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The Longest Day Race 100k

$50 6:30AM EDT - 11:59PM EDT
135 spots left. Price increases after May 1, 2023 at 11:59pm EDT

The Longest Day

Lakewood Nature Preserve

The Longest Day Backyard Elimination Race

The Preserve at Lakewood is a 120-acre parcel of land which features forest land, dirt trails, parking for 200, and of course, The Sustainability Education Center. The land is home to countless plant/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 event takes an interesting twist on the backyard style of racing! All participants will start at 6:30am. Along the way you can knock out some distance marks but in the end there may only be ONE Winner or possibly No Finishers! The race will tentatively end around 10pm with the last few runners picking up the pace every mile to beat the clock that is diminishing with ever lap!
The cutoff for each lap will be one minute less than the previous lap. We will start the race at 6:30am and give runners 45 minutes to complete the 2 mile loop. Runners completing the laps early must wait for the clock to start the next scheduled lap. If you fail to complete the 2 mile loop in the required time please ring the cowbell and turn in you race bib. On the 31st lap (if we get there) the first runner to complete the lap will be the winner. 
This style of event welcomes all paces and levels of runners. If you are looking to knock out your first 50k this event is for you! If you are looking to challenge your furthest distance with 50 miles step right up! And if you are looking to compete and take your challenge to the next level look no further! The course will be trail, rolling, partly shaded! Bring your 10 x 10 pop up, a lawn chair, and lets make it a party.
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!


Event Details

  • What: Elimination Style Backyard Race. 2 Mile Loop w/ Descending Time Cutoffs
  • Where: 220 Lakewood Drive, Greenville SC 29607
  • When: June 3rd 2023
  • Time: 6:30am
  • Packet Pickup: Please arrive 1 hour prior to the race start
  • Camping: Overnight camping is an available option. Camping is primitive in an open field/grass area. There are no power or water hookups but you will be located adjacent to the run course for set up.
  • Award
    • The winner of the race is the individual who can make it through every lap before the elimination time cutoff and be the first to finish the last lap
  • Finisher Medals
    • We will recognize participants who complete at least: 
      • 7 Laps - Half Marathon
      • 16 laps - 50k
      • 25 laps - 50 Miles
      • 31 Laps - 100k


Number of Minutes Cutoff + Pace Per Mile & Time of Day Start

  • 45 - 22.30
    • 6:30am
  • 44 - 22:00
    • 7:15am
  • 43 - 21:30
    • 7:59am
  • 42 - 21:00
    • 8:42am
  • 41 - 20:30
    • 9:24am
  • 40 - 20:00
    • 10:05am
  • 39 - 19:30
    • 10:45am
    • 7 Laps (Half Marathon)
  • 38 - 19:00
    • 11:24am
  • 37 - 18:30
    • 12:02pm
  • 36 - 18:00
    • 12:39pm
  • 35 - 17:30
    • 1:15pm
  • 34 - 17:00
    • 1:50pm
  • 33 - 16:30
    • 2:24pm
  • 32 - 16:00
    • 2:57pm
  • 31 - 15:30
    • 3:29pm
  • 30 - 15:00
    • 4:00pm
    • 16 Laps 32 Miles
  • 29 - 14:30
    • 4:30pm
  • 28 - 14:00
    • 4:59pm
  • 27 - 13:30
    • 5:27pm
  • 26 - 13:00
    • 5:54pm
  • 25 - 12:30
    • 6:20pm
  • 24 - 12:00
    • 6:45pm
  • 23 - 11:30
    • 7:09pm
  • 22 - 11:00
    • 7:32pm
  • 21 - 10:30
    • 7:54pm
    • 25 Laps 50 Miles
  • 20 - 10:00
    • 8:15pm
  • 19 - 9:30
    • 8:35pm
  • 18 - 9:00
    • 8:54pm
  • 17 - 8:30
    • 9:12pm
  • 16 - 8:00
    • 9:29pm
  • 15 - 7:30
    • 9:45pm
    • 31 Laps is 100k and will finish 16 hours after the start 



This event is held at a nature preserve with a old barn that has been repurposed as an educational center of sustainability and renewable energy. The 2 mile course is held on a grass trail that is very wide and includes a few rolling hills. 


Race Swag

  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Logo Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Sticker
  • Complimentary Race Photos
  • Upstate Ultra Socks (optional)


Meal Option

Upstate Ultra will be offering a meal options for runners looking to grab some grub post run! Every meal will come in a traditional southern meat and three style w/ a beverage. 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. If you would like to purchase multiple meals for yourself, your crew, or spectators please indicate the number in the quantity box. A meal is $7.50
  • Specifically for this event we will serve an early dinner from 4pm to 7pm


Aid Stations

We will have a basic aid station with water, tailwind, soda, and chips. You will have an area to set up to bring our own supplies. 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
  • Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations 


Personal Tent Set Up & Drop Bags

Athletes are permitted to have a drop bag or personal tent near the aid station in the open field adjacent to the start/finish line loop outside of fireside hall. Even if it rains. 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. 


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. 
220 Lakewood Drive
Greenville, SC US 29607
Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at
Additional Fees
Nature Preserve Parking: $5.00
Race Website

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