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Race Cancelled

Unfortunately due to fire weather out of our control, the race this year is cancelled. According to the NWS, the low pressure system coming in for Friday is not enough to effectively move smoke out of the area. The prediction is for continued poor air conditions. There are two links below with more information. Air quality continues to be unhealthy. 

Cancellation Policy: We understand you have worked hard to get ready for the race, we have also worked hard to get ready, and are greatly disappointed in not having an epic race day. 

Weather cancellation is a non-refundable cancellation. As a standard, most events to not provide a fee return or a transfer to the following season. Unfortunately a number of races in our area have had to cancel this season, there were no refunds of race fees, and NO transfer to the following season.

Being athletes ourselves, we hope to provide a higher level of dedication to the sport we love. 


If you are currently registered for the 09/09/2017 race, you will be automatically signed up in the registration system. You will get a confirmation email in October.

Pray for rain, I know the air conditions have been very difficult for many people.

See you next year - RD Ken







September 9, 2017            2016 RESULTS           RACE DAY COURSE PHOTOS

The Race

XTERRA SMOKECHASER 30K and 5 Mile Trail Race . This trail race starts on the shores of Priest Lake Idaho and runs through sections of lush forest and alpine terrian to a historic fire lookout tower at 7200' elevation. In the early days of wilderness firefighting, the Smokechasers were brave protectors of our forests who treked into the wilderness, sometimes alone to put out fires or "smokes" started by lighting strikes. Before the modern period of spotting forest fires with aircraft and satilites, fires were reported from mountain top lookout posts, ranger stations or guard stations around Priest Lake. Brave Smokechasers came from nearby blister rust camps and CCC camps. Before roads, helicopters and smoke jumpers were used for firefighting, the smokechasers were taken by boat to a drop-off point or trail head below the smoke. They then hiked to the fire, carrying a heavy fire pack which contained a Pulaski, shovel, water and 2-3 days rations, all wrapped in a canvas trap, which also served as a bedroll to meet the challenge. Experience the wilderness trail of Priest Lake Idaho like the Smokechasers of days past- Race the XTERRA Smokechaser and meet your challenge! This race is part of the 2017 Priest_Lake_XTERRA-Smokechaser_sponsors_paul_mitchell.jpgXTERRA Trail Race Series.

COURSE MAP           30k PROFILE          5 MI PROFILE


The Course

5 mile Course. Mixed trail starting on the beach of Priest Lake with sections of single track hiking trail and logging road with a great view of Priest Lake toward the top. 

The 30k Course - the first 4 miles and last 4 miles are very runable dirt forest road. Mile 4-6 and 14-16 is runnable but rocky and steeper. The middle 3 miles while making the climb up to the tower and the next 3 miles back down is mixed, rugged technical trail. If you are new to technical trail running plan to hike some of these upper sections as it is challenging technical running. There are a number of sections of rocky and gravel mix, and several water crossings including a very cool water fall. The tower access trail is the old trail used to supply the lookout tower crews when it was staffed during fire season, It is only accessible by foot or ATV so we can not get drop bags to the turn around. There will be water, sport drink, and snack food at aprox. mile 3, the turn around point at the lookout tower around mile 9 will have water and gel, and again around mile 16 full aid. You will need to have a camel back or water bottles and nutrition self supported between aid stations. Plan to carry a minimum of 32 oz. on you.  5 mile course has elevation gain of 500'. 30k course gain is 4800'! Run scenic forest groves to alpine ridges with 360 degree views. This trail will get you to the best scenic vista in the Selkirk Mountains and worth the work to get there!! Overall awards at finish line 1-3.




Racers Get: Free post-race lunch, beverage or beer, and a very cool Priest Lake Finisher Medal

GREAT CAMPING AT THE START FINISH AREA ON PRIEST LAKE AT LIONHEAD STATE PARK CAMPGROUND. Tent and RV spots 100 yards from start/finish, reserve these soon they will book fast. Next closest camping (15min.) at Indian Creek State Park. Tent RV and some cabin rentals. CHECK OUT CAMPING HERE

Closest Lodging at Inn at Priest Lake, or Coolin Motel (25 min.) - Area rental homes and cabins also available, more info on our resource tab at top of home page or visit for more info about our area.

Race Day Schedule

Check in- race day registration Start: 6:30 AM
30k Course Start Start: 7:30 AM
5 Mile Start Start: 10:30 AM
Course Closed 3:00 PM


 Registration  30K Course 5 Mile Course
Holiday Special before 12/31 $45 $29
Early Bird Entry by 3/31 $54 $35
Regular Entry by 7/31 $59 $45

Online Registration ends 9/6 at 12PM.
See Refund Policy - policy listed on waiver.
Packet Pickup/ Check- In RACE DAY starting at 6:30AM at Lionhead State Park

Race Director
Ken Eldore