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Jones Gap Trail Run

Sat September 14, 2019 Marietta, SC US 29661

Jones Gap Marathon

$65 7:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
91 spots left. Registration ends September 10, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Hospital Rock 9 Miler

$48 9:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
91 spots left. Registration ends September 10, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
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Jones Gap Marathon and Trail Run

Jones Gap State Park & River Fall Lodge

Upstate Ultra welcomes you to Jones Gap State Park and the "1st" Annual Jones Gap Marathon and the Hospital Rock 9 mile. Unfortunately with Hurricane Florence raining on our inaugural event we had to postpone the event to our 2019 date. We are excited to bring back the same challenge for our 2nd year event. The Marathon and Hospital Rock Race are held on a 9 Mile course that climbs and views all that the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area has to offer.


  • Jones Gap Marathon Sept 13th @ 7:30am

  • Jones Gap 9 Miler Sept. 13th @ 9:00am

Race Day Details: 

  • Race Parking Location: River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661
  • Packet Pickup: River Falls Lodge @ 6:30am - 8:30am
  • Marathon Briefing and Starting Line Walk @ 7:15am
  • 9 Mile Briefing and Starting Line Walk @ 8:45am

Jones Gap State Park

Visitors can find the unforgettable peace and repose of a deep mountain cove at Jones Gap State Park. Trails and 13,000 acres of pristine mountain woodlands join the park with Caesars Head in what is known as the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The Jones Gap State Park trails allow hikers to traverse between the two parks, as well as connect to a portion of the Foothills Trail and Palmetto Trail South Carolina hikers know and love.
  • 2 scenic waterfalls
  • 18 wilderness/back country campsites
  • 60 miles of hiking trails of all difficulty levels
  • 1 fish hatchery exhibit 
  • 1 designated scenic river, the Middle Saluda River, runs through the park
  • 13,000 acres of wilderness when combined with Caesars Head to form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area

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Runner Information and Race Day Questions

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be held at River Falls Lodge on Friday and Saturday. During packet pickup YOU will check in before you pick up your race bib, and giveaway item (shirt, hat, or socks). 

Giveaway Items

Upstate Ultra will always try to provide quality giveaway items for our runner to commemorate their experience of the race and the course. Various items will be available for selection but if you would like to purchase one specific for the event please use our online store front through the checkout in registration. Various items include tri-blend shirts, socks, hats, stocking caps, stickers, magnets, and race buffs!

Address and Parking

Runners can park at the following address: River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661. There is a short 5 minute walk to the starting line on Duckworth Road. We will all walk to the start after our race briefing. We advise all runners to carpool if possible. Packet pickup that morning will also be located there. 

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)

Jones Gap 9 Mile and Marathon Course Description & Profile

  • Each race will start near River Falls Trail at the Duckworth/Jones Gap 
  • Participants will have a 5 minute walk to the start line 
  • Runners will enter River Falls Trail after .5 Miles
  • Merge with Hospital Rock Trail for 4.5 Miles
  • Runners will leave the trail at Jones Gap Trail headquarters
  • They will run 2 miles back to River Falls Lodge
  • The course is a 9 mile loop
  • Covers 3000+ of elevation per the 9 miles

Timing & Bib

This race is being timed using our chip timing system that will be given to each participant at packet pickup. These small RFID tags must be placed on the outside of the runners right shoe either through the shoelace hole that is provided or using a safety pin. The runner will be responsible for returning the RFID chip after crossing the finish line. Each reusable chip costs $10 so please return or you will not receive a finish result. Please place the bibs on the front of your body so they are visible by our timers upon crossing the finish line.

Course Cutoff

Yes there is an 11 hour cutoff for the Marathon. All runners who need to stop their race for whatever reason before finishing please return your chip tag to someone at the timing table and indicate that you are pulling out of the event. We allow individuals to drop from one event to another to receive a finishers award to that distance. For example all Marathon runners who complete at least one loop distance can drop to the 9 mile event list. No overall awards will be given in the event that you place in the top 3 for the simple reason you did not compete during the 9 mile time frame. Thank you. 

Finishers Award

All finishers will receive a finishers patch that is unique to the race and goes along with our 9 event series. At the end of our series runners who complete 5 events will receive our sponsored gear bag that can be used to sew all of your patches on. We will also score age group results that will ultimately be placed inside our "Get Dirty" point series explained below. Also overall awards will be given to the top 3 male and female runners in each open race.

Aid Stations

There are two aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish of the 9 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.


The result kiosk will have a scrolling set of overall results for you to view. Please do not bother our timers who are collecting bib numbers. We will NOT do overall and age group awards at a specific time but simply calculate our top 3 male and female winners on the fly. We will place age group and overall results the night of the event around 9pm. Please be patient.

Point Series

The point series automatically places you in our 9 event competition. The “Get Dirty” series takes a runners top 5 results of the calendar year and places points according to their overall and age group places. At the end of the calendar year we will host an annual party that all runners are welcome to join as we announce our top 3 overall and age group winners for each division and gender!

Admission Fee

There is a no cost to enter the park for runners and spectators. Although there is no admission fee we welcome any donation to the state park directly through the link provided during checkout. 

Entry Referral

Participants who register for this event who refer their friends and running buddies to join the event will receive $5 for every participant that also registers for the event. Please use your personal referral link that will be included in your confirmation email after you register for the event. You can either share this link on your social media page or through a personal email to receive the promotional refund! 

Hotel AccommodationsBook a Room

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. 

Cancellation Policy & Deferral 

We will give a 48 hour advanced 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. No unfortunately. 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


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River Falls Lodge Rd
Marietta, SC US 29661
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