The Longest Night

Starts Saturday December 21st, 2024

Greenville, SC

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The Longest Night

The Preserve in Mauldin SC

Longest Night of the Year!

The Longest Night Backyard Elimination Race


The Preserve at Lakewood is a 120-acre parcel of land which features forest land, rolling grass trails, parking for 150, and of course, The Sustainability Education Center. The land is home to countless plant and animal species. Upon visiting, you can see red cedar and maple, hickory and flowering dogwood trees, white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail, woodchucks, box turtles, various types of mockingbirds, woodpeckers, blue jays and more. 


This style of race is a bit different than most! You have a set number of laps to complete your race distance but you also have a set period of time you must complete each of those laps. Each lap you will be given 25 minutes to complete the 1.5 mile cross country style course at the preserve (wide grass paths). If you finish the loop in 10 minutes than you have 15 minutes to hang out by the fire! The race stage is set on an old farm that with a large barn in an open field for parking and camping. If it gets too cold or rainy feel free to bring your gear and hang out inside the barn with the rest of the crew who will be doing laps with you, ringing the bell, and watching the moon set and the sun rise as we bring in all of our amazing finishers!


Referral Program

Invite your running buddies! When you register you will be assigned a link/code that you can share with your friends & family. The link will appear in your confirmation message, your email, and in your RunSignUp profile! Use your unique referral code to share with your running buddies! For every every 2 participants that use your referral code/link to register you will receive a $5 refund to your registration! Refer enough runners and RUN FOR FREE! 

  • Share Your Referral Codes - HERE


Event Details

  • What: Elimination Style Race with multiple distances from 10k to 50 Miles

  • Where: Lake Wood Preserve - 220 Lakewood Dr. Greenville, SC 29607. 

  • When: December 21st - 22nd, 2024 (ALL Races Start at 6:00pm)

    • 50miles (34 Laps) 

    • 50k (21 Laps)

    • Marathon (18 Laps) 

    • Half Marathon (9 Laps) 

    • 10k (4 Laps) 

  • Packet Pickup: 1 Hour Prior to your race start inside the barn adjacent to participant parking

  • Event Shirts - Our local apparel vendor (Graphic Cow) will be processing all shirt orders. Please follow the link below to pre-order a shirt from the list of races. All race specific shirts will be mailed directly to your home address after the event to commemorate your race experience! The store link will be open until the Monday after each race. =


Course Map - HERE

This event is held at a nature preserve with a old barn that has been repurposed as an educational center of sustainability and renewable energy. The 2 mile course is held on a grass path that is very wide and includes a few rolling hills. During the route keep your eyes up looking for deer, birds, and a few fox meandering through the woods. Headlamps required. 


Participant Experience

Join our race for an unforgettable running experience! All participants will receive a handcrafted finisher medal to show off an unforgettable course and race experience. At packet pickup your swag bag will be complete with custom stickers, race bib, and crew socks. There will be music at both the start and finish of your event to energize your experience. Make sure to smile because all of our runners will receive complementary race photos along the course. 

Finisher Medal - Complimentary Race Photos - Custom Bib - Race Specific Crew Socks - Event & Upstate Race Series Stickers - Sponsored Giveaways - Raffled Items during the awards ceremony for both Age Group Awards and Overall Winners - Music and Post Race Pancakes while you hangout and cheer on other runners! 


Aid Station

We will have one aid station at the start/finish line. Items may include: pickles, cookies, chips, Little Debbie snacks, assorted candy, chicken/veggie broth, fig newtons, & pretzels. Liquids will include water, Tailwind Nutrition, coke, and ginger ale. If you would like to donate an aid station supply of something that we do not offer or that is homemade feel free! Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations 


Personal Tent Set Up & Drop Bags

The Barn will be the Start/Finish line of each loop and will provide our runners with a dry place to rest between laps. If you want some extra space for you and your crew you can set up 10 x 10 canopies along the course adjacent to the parking area. Please bring a stack of firewood to keep us warm all night!  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 we found it.  


Time Schedule for the Start of each lap

  • Lap 1 - 6:00 - SATURDAY ALL RACES START AT 6pm

  • Lap 2 - 6:25

  • Lap 3 - 6:50

  • Lap 4 - 7:15 (10k FINAL LAP)

  • Lap 5 - 7:40

  • Lap 6 - 8:05

  • Lap 7 - 8:30

  • Lap 8 - 8:55

  • Lap 9 - 9:20 (HALF MARATHON FINAL LAP)

  • Lap 10 - 9:45

  • Lap 11 - 10:10

  • Lap 12 - 10:35

  • Lap 13 - 11:00

  • Lap 14 - 11:25 

  • Lap 15 - 11:50

  • Lap 16 - 12:15 - SUNDAY

  • Lap 17 - 12:40

  • Lap 18 - 1:05 (MARATHON FINAL LAP)

  • Lap 19 - 1:30

  • Lap 20 - 1:55

  • Lap 21 - 2:20 (50k FINAL LAP)

  • Lap 22 - 2:45

  • Lap 23 - 3:10

  • Lap 24 - 3:35

  • Lap 25 - 4:00

  • Lap 26 - 4:25

  • Lap 27 - 4:50

  • Lap 28 - 5:15

  • Lap 29 - 5:40

  • Lap 30 - 6:05

  • Lap 31 - 6:30

  • Lap 32 - 6:55

  • Lap 33 - 7:20

  • Lap 34 - 7:45 (50 MILE FINAL LAP)

Race Distances

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Marathon $45.00 until Register »
Longest Night 50k $50.00 until Register »
The Longest Night 50 Mile $55.00 until Register »
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Start Location

220 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, SC

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