Dark Horse 50k

$35 02/18 9:00AM EST - 11:00PM EST
248 spots left. Price increases after September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Dark Horse 25k

$30 02/18 9:00AM EST - 2:00PM EST
248 spots left. Price increases after September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT

Halloween 5 Mile Night Run

$15 02/19 12:00AM EST - 2:00AM EST
248 spots left. Price increases after September 1, 2022 at 11:59pm EDT
50 Gravel/Dirt Cycling Race

Gravel / Mountain Cycling Event

$60 02/19 10:00AM EST - 2:00PM EST Registration ends February 19, 2023 at 9:00am EST

Dark Horse Ultra

50k - 25k - 5 Mile - Gravel/Mountain Cycling Event

Tryon Equestrian Center

February 18th & 19th

Introducing our annual Dark Horse Ultra we are excited to bring runners to the amazing facilities that spread out over 200 acres of roaming land, trails, and equestrian activities. Escape your day-to-day life and enjoy a romantic getaway in South Carolina’s beautiful Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge your senses with the natural beauty our lands have to offer while the normal hustle and bustle of your life fades away. 



  • Friday
    • Camping Set Up for participants along the course will begin at 4pm
  • Saturday
    • Packet Pickup will begin an hour before your individual event adjacent to participant parking area
    • 50k - Saturday February 18th @ 9:00am
    • 25k - Saturday February 18th @ 9:00am
  • Sunday
    • 5 Mile Night Run @ Midnight (Sunday 12:00am) on September 25th
    • 50k Race Mountain/Gravel Cycling Event @ 10:00am
      • Introducing our annual Dark Horse Psychlo-X we are excited to bring mtb/gravel riders to the amazing facilities that spread out over hundreds of acres of roaming land, trails, and equestrian activities. Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is the ultimate international destination for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle.  Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment.
    • The Race is to complete as many 4.2 mile loops as you can in 4 hours.
      • 4 hrs: Noon-4pm
      • 4.2 miles / 426' of gain
      • 60% hard pack
      • 35% gravel/grass
      • 5% road
      • Figure 8 loop
      • Ideal set up: MTB/Gravel tubeless 40mm
    • The Course Description 
      • Course preview: HERE
        Course Map HERE
        • The course consists of a 4.2 mile loop that has 426 feet of elevation per loop. The course consists of packed dirt, a few grass sections, and a series of service gravel paths around the lake. 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. 


Race Swag

All Participants Receive Optional Items:
  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Logo Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Sticker
  • Pancake Breakfast or Quesadilla Lunch
  • Camping Offered During Registration
  • Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)
  • Upstate Ultra Crew Socks


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


The Run Course Description

The course consists of a 6 Mile loop rolls through the equestrian center and has a combination of wide packed dirt paths, single track trails, and grassy meadows! 


Aid Station

There is one aid station at the start and finish line. There will be an assortment of pickles, soda, water, crackers, chips, and tailwind nutrition for our runners. 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


Staging Area - Camping and Personal Aid Station

Camping is available for participants and crew members during registration. No water  or power, but plenty of space to spread out along the course and right next to the course! 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.
2659 Sandy Plains Rd.
Tryon, NC US 28782
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