish, a fully stocked 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 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
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 races, 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.