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Not for the faint of heart but the Conquer is worth the Climb!
Table Rock State Park in South Carolina is a popular destination for hiking, offering a variety of trails that range in difficulty and length. The park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and features beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The most popular hike in the park is the 3-mile Table Rock trail which leads to the summit of Table Rock Mountain, offering a challenging hike with an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet. The trail features rocky terrain, steep inclines, and several scenic overlooks. Other popular hikes in the park include the Pinnacle Mountain Trail, which also leads to a summit, and the Carrick Creek Nature Trail, which is an easy, family-friendly hike that winds through the park's forested areas.
Table Rock State Park is one of the premier parks in the southeast with a mountain range that nestles in the heart of the foothills. This race will test your will but the experience and views will be well worth your effort! Upstate Ultra welcomes you to theAnnual Conquer the Rock race series that is held in beautiful Table Rock State Park. Table Rock State Park fits the bill for the natural beauty. The towering mountain, which gives the park its name, serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park. Below this section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina natives and visitors can enjoy Table Rock State Park cabins, a campground and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes. The Conquer the Rock Ultra includes the Foothills 50k and the Bear Crawl 25k. This event has a pure, gritty, and natural feel that nestles itself in the heart of the foothills trail. The race offers two distances that encompass a 15+ mile loop within the state park.
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!
What: 50k on Saturday & 25k on Sunday
Where: Table Rock State Park - W. Gate Road Pickens, SC 29671 (Not East Gate)
When: March 4th & 5th 2023
Packet Pickup: 1 Hour Prior to your race start time near starting line
Overall Awards will be given out at the conclusion of the race
Age group winners will be recognized in the results tab and our point series
Foothills 50k8:00am on Saturday March 4th
Course Cut Off 11 Hours
2 Lap Course - 5 Hour First Lap Cutoff
Bear Crawl 25k8:00am on Sunday March 5th
One Lap Course - Course Cut Off 6 Hour
Dare You Double 75k - 50k on Saturday & 25k on Sunday
Course Cutoffs listed in individual events above
Bear Crawl 25kon Saturday March 4th
Participants will receive a finisher medal for the 25k but no awards
Custom Race Logo Sticker
Upstate Race Series Sticker
Complimentary Race Photos
Camping is offered through the State Park
Custom Race Bib
Upstate Race Series Crew Socks
Timing, Results, & 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.
This event will be chip timed with a reusable timing chip attached with an ankle strap. The timing chip will correspond with your bib number at packet pickup. The chip will be read by our timing hardware at the finish line and timing software. Results will be updated online periodically throughout the event. Please return your timing chip & strap at the conclusion of your event.
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
The Foothills 50k has 15,000 Feet of elevation change and is comprised of a 2 loop 25k course. The course summits Pinnacle Mountain (2nd highest point in South Carolina) as well as Table Rock Summit which has an amazing view of all the Foothills of South Carolina. The start and finish of the race will take place at Pinnacle Barn. The course will have a series of directional arrows that will be placed at all intersections. During the race you will complete an out and back section to the Table Rock overlook, a section of Millcreek falls, and a section down to the ranger station to our 2nd aid station.. Trekking poles are allowed.
Personal Tent Set Up - Drop Bags
Athletes are permitted to have a drop bag or personal tent near the aid station inside the Barn. 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 will access Table Rock State Park at this address: W. Gate Road Pickens, SC 29671.From there they will follow the signs to park at the Pinnacle Pavilion. When you enter the front gate you will make your first left hand turn to Pinnacle Pavilion. Please make use of all the parking spots and carpool if available
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 Conquer the Rock event we will be serving two meals:
Saturday Lunch from 2pm to 5pm
Sunday Lunch from 11am to 2pm
There are three aid stations for the 50k that runners will pass at mile 8 - 11 - 13 - 15 - 23 - 26 - 28. The main aid station will have tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. We encourage each runner to bring an aid station item to contribute to this great event. The water station on course will have water ONLY. Due to the limited access on the trail and the WATER ONLY aid station on the course, all runners will be required to start with the following minimum nutritional needs. Failure to meet this simple requirement will result in a disqualification. It is important to keep our runners safe so that our staff, our volunteers, and the state park do not have to drag you off the mountain because you failed to prepare appropriately.
Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations
Mandatory nutrition per loop
Cabins, Campsites, & Admissions
There are also Cabins available with a 2 night minimum! Come party with us Friday through Sunday. Camping Information : The park provides a 69-site camping area, located near the park entrance, and a 25-site camping area, located near White Oaks picnic area. Each site has individual water and electrical hookups, and picnic table. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Both campgrounds are convenient to restrooms with hot showers. To make a camping reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-7275 or make it online by clicking Park Reservation. Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. Standard Sites with Elec. & Water : 94 sites start at $25/site/night. Discounted rates may be available for seasons of lower demand.
$6 adults - $3.75 SC seniors - $3.50 children age 6-15 - age 5 & younger are free
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