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Sassafras Struggle

Saturday January 30th, 2021

Sunset, SC

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Welcome to the Upstate Ultra Trail Series brought to you by the South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club. We are proud to bring in a series of events that range in distance, terrain, and season! But each race will always posses the same energy and positive atmosphere from our staff, volunteers, and S.C.U.M. Runners. Our club and its races are open to all runners, walkers, and hikers and each member will receive 20% OFF any Upstate Ultra event along with discounted club gear and local sponsors! 

  • Join the club for 20% OFF all races - HERE

  • Check out all of our other events - HERE


Sassafras Struggle

Hardest Road 8k in the WORLD

Sassafras Mountain - January 29th


Come run the hardest 8k or 8mile race of your life!  From the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center we will climb 5 miles to the HIGHEST PEAK in South Carolina! Sassafras Mountain stands at 3,554 feet above sea level and edges the North/South Carolina state line border! This will serve as the toughest road race in the state and you will get a front row view of the most beautiful overlooks in the entire state as you reach the lookout tower! Shuttles will be available and will depart every 10 minutes from the Sassafras mountain top back down the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center.

  • Date: January 29th 2022

  • Packet Pickup: Will take place at Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center starting at 8:30am

  • Aid Station: We will have water at the top of the mountain

  • Place: Rocky Bottom, SC

  • Directions: 123 Hancock Rd, Sunset, SC 29685



  • Sassafras 8k 10:30am 

    • 5 Miles on ROAD all the way to the top of Sassafras Mountain! 

    • Elevation Gain - 2000 Feet

    • Course Map HERE

  • Sassafras 8 Mile 10:00am 

    • Includes 5 Miles on the Road to the top of Sassafras Mountain and then a 3 mile section of the Foothills Trail down to the road and another 2 miles of road back down to Rocky Bottom. 

    • Elevation Gain - 2200

    • Course Map HERE


Packet Pickup

  • Located adjacent to Start/Finish Line and parking area (See available Map)

  • 75 minutes prior to race start

  • No Packet Pickup prior to race date

  • Must be present to receive apparel orders (no shipping)

  • You will receive a bib that will be worn on the front of body

  • You will receive a timing chip that you must return at the end of the event ($10 Replacement Fee)




Discounts and Membership

  • All S.C.U.M (South Carolina Ultra Marathon) receive 20% OFF


Runner Resources


Race Swag

  • Finisher Medal

  • Upstate Ultra Sticker

  • Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)


Race Awards

  • Top 3 Male and Female will receive a custom hand made award!

  • Each finisher will receive a finisher medal that will be branded with the race logo and custom lanyard.

  • We will also publish our age group results that will coincide with our Race Series.

  • To learn more about our race series and awards please visit our results page here: HERE


The Course - HERE

Let's be honest... On a road... Up a mountain... To the highest point in South Carolina! The course will have a series of directional arrows that will be placed at all intersections. Please follow all directional arrows to stay on course. 


Aid Station

We will not have any aid stations along the course but we will have water at the top and hot cocoa at the bottom. Please bring all the nutritional items you will need for the duration of the race. 

Race Distances

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Sassafras Struggle (8k) Click to Find Out Register »
Sassafras Shuttle (16k) Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

123 Hancock Rd, Sunset, SC

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