The Longest Night

Starts Saturday December 16th, 2023

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!


Upstate Race Series - Upcoming Events HERE

Join us for one of our 30 events throughout the year. With something for everyone we have races that extend throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. From Lake Hartwell through the Foothill Mountain Range. Locations that cover all of the State Park systems into the Streets of Anderson, Greenville, Travelers Rest, and Spartanburg. We have events that offer opportunity to every level of runner looking to take on their next challenge!


Donations & Club Membership Discount - 15% OFF

All club memberships to the Upstate Running Club and/or the South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club fund the Upstate Running Club Youth Team with over 200 members. The club provides FREE training services, training equipment, race uniforms, and comped race entries to our series throughout the year. All donations directly fund the club to help cover the costs of facility rentals, insurance, post practice snacks, team socials, and awards! The program is comprised of athletes of all abilities from ages 6-12 years old


Event Details

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

  • Where: 220 Lakewood Dr. Greenville, SC 29607. 

  • When: December 16th & 17th

    • 50miles (34 Laps) - Saturday at 6:00pm

    • 50k (21 Laps) - Saturday at 11:25pm

    • Marathon (18 Laps) - Sunday @ 12:40am

    • Half Marathon (9 Laps) - Sunday @ 4:25am

    • 10k (4 Laps) - Sunday @ 6:30am

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

  • Pre/Post Run Food Options: Meal tickets can be purchased during registration for Breakfast & Dinner

  • Finisher awards will be handed out at the conclusion of the last lap 


Volunteer for a FREE Race Entry or a Future Race Entry by Upstate Race Series - HERE

  • Set-Up

  • Packet Pickup

  • Course Monitor

  • Meal/Aid Station Prep

  • Cleanup

  • Parking


Runner Swag

  • Finisher Medal

  • Custom Race Logo Sticker

  • Upstate Ultra Sticker

  • Upstate Race Series Crew Socks


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.  


Meal Options

Upstate Race Series will be offering a meal options for runners looking to grab some grub post run! We will not be selling meal tickets on race day due to pre-ordering enough supplies for our event staff, volunteers, and the runners who pre-ordered a meal. You can always come back to the "Meal Ticket" tab on the race website and purchase a meal ticket up to race day. If you would like to purchase multiple meals for yourself, your crew, or spectators please indicate the number in the quantity box. At packet pickup you will receive a meal ticket to be given to our volunteer cook during the designated serving timeframe.

Specifically for this event we will be serving 1 meal: 

  • Breakfast after the event Sunday 7am to 9am


Time Schedule for the Start of each lap

  • Lap 1 - 6:00 - SATURDAY 50 Mile Start Time

  • Lap 2 - 6:25

  • Lap 3 - 6:50

  • Lap 4 - 7:15

  • Lap 5 - 7:40

  • Lap 6 - 8:05

  • Lap 7 - 8:30

  • Lap 8 - 8:55

  • Lap 9 - 9:20

  • Lap 10 - 9:45

  • Lap 11 - 10:10

  • Lap 12 - 10:35

  • Lap 13 - 11:00

  • Lap 14 - 11:25 - 50k Start Time

  • Lap 15 - 11:50

  • Lap 16 - 12:15 - SUNDAY

  • Lap 17 - 12:40 - Marathon Start Time

  • Lap 18 - 1:05

  • Lap 19 - 1:30

  • Lap 20 - 1:55

  • Lap 21 - 2:20

  • Lap 22 - 2:45

  • Lap 23 - 3:10

  • Lap 24 - 3:35

  • Lap 25 - 4:00

  • Lap 26 - 4:25 - Half Marathon Start Time

  • Lap 27 - 4:50

  • Lap 28 - 5:15

  • Lap 29 - 5:40

  • Lap 30 - 6:05

  • Lap 31 - 6:30 10k Start Time

  • Lap 32 - 6:55

  • Lap 33 - 7:20

  • Lap 34 - 7:45


Race Partners

Upcoming Events with Upstate Race Series - See Upcoming Races HERE

  • 25 Annual Races with a wide variety of events including 5ks, Relays, Youth Events, and Ultra Marathons


Without Limits Coaching - Contact Our Coaches HERE

  • Coaching Services that include training plans and/or race specific race plans and consultations for your next event


Upstate Running Club - Join & Donate for $5 OFF 100+ Local Races HERE

  • Non-Profit club that funds the Youth Running Club in the upstate with a variety of events and club runs for adult


South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club - Join for 25% OFF Races HERE

  • Trail & Ultra running club that helps support its members and races throughout the state of South Carolina


Jay Baker Photography Race Photos - See Photos HERE

  • Complimentary race photos, music, and of course engagement with the crowd to bring you to the finish


Go Green Events Timing & Registration - More Info HERE

  • Partnering with RunSignUp to bring you an easy registration process and accurate timing on race day. 


Refund Policy

Race Distances

Price Register
10k $20.00 until Register »
Half Marathon $25.00 until Register »
Marathon $30.00 until Register »
Longest Night 50k $30.00 until Register »
The Longest Night 50 Mile $30.00 until Register »
The Longest Night 50 Mile Click to Find Out Register »
Longest Night 50k Click to Find Out Register »
Marathon Click to Find Out Register »
Half Marathon Click to Find Out Register »
10k Click to Find Out Register »

Places to Stay

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Start Location

220 Lakewood Drive, Greenville, SC

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