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Conquer the Rock 25k & 50k

March 1 - 2, 2025 Pickens, SC 29671 US

Upstate Race Series Presents

Conquer The Rock


Foothills 50k & Bear Crawl 25k & Dare You Double


Not for the faint of heart but the Conquer is worth the Climb!

Table Rock State Park 


Included in Registration

  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Bib
  • Event Themed Giveaways
  • Views from Table Rock and Pinnacle Mountain
  • Race Sticker
  • Compliemnetary Race Photos
  • Music (Live or Amplified) 
  • Optional Race Shirt
  • Age Group Medals (Top 3)
  • Chip Timing w/ Live Results
  • Toughest Trail race in SC


Are you ready to take on one of the most challenging trail races in the state? Conquer the Rock 50k and 25k Trail Race invites you to test your limits on a course that summits both Table Rock and Pinnacle Mountain. This demanding race is not for the faint-hearted, offering rigorous climbs and technical trails that will push your endurance to the max. But the reward is more than worth it – as you navigate through some of South Carolina's most stunning landscapes, you'll be treated to breathtaking views that few get to experience.
The Conquer the Rock trail race is renowned for its unparalleled beauty and formidable challenge. The course winds through lush forests, across rocky terrains, and up steep ascents, providing a diverse and exhilarating running experience. Reaching the summits of Table Rock and Pinnacle Mountain will test your strength and determination, but the panoramic vistas from the top will leave you in awe. Every twist and turn of the trail offers a new perspective, making this race a visual feast as well as a physical trial.
Join a community of passionate trail runners in this epic adventure, where the spirit of camaraderie and mutual encouragement will help you conquer the heights. Whether you choose the 50k or the 25k, you'll be supported by well-stocked aid stations and a dedicated race crew committed to your success. Completing the Conquer the Rock trail race is not just about finishing – it's about pushing your boundaries, embracing the challenge, and celebrating the triumph of reaching the peaks. Register today and prepare to Conquer the Rock in one of the most beautiful and demanding trail races in the state!
Table Rock State Park in South Carolina is a popular destination for hiking, offering a variety of trails that range in difficulty and length. The park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and features beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The most popular hike in the park is the 3-mile Table Rock trail which leads to the summit of Table Rock Mountain, offering a challenging hike with an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet. The trail features rocky terrain, steep inclines, and several scenic overlooks. Other popular hikes in the park include the Pinnacle Mountain Trail, which also leads to a summit, and the Carrick Creek Nature Trail, which is an easy, family-friendly hike that winds through the park's forested areas.
Table Rock State Park is one of the premier parks in the southeast with a mountain range that nestles in the heart of the foothills. This race will test your will but the experience and views will be well worth your effort! Upstate Race Series welcomes you to the Annual Conquer the Rock race series that is held in beautiful Table Rock State Park. Table Rock State Park fits the bill for the natural beauty. The towering mountain, which gives the park its name, serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park. Below this section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina natives and visitors can enjoy Table Rock State Park cabins, a campground and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes. The Conquer the Rock Ultra includes the Foothills 50k and the Bear Crawl 25k. This event has a pure, gritty, and natural feel that nestles itself in the heart of the foothills trail. The race offers two distances that encompass a 15+ mile loop within the state park. 


Event Details

  • What: 50k on Saturday & 25k on Sunday
  • Where: Table Rock State Park 
  • Address: W. Gate Road Pickens, SC 29671 (Not East Gate) 
  • When: March 2nd & 3rd 2024
  • Packet Pickup: 90 minutes prior to your race start at Pinnacle Pavilion 
  • Event Shirts - Our local apparel vendor (Graphic Cow) will be processing all shirt orders. Please follow the link below to pre-order a shirt from the list of races. All race specific shirts will be mailed directly to your home address after the event to commemorate your race experience! The store link will be open until the Monday after each race.


Race Details

  • Foothills 50k 8:00am on Saturday

    • Course Cut Off 11 Hours
    • 2 Lap Course - 5 Hour First Lap Cutoff
  • Bear Crawl 25k 8:00am on Sunday

    • One Lap Course - Course Cut Off 7 Hour


Table Rock Course - Course Map HERE

The Foothills 50k has 15,000 Feet of elevation change and is comprised of a 2 loop course. The course summits Pinnacle Mountain (2nd highest point in South Carolina) as well as Table Rock Summit which has an amazing view of all the Foothills of South Carolina. The start and finish of the race will take place at Pinnacle Barn. 


Drop Bags

Athletes are permitted to have a drop bag near the aid station inside the Barn. Please be mindful to place your personal belongings off the course as to not impede the runners, the flow of traffic, or other race participants. The start and finish line loop will serve as the official drop bag area designation. When you are finished with your race please "pack in and pack out" making the host facility look better than you found it.  



Runners will access Table Rock State Park at this address: W. Gate Road Pickens, SC 29671.From there they will follow the signs to park at the Pinnacle Pavilion. When you enter the front gate you will make your first left hand turn to Pinnacle Pavilion. Please make use of all the parking spots and carpool if available


Aid Station - 50K ONLY

No On Course Aid Station for 25k.
There are 3 locations where runners will pass an aid station on the course
  • Mile 3.5 (Water Only) at the Trail Head and Nature Center - (Bathrooms Available)
  • Mile 6 Miles (Water Only) at the Trail Shelter & Half Way Shelter going up Table Rock Trail
  • Mile 15.5 Miles (Pinnacle Barn / Drop Bag / Start Finish Line) - (Bathrooms Available)
  • Mile 18.5 (Water Only) at the Trail Head and Nature Center - (Bathrooms Available)
  • Mile 21.5 Miles (Water Only) at the Trail Shelter & Half Way Shelter going up Table Rock Trail
The main aid station will have tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. We encourage each runner to bring an aid station item to contribute to this great event. The aid station on course will have water ONLY. Due to the limited access on the trail and the WATER ONLY aid station on the course, all runners will be required to start with the following minimum nutritional needs. Failure to meet this simple requirement will result in a disqualification. It is important to keep our runners safe so that our staff, our volunteers, and the state park do not have to drag you off the mountain because you failed to prepare appropriately. 
  • Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations 
    • Mandatory nutrition per loop
      • 32oz fluids
      • 500 calories

Cabins, Campsites, & Admissions

There are also Cabins available with a 2 night minimum! Come party with us Friday through Sunday. Camping Information : The park provides a 69-site camping area, located near the park entrance, and a 25-site camping area, located near White Oaks picnic area. Each site has individual water and electrical hookups, and picnic table. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Both campgrounds are convenient to restrooms with hot showers. To make a camping reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-7275 or make it online by clicking Park Reservation.
 Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. Standard Sites with Elec. & Water : 94 sites start at $25/site/night. Discounted rates may be available for seasons of lower demand. - $6 adults - $3.75 SC seniors - $3.50 children age 6-15 - age 5 & younger are free

Table Rock State Park

W. Gate Road
Pickens, SC 29671 US

Race Awards & Age Group Point Series

  • Top 3 Male and Female Overall
  • Top 3 Male & Female Age Group
    • 0-9
    • 10-12
    • 13-16
    • 17-19
    • 20-29
    • 30-34
    • 35-39
    • 40-44
    • 45-49
    • 50-54
    • 55-59
    • 60-64
    • 65-69
    • 70-79
    • 80+

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