Welcome to the Upstate Ultra TrailSeriesbrought 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!
Harbison State Forest is a unique location in Columbia, South Carolina. Over 2100 acres and more than 20 miles of trails make Harbison State Forest a great place to be in nature in an urban environment. It starts and ends in the same location allowing runners, hikers, and mountain bikers to experience all they would expect of being outdoors. Steep climbs, declines, a creek crossing are just some of the features this trail offers.
The history of the Forest dates back thousands of years. Catawba and Cherokee tribes frequently traversed the woodlands to reach an ancient fording location on the Broad River. In 1951 the South Carolina Forestry Commission purchased 2,135 acres of land on the Broad River from the Board of National Missions for the Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church. The Church stipulated that the land be named "Harbison Forest" in honor of a major benefactor In 1981, the Forestry Commission approved a master plan for the long-term development of the tract. The goal was to provide a public greenspace to serve as an educational environment promoting the value of the state's forests and encouraging the stewardship of all of our natural resources.
Firebreak Ultra will be a 10 lap race around the Firebreak Trail making it a 50 mile event.
Race Start at 7:00am w/ 12 Hour Cutoff
Firebreak FKT Challenge will be a 5 mile race around the Firebreak Trail
Race Start at 8:00am
Firebreak 50 Mile Team Relay
Race Start at 7:00am
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 MUST be returned at the end of your event ($10 replacement fee)
The course consists of a 5 mile loop with 260 feet of climbing per loop. The trail is single track with minimal roots. We 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.
This is a 50 Mile Relay - Teams up to 5 People running the 5 mile loop 10x. Runners can complete two consecutive loops but teammates are not allowed to run 1 loop more than any other teammate. I.E. If a team of 3 people are racing the 10 loop race then runners 1 & 2 cannot run 4 loops while teammate 3 only completes 2 loops. This prevents stacking teams while utilizing the handicap advantage
There is one aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish loop. The aid station will be fully stocked with tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. This is a cup less event so runners are required to carry a hydration bottle if they will need fluids during the race. We gladly accept aid station donations of food items that you like to see at races. Our staff is very busy with course marking, timing, packet pickup, and communication with runners, that it does make it hard to prepare some amazing tasty treats in-between laps so feel free to contribute a little slice of heaven if you can! Thank you
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.