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Prisoner of War Trail Race

Starts Saturday December 10th, 2022

Spartanburg, SC

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Prisoner of War Ultra

Camp Croft State Park - Spartanburg Sc

“The prisoner, having reached the depth of his depression, gradually reawakens to the life around him. He licks himself and his wounded pride, opens his eyes, and finds that far away on the horizon there is still a ray of sunlight left.”


Upstate Ultra is presenting its 3rd Annual Prisoner of War Ultra to be held at Camp Croft State Park in Spartanburg South Carolina. This race will bring the history of Camp Croft as an Infantry Training camp established in the 1940's in preparation of World War II. Over 200,000 soldiers were trained at Camp Croft during that time. The majority of the soldiers trained at Croft were rifleman and as you do loops around the 8 mile course you can still hear shots being fired at the James O. Thomason Firing Range over the hill.


Many of us have family members who are in active duty or veterans of war. Many of them suffer from aspects of the war that are hard to explain. They keep them locked inside and create their own prison wall inside. As a participant of this 24 Hour Run please keep in mind the struggle that many veterans faced during and after their service.


This 7,000-acre park near downtown Spartanburg was once a United States Army training camp, giving it the name Camp Croft. The training base was established here in 1941 under the direction of then-United States Senator James F. Byrne and was named in honor of Major General Edward Croft of Greenville, a former United States Army Chief of Infantry who died in 1938. From 1941 through 1946, around 60,000 troops went through training at Camp Croft each year. The camp closed in 1947, and the land was transferred to the South Carolina Commission of Forestry for use as a state park. Camp Croft State Park opened in 1949.


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


Volunteers - If you volunteer for 4 hours at one of our events you get a FREE race entry into one of these future race! Resolution Run - Conquer the Rock - Altamont Challenge - The Country Mile - Knock on Woodstock - Cottonmouth Beerlay - The Longest Day - Carolina Reaper Challenge - The Back 9 - Jones Gap Trail Run - Paris Mountain Half Marathon - Sadlers Creek Stumble - Trotting for Tatas - Dark Horse Ultra - Prisoner of War - Longest Night) To volunteer please select the volunteer tab on the race page for one of the various opportunities on race weekend. 


Event Details

  • Where: Croft State Park: 450 Croft State Park Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29302

  • When: December 10th & 11th

  • Packet Pickup: 1 Hour Prior to your race start time near starting line

  • Race Day Registration: will be open until the race starts via phone or computer.

  • Overall Awards for overall will be given out at the conclusion of the top 3 finishers.

  • Age group winners will be recognized in the results tab and our point series.


Race Details

  • MIA 30 Hour Hour Run - December 10th @ 8am 

    • All Tied Distances will be decided in the final hour short loop. In the event no runner completes a short loop runners will remain tied in the final results report. 

  • P.O.W. 50k - December 10th @ 8am

    • 4 Loops

  • Infantry 25k - December 10th @ 8am

    • 2 Loops

  • Semper Fi 8 Mile - December 10th @ 8am

    • 1 Loop


Connect With Us


Race Swag

All Participants Receive Optional Items:

  • Finisher Medal

  • Custom Race Logo Sticker

  • Upstate Ultra Sticker

  • Pancake Breakfast or Quesadilla Lunch

  • Camping is offered (Optional during registration)

  • Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)

  • Race Specific Swag (Optional during Registration)


Race Awards

  • Top 3 Male and Female will receive a Prisoner of War Medal/Ribbon

    • 30 Hour, 50k, and 25k Only

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


Prisoner of War

The Prisoner of War course will cover a 8.5 mile route that passes by each campground loop before heading out to the state park that wraps around Lake Craig. The course has 700 feet of elevation gain per 8.5 mile loop and is mostly single track trails. Please be courteous to other park patrons as these trails will still be open to the public. 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. 


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. 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. 


Runners can enter the park at the following address: 450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Once you enter the park please follow the signs to main park office adjacent to Campground loop 1 & 2. Any additional parking can be found adjacent to the horse stables and will be marked accordingly. 


Aid Stations

There is one aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish. The aid station will be fully stocked with tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. We will be preparing meals for the 30 Hour runners only. We encourage all runners to bring a dish or aid station food to help contribute to this wonderful event. 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. 


Camping Reservations & Admission - HERE

Once an World War II army training base, Croft State Park offers Camping and Day-Use reservations over more than 7,000-acres of wooded terrain. The Army infantry training camp was shut down in 1947 and two years later, the property was reopened as Croft State Park. With over 45 miles of trails to explore and 165-acre Lake Craig, the park is a recreational favorite for anyone who loves the outdoors.

  • $3 adults - $1.50 SC seniors - $1.00 children age 6-15 - age 5 & younger are free


Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals

Refunds: We do not offer race refunds

Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith: [email protected]

Race Distances

Price Register
Semper Fi 8 Mile $20.00 until Register »
Infantry 25k $20.00 until Register »
POW 50k $25.00 until Register »
MIA 30 Hour $30.00 until Register »
Semper Fi 8 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
Infantry 25k Click to Find Out Register »
POW 50k Click to Find Out Register »
MIA 30 Hour Click to Find Out Register »
FellowCountrymen Virtual Challenge Click to Find Out Register »
Semper Fi 8 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
Infantry 25k Click to Find Out Register »
POW 50k Click to Find Out Register »
MIA 30 Hour Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC

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