Jones Gap Trail Run

Sat September 14, 2019 Marietta, SC US 29661
"Only Those Who Risk Going Too Far Can Possibly Find Out How Far They Can Go" - T.S. Elliot
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Jones Gap Marathon

$65 7:30AM EDT - 6:00PM EDT
59 spots left. Registration ends September 10, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Hospital Rock 9 Miler

$48 9:00AM EDT - 6:00PM EDT
59 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.
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 Caesar's 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.This course will showcase two scenic waterfalls, 18 backcountry campsites, over 60 miles of hiking trails, the scenic Middle Saluda River that runs through the park and over13,000 acres of wilderness when combined with Caesar's Head to form the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. 


  • Jones Gap Marathon Sept 13th @ 7:30am
  • Jones Gap 9 Miler Sept. 13th @ 9:00am

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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 at River Falls Lodge located at River Falls Lodge Rd, Marietta, SC 29661. We will have a brief pre race meeting 15 minutes before each race before we take a short 5 minute walk down to the starting line on Duckworth Rd. 

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 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)

Jones Gap Course- Map HERE

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 then 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

Course Cut Off

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 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.

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.

Hotel Accommodations

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. 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
Race Contact Info

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River Falls Lodge Rd
Marietta, SC US 29661
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