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Dark Horse Ultra

Starts Saturday October 30th, 2021

Mill Spring, NC

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Dark Horse Ultra

Dark Horse 30 Hour - 50k - 25k - 5 Mile

Tryon International Equestrian Center


Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is the ultimate international destination for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle. As host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, Tryon International Equestrian Center offers first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines in addition to showcasing hunter/jumper, equitation, steeplechase, polo,  and multi discipline events in Mill Spring, NC. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. A haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts alike, Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Introducing our 2nd annual Dark Horse Ultra we are excited to bring runners to the amazing facilities that spread out over hundreds of acres of roaming land, trails, and equestrian activities. 


Cabins & Campsites: For overnight accommodations please contact the Equestrian Park directly



  • Dark Horse 30 Hour - Saturday October 30th @ 8:00am

  • 50k - Saturday October 30th @ 8:30am

  • 5 Mile Night Run @ Midnight on Oct. 31st

  • 25k - Sunday Oct. 31st @ 8:30am




Discounts and Membership

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


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Runner Resources


Race Day Expectations

  • Please have your bib # available for our staff at packet pickup 

    • Bib Numbers can be found in the "Find a Participant Tab" in the race menu

  • Arrive 90 minutes prior to race start

  • Address for Parking/Packet Pickup listed below

  • Please carpool if available

  • Admission Fee is $5 IF held at State Parks

    • Fees are waived with State Park pass

  • Bathrooms - Parking - Start/Finish Line - Packet Pickup - Drop Bag Area -  Aid Stations 

    • All of these areas will be located within eyesight of one another 

  • Drop Bags can be placed at the start/finish line area.

  • Personal Aid Stations can be set up near the start finish line 

  • At packet pickup give your bib number to one of our staff or volunteers

    • They will give you a: 

      • Bib Number

        • Should be placed on front of the body and be visible at least when you cross the finish line

      • Safety Pins if needed

      • Giveaway Items

      • Event Apparel (if ordered)

      • Timing Chip & Strap w/ corresponding Bib # that needs to be worn on your ankle 

        • Needs to be returned. Failure to return the chip or lose the chip will include a $25 replacement fee

  • Prior to race start the RD will give some last minute instructions 

  • When you finish the race please return the timing chip and strap before getting your finisher medal 

  • If you DNF or fail to meet the time cutoff please return the chip, inform a volunteer or timer before leaving the facility 


Race Swag

  • Finisher Medal

  • Upstate Ultra Beer Glass

  • 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



Runners will access Tryon International Equestrian Center at this address: 25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC 28756. From there they will follow the signs to park at General Store.


The Course Description

The course consists of a 5 mile loop that has 400 feet of elevation per loop. Generally packed dirt, a small section of gravel and walking paths but mostly grass! 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. In the event that you make a wrong turn please backtrack to your original spot of confusion. Cutting the course (even if unintentionally will lead to a disqualification). 

  • 70% Packed Gravel

  • 30% Trail


Drop Bags

Drop Bags can be placed at the start/finish line area.  Please label your drop bag with your name and BIB number. This ensures that your drop bag is at the finish line ready for you as soon as you finish. 



In an effort to be good stewards to mother nature we will not have any of the following items at ANY of our events. This is in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint being placed by endurance events throughout the world. Please have a cup or hydration bottle if you will need to consume water/nutrition during the event. Please bring your own fork/spoon for any post race meals. Please bring your own bags for items collected at the race. Please make use of old safety pins or our new Bib Boards that will be available for the timing chip only. 

  • No Cups

  • No Plates

  • No Safety Pins

  • No Plastic Spoons/Forks

  • No Plastic Packet Pickup Bags


Switch Event: Email me [email protected] and I will drop you down in distance. 

Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals

Transfers: We do not offer transfers to other participants. 

Refunds: We do not offer race refunds

Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith: [email protected]

Race Distances

Price Register
Dark Horse 25k $50.00 until Register »
Dark Horse 50k $70.00 until Register »
Dark Horse 30 Hour $80.00 until Register »
Halloween 5 Mile Night Run $30.00 until Register »
Virtual Option (Any Distance) Includes Medal Click to Find Out Register »
Dark Horse 25k Click to Find Out Register »
Dark Horse 30 Hour Click to Find Out Register »
Dark Horse 50k Click to Find Out Register »
Halloween 5 Mile Night Run Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC

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