Reaper Challenge

Sat July 13, 2019 Greenville, SC US 29605
"Only Those Who Risk Going Too Far Can Possibly Find Out How Far They Can Go" - T.S. Elliot
Countdown to Race Day

Death Pepper 50k (12 x 2.62)

$85 11:40AM EDT - 7:40PM EDT
55 spots left. Registration ends July 10, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Carolina Reaper Marathon (10 x 2.62)

$80 1:00PM EDT - 7:40PM EDT
55 spots left. Registration ends July 10, 2019 at 12:00pm EDT

Carolina Reaper Relay (10 x 2.62) - 2 to 4 Persons

$70 1:00PM EDT - 7:40PM EDT
55 spots left. Registration ends July 10, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Ghost Pepper Half Marathon (5 x 2.62)

$70 4:20PM EDT - 7:40PM EDT
55 spots left. Registration ends July 10, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Grim Reap Ruck Challenge (5 x 2.62 Continuous) #15 Women / #25 Men

$70 4:20PM EDT - 7:40PM EDT
55 spots left. Registration ends July 10, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Habanero (1 x 2.62)

$40 7:00PM EDT - 7:40PM EDT
55 spots left. Registration ends July 11, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Carolina Reaper Challenge

Southside High School

Greenville, SC - July 13th 2019

Welcome to the 2nd 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! 


  • Death Pepper 50k starting at 11:40am
  • Carolina Reaper Marathon Starting @ 1:00pm
  • Carolina Reaper Relay Starting @ 1:00pm
  • Ghost Pepper 13.1 and Ruck Challenge Starting @ 4:20pm
  • Habanero 2.62 Starting @ 7:00pm

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Cut Off Policy

All runners have 40 minutes to complete each 2.62 mile loop. At the beginning of each loop runners will be given 40 minutes to complete the loop. All laps are started together with a cowbell ring. If you fail to complete your loop under 40 minutes your bib will be pulled and you will be removed from the event. If you complete your loop in 20 minutes you will have a 20 minute break. If you complete your loop in 39 minutes you will have a 1 minute break. Ya dig? The first race will start at 11:40am with the 50k runners and thus every 40 minutes after that we will begin a new lap with new distances joining in at lap 3, 8, and 12! All runners who need to stop their race for whatever reason before finishing please return your chip tag at the timing table and indicate that you are pulling out of the event. 

What Can My Pace Be?

  • 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 15% OFF (Sign up and receive discount during registration)
  • All Military (Active & Retired) receive 15% discount using code Military
Participant Information

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be held Friday at New Balance Store Woodruff between 4pm and 8pm. During packet pickup you pick up your race bib, and giveaway item (shirt, hat, or socks). At 6pm we will have a shakeout run of 20 minutes before raffling off some sponsor items and enjoying some beer from Brewery 85. Packet pickup will also be available prior to the race start at Southside High School one hour prior to each event. 

Address and Parking

The race is located at Southside High School and runners can park at the following address: 6630 Frontage Rd, Greenville, SC 29605. You will enter the main parking lot off of Frontage Road. There are 400 parking spots available so spread out!

Base Camp

We will have plenty of space for personal tents to be set up around the finish line and plenty of space for family members and crew to hang out. We are a pretty laid back event company so we hope you like the chilled out vibes that go along with running when it's 100+ degrees!

Ruck Rules

If you are entered in the Ruck division your ruck sack weight needs to be a minimum #15 for Women and #25 for Men. That does not include water or food or clothing/accessories. 

Course  & Markings

The course will have a series of directional arrows (both yellow and green) that will be placed  at various 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) The Carolina Reaper course will be held on a closed road loop within the campus of Southside High School. The course will run briefly on Frontage Road but we will have a police escort to direct traffic.  

Aid Stations

There is one aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish of the 2.62 mile loop. The aid station will be fully stocked with tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. 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.


Upstate Ultra is partnering with Hilton of Downtown Greenville to offer discounts to all of our race participants on race weekends. We would like to send them a big thank you for working with our runners in hosting them in their beautiful home away from home in lovely downtown Greenville. The Hilton of Greenville is offering 20% discount for participants of this race. Please use the following link HERE to make your reservation

Cancellation Policy

We will give a 48 hour advance notice of cancellation. In the event of a cancellation you will be given the option to defer your registration to next year with a 2 week window for deferral after the next years event has been scheduled and runners have been notified via email. We plan ahead by purchasing insurance, food, bibs, patches, awards, shirts, and facility rentals. We will go ahead and donate your entry to our park system. Thank you
6630 Frontage Rd
Greenville, SC US 29605
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