Snowbird Challenge

Civic Center of Anderson

Sports Complex

Tired of the COLD?

Come get warmed up with a running challenge that will inspire you to your fastest or furthest distance to date!


Welcome to the Annual Snowbird Challenge! We are excited to bring a twist to distance running with this unique style of race format! If you have done it in the heat why not test your grit in the cold! We have simply duplicated the Carolina Reaper Challenge for all you snowbirds out there! Same race format as our Carolina Reaper Challenge that is held in the summer but simply doing it in the depths of Winter! 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.
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 3 hours at one of these events you get a FREE race entry into one of the future races! (Hair of the Dog - Chase the Rainbow - Downville Mile - Red White & Brew 5k - Beer & BBQ 5k - Sassafras Struggle - Snowbird Challenge - Lake Summit 10 Mile - Holiday Hustle - Rivalry Fan 5k -  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: January 22nd 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

  • Snowbird Challenge 50k - 8:00am
  • Frozen Full Marathon - 9:30am
  • Reindeer Marathon Relay (Up to 4 People) - 9:30am
  • Hibernate Half Marathon - 1:15pm
  • Toboggan Trot 10k - 3:30pm


Snowbird Challenge 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. 


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Snow Bird Challenge Race Format

  • The race course consist of a 2.62 mile loop that is half on wide trails and half on a bike path. 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 
  • Each race has a designated number of loops to complete
    • 50k (12 Loops)
    • Marathon & Marathon Relay (10 Loops)
    • Half Marathon & Ruck (5 Loops)
  • The Timer will ring a kettle bell to start each lap as designated in the schedule above
  • At the beginning of each loop runners will be 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? 


Lap Schedule for Live Event

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


What Can My Pace Be?

  • 45 Minutes - 17:11 Min Per Mile
  • 40 Minutes - 15:16 Min Per Mile
  • 38 Minutes - 14:30 Min Per Mile
  • 36 Minutes - 13:44 Min Per Mile
  • 34 Minutes - 12:58 Min Per Mile
  • 32 Minutes - 12:12 Min Per Mile
  • 30 Minutes - 11:27 Min Per Mile
  • 28 Minutes - 10:41 Min Per Mile
  • 24 Minutes - 9:09 Min Per Mile
  • 20 Minutes - 7:38 Min Per Mile
  • 16 Minutes - You Crazy


Discounts and Membership

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

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Race Swag

All Participants Receive Optional Items:
  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Logo Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Sticker
  • Hot Cocoa at the Finish
  • Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)
  • Race Specific Jogger Pan (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
    • Following parking sings to the baseball field parking


Relay Teams (Up to 4 People)

  • 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)


Aid Stations

Basic aid station supplies. Water, Coke, Cookies, Tailwind, Pickles, Gummies, Etc. 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


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, in the parking lot, and along the walking path adjacent to the start/finish line.  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.  When you are finished with your race please "pack in and pack out" making the host facility look better than you found it.  



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:
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

144 Civic Center Blvd
Anderson, SC US 29621
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