Where's Doug Today?

Keep up-to-date on our Going the Distance  journey, as Youngstown’s Doug Smith, former owner of The Drum Smith in Struthers, bikes across the country to raise money for SMARTS!

Smith’s nine week trek, “Going the Distance for SMARTS”, will take him from Astoria, OR to Rehoboth Beach, DE. He plans to ride 60 miles per day, and believes the trip presents numerous opportunities for fundraising.

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On Thursday, June 7, 2018, Doug will begin his trek from Astoria, OR. He will pedal 60 miles per day through 13 states, stopping in Youngstown on Friday, August 3, 2018 for a pit stop - Doug’s 61st Birthday Celebration, and finish in Rehoboth Beach, DE on Saturday, August 11, 2018.


“I took up cycling few years ago, when my wife bought me a bike for my birthday, and I got hooked right away,” says Smith. “The importance of the arts in education is something I feel very strongly about. I’ve long dreamed of doing a Trans-Am bike ride, so I’m very happy to support SMARTS at the same time, rather than simply crossing something off my bucket-list.  I plan to visit friends as many as possible along the way -- and hopefully make some new ones, as well -- all while drumming up donations for SMARTS; it’s a great organization doing wonderful things for kids who otherwise would not be exposed to music and arts education.”

- Doug Smith

Our goal of $35,000 will support an average month of SMARTS FREE public programming, located at our Ohio One location. 

Monthly average costs include 25 different classes, with 95 separate sessions, and 11,875 individual interactions serving over 125 PK-12 students.

Our goal: $35,000
Our timeline: June 7, 2018 - August 11, 2018
Our Impact: 250 hours of FREE arts instruction when we hit our goal!


Check Out Our Going the Distance Blog!

Don’t Stop Believing!

August 20, 2018

As Doug Smith’s journey on his bike has concluded, we…

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In case you haven’t heard-Doug Did It!

August 17, 2018

On Day 65 and over 3200 miles, Doug Smith dipped…

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Not Today, Devil Inside!

August 10, 2018

Over the last couple days, Doug Smith has been trekking…

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Is This Love? by Bob Marley, Doug Smith, and SMARTS

August 7, 2018

At just under 3000 miles, on Day 60 of Going…

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Head East Doug Smith

August 3, 2018

Thanks to everyone who came today to wish Doug a…

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See Doug Smith on August 3 @ 10 am

August 2, 2018

Join us at SMARTS on Friday, August 3 at 10…

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Home Sweet Home for Doug

August 1, 2018

It IS pretty sweet when you see how getting closer…

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Please Mr. Postman, Doug’s now in OHIO!

July 30, 2018

Not that SMARTS is trying to give Doug one of…

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Doug is on his way to SMARTS!

July 30, 2018

Please join us as we celebrate Doug’s birthday this Friday…

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Thanks to our Minnesota State Sponsor!

July 27, 2018

Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Canfield, OH has generously sponsored…

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Light at the End of the Tunnel

July 27, 2018

After Doug’s surprise Minnesota visit from wife, Jena, his Going the…

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Doug Meets a Few Saints in Minnesota

July 18, 2018

Going the Distance for SMARTS is now EAST of the…

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The Kindness of Strangers Helps SMARTS

July 17, 2018

Doug and Going the Distance for SMARTS have made it…

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Half-way Across the US and Our SMARTS Window

July 12, 2018

As Doug Smith rides past the half-way mark in Going…

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The Key to Going the Distance for SMARTS

July 11, 2018

Doug Smith always carries a drum key with him. Even…

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1184 Miles In…Doug & SMARTS Say Hello to ND!

July 6, 2018

Montana is REALLY, REALLY BIG. Doug Smith has gotten to…

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Why Doug’s Doing What He’s Doing for SMARTS

July 3, 2018

Is there anything on your bucket list? Are you looking…

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So long, Rocky Mountains!

July 2, 2018

Doug Smith has resumed the Going The Distance for SMARTS…

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Glacier National Park: Art, Nature, and Us

June 27, 2018

Inspiration can come from anywhere. Doug Smith’s Going the Distance…

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Coeur d’Alene Isn’t the Only Way to Montana!

June 25, 2018

Sometimes, things don’t always go as planned. Doug and Jena…

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Going the Distance for SMARTS is a fundraiser to benefit SMARTS, your donation is non-refundable and will be used to support our free public programming. While the goal is for Doug to complete the journey, as with any physical activity it is possible that he will be unable to complete the trip due to unforeseen circumstances. We wish him the best of luck on his journey and thank you for your donation to support SMARTS.