Sassafras Struggle

Hardest Road 8k in the WORLD & Leg Busting 8 Mile Trail Run

Sassafras Mountain - Rocky Bottom Retreat Center

Come run a scenic 8k or 8mile race that summits Sassafras Mountain!  From the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center we will climb 5 miles to the HIGHEST PEAK in South Carolina! Sassafras Mountain stands at 3,554 feet above sea level and edges the North/South Carolina state line border! This will serve as the toughest road race in the state and you will get a front row view of the most beautiful overlooks in the entire state as you reach the lookout tower! Shuttles will be available and will depart every 10 minutes from the Sassafras mountain top back down the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center.


Race Information

  • Where: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center - 123 Hancock Rd, Sunset, SC 29685
  • When: Feb 4th 2023
  • Packet Pickup: 1 Hour Prior to your race start time near starting line
  • 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.
  • Aid Station: We will have water at the top of the mountain



Race Swag

All Participants Receive Optional Items:
  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Logo Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Sticker
  • Post Run Hot Cocoa 
  • Race Specific Crew Socks


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


Aid Station

We will not have any aid stations along the course but we will have water at the top and hot cocoa at the bottom. Please bring all the nutritional items you will need for the duration of the race. 


Drop Bag

If you would like to have some warm clothes waiting for you at the top please place your drop bag into the white van that will be heading up to the top of the mountain prior to the start of the race. 
123 Hancock Rd
Sunset, SC US 29685
Race Contact Info
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Race Website

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