SMACKDAB is held on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice (June 20th or 21st, depending on the year). For 2017, the ride will be held on Saturday, June 24th.
The ride starts between dawn and sunrise at the monument that marks the Geographic Center of the 48 Contiguous States just north of Lebanon, Kansas, off US Highway 281.
The route follows Highway 281 north for 95 percent of the trip, until it turns west on US Highway 2 for the final thirty-four miles into Rugby, North Dakota. At dusk, riders meet to celebrate their accomplishment at the monument that marks the Geographic Center of North America.
The solstice allows over sixteen hours to ride the 675 miles from north central Kansas, across Nebraska and South Dakota, then through most of North Dakota before dusk, earning finishers a great sense of accomplishment, a great story to tell, as well as the right to wear the coveted Smackdab patch.