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“The prisoner, having reached the depth of his depression, gradually reawakens to the life around him. He licks himself and his wounded pride, opens his eyes, and finds that far away on the horizon there is still a ray of sunlight left.”
Upstate Ultra is presenting its 3rd Annual Prisoner of War Ultra to be held at Camp Croft State Park in Spartanburg South Carolina. This race will bring the history of Camp Croft as an Infantry Training camp established in the 1940's in preparation of World War II. Over 200,000 soldiers were trained at Camp Croft during that time. The majority of the soldiers trained at Croft were rifleman and as you do loops around the 8 mile course you can still hear shots being fired at the James O. Thomason Firing Range over the hill.
Many of us have family members who are in active duty or veterans of war. Many of them suffer from aspects of the war that are hard to explain. They keep them locked inside and create their own prison wall inside. As a participant of this 24 Hour Run please keep in mind the struggle that many veterans faced during and after their service.
This 7,000-acre park near downtown Spartanburg was once a United States Army training camp, giving it the name Camp Croft. The training base was established here in 1941 under the direction of then-United States Senator James F. Byrne and was named in honor of Major General Edward Croft of Greenville, a former United States Army Chief of Infantry who died in 1938. From 1941 through 1946, around 60,000 troops went through training at Camp Croft each year. The camp closed in 1947, and the land was transferred to the South Carolina Commission of Forestry for use as a state park. Camp Croft State Park opened in 1949.
Part of the proceeds will go directly to Camp Croft State Park for park and trail maintenance and the other part will go to Fellow Countryman! They are a Combat Veteran owned and operated program. They have personally experienced on numerous occasions, the sacrifices made by America’s finest men and women who’ve fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend America’s way of life. Please take a few minutes to read about one of America’s Heroes that gave his life in the line of duty, so that others might live.
The Prisoner of War course will cover a 8.5 mile route that passes by each campground loop before heading out to the state park that wraps around Lake Craig. The course has 700 feet of elevation gain per 8.5 mile loop and is mostly single track trails. Please be courteous to other park patrons as these trails will still be open to the public. 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. 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)Trails to be used will include the following:
Craig Trail (31)
Lake Johnson Fairforest Creek Connector (26)
Lake Johnson Loop Trail (24)
Forest Mill Loop (20)
Runners can enter the park at the following address: 450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Once you enter the park please follow the signs to main park office adjacent to Campground loop 1 & 2. Any additional parking can be found adjacent to the horse stables and will be marked accordingly.
30 Hour Runners
Participants will have 30 hours to run, walk, crawl, or hike as many laps as they can starting at 8am on Saturday through 2pm on Sunday. Each lap will encompass the 8 mile course that includes going around each campground and by each campsite if you plan to make a reservation.
There is one aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish. The aid station will be fully stocked with tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. We will be preparing meals for the 30 Hour runners only. We encourage all runners to bring a dish or aid station food to help contribute to this wonderful event. This is a cup less event so runners are required to carry a hydration bottle if they will need fluids during the race.
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.
Switch Event:Email me WithoutLimitsGreenville@gmail.com and I will drop you down in distance.
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: WithoutLimitsGreenville@gmail.com
450 Croft State Park Road
Spartanburg, SC US 29302
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Special Use Participant Permit Fee: $2.50
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