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! 

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North Lake Half Marathon

Paris Mountain State Park

October 16th 2021

Welcome to the 8th Annual Paris Mountain Race Series. Paris Mountain is the hidden gem in the Upstate that lies in between the beautiful mountains of the foothills! This trail system extends nearly 13 miles of wide and rugged running dream! At the base of the mountain you will loop around Lake Placid before heading north up the mountain on Mountain Creek trail into Sulphur Springs! This is where the grit of the trail begins and your heart rate rises! Going around the mountain to North Lake and down Kanuga before hitting the toughest portion of Brissy Ridge. This trail will make your legs burn but your adventurous trail junkie side yearning for more! Come see this well kept secret of the Upstate for yourself!


Event Details

  • North Lake Half Marathon @ 8:00am




Discounts and Membership

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

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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


Address/Parking State Park

NEW FOR 2021. Runners must park at Greenville Christian Fellowship located a mile from the park headquarters: 2220 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609.
Paris Mountain is not allowing our race to park inside the facility due to the size of the event. We are arranging a shuttle service from a local church for the event. Sorry for the inconvenience and added cost during your registration. The shuttle fee is $10 per runner that will go directly to the church that is hosting us and out shuttle drivers.
Runners can utilize the shuttle to gain access to the park or have a spectator or family member drop them off at the gate before walking to the start line at shelter #1.
Once the park opens if you have spectators or family that would like to come watch or pick you up after the race is over that is permitted. The shuttles will be leaving every 5 minutes from 6:30am to 7:45am to drive runners the mile down the road to shelter # 1. The last shuttle will leave at 7:45am and not return. At the duration of the event our shuttles will take runners back to Greenville Christian Fellowship or you can arrange to have your spectator/family pick you up once the park opens for normal business hours. 


Paris Mountain Course Description

The Half Marathon will consist of a single 13.1 mile loop starting and finishing at Shelter #1. The total distance covers 2,200 feet of elevation gain, goes around 3 different lakes, ascends 3 gentle climbs. You may see deer, squirrels, birds, snakes, and a variety of other wildlife. The course offers single track dirt, rugged and wide switchbacks, along with steep climbs. There are two waterfalls and 3 beautiful lakes. The course does have a 1 mile section of road on an out and back to the 2nd aid station. The course will have a series of directional arrows (both yellow and green) that will be placed  at various 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) 


Aid Stations

There are two aid stations on course during the 13 mile loop with the first one coming at mile 7 and the 2nd one at mile 9. The Aid station will include such items: salt, crackers, cookies, pickles, oranges, water , tailwind, and soda. This is a CUPLESS event as runners are required to have their own hydration carrying bottles or packs. Our aid station volunteers are not there to service your every need so be self reliant. 



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. 
  • Cup-Less Event


Camping: Reservations

There are 39 sites are paved, 13 of which offer tent pads. Each site has individual water and electrical hookups. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet, others up to 35 feet. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers. Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. Standard Sites with Electricity & Water


  • 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:
Paris Mountain State Park
2401 State Park Rd
Greenville, SC US 29609
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Race Contact Info
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Additional Fees
Shuttle Service: $10.00

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