Carolina Reaper Challenge

Civic Center - Sports Complex

Anderson South Carolina

Hottest Race this side of 6 Feet Under!


Welcome to the Annual Carolina Reaper Challenge event! We are pleased to bring a new and exciting twist to three different distances including the 50k, the full marathon, and half marathon distance. This will be great for the first time finishers of these distances as well as give a new challenge to all the speed demons out there! If you have done it in the cold why not test your grit in the heat! We have simply duplicated the Snowbird Challenge for all you true southern heat seekers out there!
Same race format as our Snowbird Challenge that is held in the winter but simply doing it in the sun chasing heat of the summer! We will toe the line as individuals or as teams to complete the 2.62 mile loop in our 45 minute time format! The course will include 2 miles of wide, clean, and fast trails and .62 mile loop of bike path. There will be plenty of space to spread out between laps with water, power, and a few gallons of tailwind and ice to keep you cool! We HIGHLY encourage all participants to bring a bag of ice for our community kitty pool that we will have soaked towels to cool off between laps. 
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


Volunteers - If you volunteer for 4 hours at one of our events you get a FREE race entry into one of these future race! Resolution Run - Conquer the Rock - Altamont Challenge - The Country Mile - Knock on Woodstock - Cottonmouth Beerlay - The Longest Day - Carolina Reaper Challenge - The Back 9 - Jones Gap Trail Run - Paris Mountain Half Marathon - Sadlers Creek Stumble - Trotting for Tatas - Dark Horse Ultra - Prisoner of War - Longest Night) To volunteer please select the volunteer tab on the race page for one of the various opportunities on race weekend. 


Event Details

  • Where: Civic Center of Anderson - Sports Complex
  • Address: 144 Civic Center Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621
  • When: July 16th 2022
  • Packet Pickup: 1 Hour Prior to your race start time near starting line
  • Race Day Registration: will be open until the race starts via phone or computer.
  • Overall Awards for overall will be given out at the conclusion of the race
  • Age group winners will be recognized in the results tab and our point series.


Race Details

  • Death Pepper 50k - 9:00am
  • Carolina Reaper Marathon & Relay - 10:30am
  • Ghost Pepper Half Marathon - 2:15pm
  • Jalapeno 10k - 4:30pm


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Lap Schedule for Live Event

  • Lap 1 - 9:00am 50k Start Time
  • Lap 2 - 9:45am
  • Lap 3 - 10:30am Marathon & Relay
  • Lap 4 - 11:15pm
  • Lap 5 - 12:00pm
  • Lap 6 - 12:45pm
  • Lap 7 - 1:30pm
  • Lap 8 - 2:15pm Half Marathon & Ruck
  • Lap 9 - 3:00pm
  • Lap 10 - 3:45pm
  • Lap 11 - 4:30pm Jalapeño Start
  • Lap 12 - 5:15pm


Carolina Reaper Race Format

  • The race loop is 2.62 miles from start to finish. 
  • Each race has a designated number of loops to complete
    • 50k (12 Loops)
    • Marathon & Relay(10 Loops)
    • Half Marathon & Ruck (5 Loops)
    • 5 Mile (2 Loops)
  • The Timer will Ring the Kettle Bell starting at 9am
  • He will continue to ring the bell 12 times every 45 minutes
  • At the beginning of each loop runners will  given 45 minutes to complete the loop. 
  • If a runner fails to complete the loop under 45 minutes they will be disqualified 
  • All runners must wait until the top of the 45 minute mark to start their next loop. 
  • If you complete your loop in 25 minutes you will have to wait 20 minutes before the next loop. 
  • If you complete your loop in 40 minutes you will have a 5 minute break. Ya dig? 
  • The first race will start at 9:00am with the 50k runners 
  • The personal tent area is located directly behind the start and finish lines
  • The paths are wide and this is a closed loop with two police officers manning a small section of road 


Carolina Reaper Course Description

  • Course Map / Strava Run - HERE

  • The new course at the Civic Center of Anderson Sports Complex consists of 90% walking paths, 5% road intersection crossings (runners need to yield to any traffic), and 5% gravel. Runners have the option to run in the grass during 80% of the walking paths if you want some softer running. The course only gains 75 feet of elevation gain per the 2.62 mile loop. The course starts and finishes on the back side of the baseball headquarters. The course will showcase walking paths along the tennis court, the community park, two ponds, an old haunted house, and finish in the middle of the 4 baseball fields. 
  • This location will have indoor bathrooms, an area for runners to place a 10 x 10 canopy tent for shade in the grass, and a convenient location adjacent to the parking lot for a quick pit stop at your car if needed. The concessions will be open for runners to grab a soft drink, sports drink, snacks, and/or hot dog and hamburger. 


Aid Stations

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


Race Swag

All Participants Will Receive:
  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Logo Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Wristband
  • Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)
  • Race Specific Shirt (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 and Parking

  • 144 Civic Center Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621
    • Please follow event parking sings once you enter the facility to the baseball fields parking lot. 


Relay Teams

  • One runner per team may run at a given time
  • Runners may run consecutive laps
  • 2 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 6 laps)
  • 3 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 4 laps)
  • 4 Person teams (a single runner can complete no more than 3 laps)



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.
Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals
Refunds: We do not offer race refunds
Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith:
144 Civic Center Blvd
Anderson, SC US 29621
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