Dark Horse 30 Hour

$60 10/30 - 10/31 8:00AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
7 spots left. Price increases after September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Dark Horse 50k

$50 10/30 8:30AM EDT - 6:00PM EDT
61 spots left. Price increases after September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Halloween 5 Mile Night Run

$20 10/31 12:00AM EDT - 2:00AM EDT
47 spots left. Price increases after September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Dark Horse 25k

$40 10/31 8:30AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
60 spots left. Price increases after September 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

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


NEW to 2021 the Equestrian Center has offered us anew start/finish location with TONS of parking and overnight field camping. The runners will be able to park and camp right along the course for the duration of their run on Friday night and Saturday Night!

Dark Horse Ultra

Dark Horse 30 Hour - 50k - 25k - 5 Mile

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is the ultimate international destination for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle. As host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, Tryon International Equestrian Center offers first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines in addition to showcasing hunter/jumper, equitation, steeplechase, polo,  and multi discipline events in Mill Spring, NC. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. A haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts alike, Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment. Introducing our 2nd annual Dark Horse Ultra we are excited to bring runners to the amazing facilities that spread out over hundreds of acres of roaming land, trails, and equestrian activities. 



  • Dark Horse 30 Hour - Saturday October 30th @ 8:00am
  • 50k - Saturday October 30th @ 8:30am
  • 5 Mile Night Run @ Midnight on Oct. 31st
  • 25k - Sunday Oct. 31st @ 8:30am




Discounts and Membership

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

Check out our other Races


Runner Resources


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 will access Tryon International Equestrian Center at a NEW address that is located here: 2659 Sandy Plains Rd, Tryon, NC 28782


The Course Description

The course consists of a 5 mile loop that has 400 feet of elevation per loop. Generally packed dirt, a small section of gravel and walking paths but mostly grass! 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. In the event that you make a wrong turn please backtrack to your original spot of confusion. Cutting the course (even if unintentionally will lead to a disqualification). 
  • 70% Packed Gravel
  • 30% Trail


Drop Bags

Drop Bags can be placed at the start/finish line area.  Please label your drop bag with your name and BIB number. This ensures that your drop bag is at the finish line ready for you as soon as you finish. 



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. Please make use of old safety pins or our new Bib Boards that will be available for the timing chip only. 
  • No Cups
  • No Plates
  • No Safety Pins
  • No Plastic Spoons/Forks
  • No Plastic Packet Pickup Bags
Switch Event: Email me 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:
100 Mile Buckle Finisher
2659 Sandy Plains Rd
Tryon, NC US 28782
Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Additional Fees
Parking Pass: $2.50

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