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Firebreak Trail Series

Saturday May 14th, 2022

Columbia, 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


Fire Break 50 Mile & 5 Mile FKT Challenge

Harbison State Forest - Columbia SC

May 14th 2022


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.


Volunteers - If you volunteer for 3 hours at one of these events you get a FREE race entry into one of the future races! (Sandhills Trail & Ultra Festival - Harbison Ultra - Firebreak Ultra) -  To volunteer please select the volunteer tab on the race page for one of the various opportunities on race weekend. 



  • 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


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Discounts and Membership

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


Check out our other Races


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



Runners can enter the park at the following address: 5600 Broad River Rd Columbia, SC US 29210. Once you enter the park please follow the signs to the designated parking area and race staging area. 


Firebreak Course Description

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.


Aid Stations

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


Personal Tent Set Up - Drop Bags

Athletes who are not camping are permitted to have a drop bag or personal tent near the aid station in the open field adjacent to the start/finish line loop outside of fireside hall. Even if it rains. Please be mindful to place your personal belongings off the course as to not impede the runners, the flow of traffic, or other race participants. The start and finish line loop will serve as the official drop bag area designation. When you are finished with your race please "pack in and pack out" making the host facility look better than you found it. 



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.


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
Firebreak 50 Mile (Relay) $25.00 until Register »
Firebreak FKT 5 Mile Race $25.00 until Register »
Firebreak 50 Mile $50.00 until Register »
Firebreak 50 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
Firebreak FKT 5 Mile Race Click to Find Out Register »
Firebreak 50 Mile (Relay) Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

5600 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC

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