Smokey Bear 75th Birthday


Smokey Bear has been fighting fires and reminding us that it's up to us us to prevent them since 1944. Few have been as consistent as Smokey throughout the years and we are excited to celebrate him and continue the fight.

You're invited to join us as we celebrate 75 years of Smokey with this fun race that comes with some awesome swag! Join us for the officially licensed Smokey Bear 75th Birthday 1K/5K/10K/Half Marathon.

This is a virtual race so you can run, walk or hike this race and do it wherever you want! Sign up now.

How this works

A virtual race is just like a traditional race but you can choose where you run! We'll mail your swag to you and then once you finish, we'll send your medal. All items are a la carte, so you can register for just the swag you care about.

When is the Race?

Race day is September 28-30, 2019 (Although you have the flexibility to do it when works best for you.)

Distance Options

1K/5K/10K/Half Marathon


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Race shirts are sold out, but you can purchase one from our print on demand partner by clicking here.

Shirt/Bib Info & Deadlines

  • Register by September 8, 2019 and your shirt and/or bib will arrive around September 27
  • Register after September 8 and your shirt and/or bib will not ship until late October

Everyone that registers for a shirt and/or bib will get it - regardless of whether you finish your race. However those that register for a medal will NOT get it until after they report their time & the race is over. All shirts have the same imprint.

*Note: registrations are a la carte, so you get to choose what swag you want

Finisher Medal Info & Deadlines

This wooden medal is 4" tall and as one of the thickest medals we've done is more than 1/4" thick. It features a metal "SMOKEY" across his famous hat and includes a classic race ribbon reminding us to "Be Cool • Prevent Wildfires".

Only those that register for a medal will get one, AND only if they report a finish time. Medals will start to ship shortly after the event, but only to those that report their time. The last day to report your finish time is October 27, 2019.

Important Info

The official race day is as listed above. To maintain the spirit of traditional events, we believe a finisher medal should be earned by finishing the race. We verify that you finished by requiring that you report your time to your account. If you do not report, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE A MEDAL.

As far as we’re concerned, race day is as listed above and we anticipate that most people will race then - BUT - the advantage of having a virtual race is you can do it when and where works best for you. So it’s up to you. Because we strive to honor the tradition of in-person races, you’ll receive messages as if that is race day for you, but just know that we’re okay with it if you need to do something different.

A portion of each registration will be used by the US Forest Service to further Smokey's mission of fire education and prevention.

Please Note: 1) All swag usually ships separately and all timelines are based on US Domestic shipping via the USPS. 2) In rare cases where the shirt style/color we list is out of stock, the next closest color will automatically be substituted for you.

Shirt Size Charts:
Basic Everyday (Grey), Basic Tech (Silver)
Premium Everyday - Ladies (Royal Frost), Premium Everyday - Tank (Grey Frost), Premium Everyday - Men (Grey Frost)
Premium Tech - Ladies (Pink), Premium Tech - Men (True Royal)
Youth - Boys (Grey Frost)

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How to register

How to report your finish time

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If you need help, please email or text us: support@virtualrunningclub.com  435.200.5456

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