Snow Bird Challenge

Sat January 23, 2021 Seneca, SC 29678 US
Don't Get Cold Feet!

Snow Bird 50k (12 x 2.62)

125 spots left. Price increases after November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
Thaw Out & Finish!

Frozen Full (10 x 2.62)

125 spots left. Price increases after November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
Wake Up & Warm up

Hibernate Half (5 x 2.62)

125 spots left. Price increases after November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
Teammate Body Warmth!

Reindeer Relay (10 x 2.62)

125 spots left. Price increases after November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
First Time Trail Running?

Toboggan Trot (2 x 2.62)

125 spots left. Price increases after November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
Men #30 / Women #20

Rucking Rudolph

$40 Price increases after November 4, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Snow Bird Challenge

Shaver Sports Complex

Seneca South Carolina January 23rd


Welcome to the 1st Annual Snow Bird Challenge! We are excited to bring a twist to distance running with this unique style of race format! If you have done it in the heat why not test your grit in the cold! We have simply duplicated the Carolina Reaper Challenge for all you snowbirds out there! Same race format as our Carolina Reaper Challenge that is held in the summer but simply doing it in the depths of Winter!


So on January 23rd we will toe the line for as individuals or as teams to complete the 2.62 mile loop around Shaver Sports Complex in our 45 minute time format! The course will include 2 miles of trails and .62 mile loop of bike path. There will be plenty of space to warm up inside the Shaver Sports Complex in between laps with indoor bathrooms, water, power, and a few gallons of hot cocoa to warm back up for our next lap! 



  • Snow Bird Challenge 50k
  • Frozen Full Marathon
  • Reindeer Marathon Relay (Up to 4 People)
  • Hibernate Half Marathon
  • Rucking Rudolf Half Marathon
  • Toboggan Trot 10k


The Course - On Strava

The course starts off in an open field before ascending on a long gradual downhill section before flattening off onto a set of single track trails. The course then set up a short section of climb before opening back up onto the last half mile of the course that is on a flat and fast pavement section heading into the finish! 

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Snow Bird Challenge Race Format

  • The race course consist of a 2.62 mile loop that is half on wide trails and half on a bike path.The personal tent area is located directly behind the start and finish lines. The paths are wide and this is a closed loop with two police officers manning a small section of road 
  • Each race has a designated number of loops to complete
    • 50k (12 Loops)
    • Marathon & Marathon Relay (10 Loops)
    • Half Marathon & Ruck (5 Loops)
  • The Timer will ring a kettle bell to start each lap as designated in the schedule above
  • At the beginning of each loop runners will be given 45 minutes to complete the loop 
  • If a runner fails to complete the loop under 45 minutes they will be disqualified 
  • All runners must wait until the top of the 45 minute mark to start their next loop
  • If you complete your loop in 25 minutes you will have to wait 20 minutes before the next loop. 
  • If you complete your loop in 40 minutes you will have a 5 minute break. Ya dig? 


Lap Schedule for Live Event

  • Lap 1 - 9:00am 50k Start
  • Lap 2 - 9:45am
  • Lap 3 - 10:30am Full & Relay Start
  • Lap 4 - 11:15am
  • Lap 5 - 12:00pm
  • Lap 6 - 12:45pm
  • Lap 7 - 1:30pm
  • Lap 8 - 2:15pm Half Start
  • Lap 9 - 3:00pm
  • Lap 10 - 3:45pm
  • Lap 11 - 4:30pm 5 Mile Start
  • Lap 12 - 5:15pm


What Can My Pace Be?

  • 45 Minutes - 17:11 Min Per Mile
  • 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

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Packet Pickup

You can pick up your race bib and any apparel items purchased race morning near our timing tent at the start finish line. Packet Pickup will start 60 minute prior to the start of each distance! Apparel will be for sale on race day. 


Race Swag

All race participants will receive an Upstate Ultra Sticker and a unique wooden finisher award. Not everyone likes shirts so we have provided an option to purchase an Upstate Ultra Tri-Blend Shirt, Performance Socks, Trucker Hat, or Trail Buff. 


Race Awards

Top 3 Male and Female will receive a custom hand made award by our partner of Next Up Opportunity! Each finisher will receive a finisher medal that will be branded with the race logo and come with a custom race patch on the backside! 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


Address and Parking

The race is located at Shaver Recreation Complex and runners can park at the following address: 698 W South 4th St, Seneca, SC 29678.


Relay Teams (Up to 4 People)

  • One runner per team may run at a given time
  • Runners may run consecutive laps
  • 2 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 6 laps)
  • 3 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 4 laps)
  • 4 Person teams (a single runner can complete no more than 3 laps)


Aid Stations

  • Basic aid station supplies. Water, Coke, Cookies, Tailwind, Pickles, Gummies, Etc. 



In an effort to be good stewards to mother nature we will not have any of the following items at ANY of our events. This is in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint being placed by endurance events throughout the world. Please have a cup or hydration bottle if you will need to consume water/nutrition during the event. Please bring your own fork/spoon for any post race meals. Please bring your own bags for items collected at the race. Please make use of old safety pins or our new Bib Boards that will be available for the timing chip only. 
  • No Cups
  • No Plates
  • No Safety Pins
  • No Plastic Spoons/Forks
  • No Plastic Packet Pickup Bags


  • Switch Event: Email me and I will drop you down in distance. 
  • Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals
  • Transfers: We do not offer transfers to other participants. 
  • Refunds: We do not offer race refunds
  • Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith:
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

Additional Fees
Shaver Complex Admission Fee: $2.50
698 W South 4th St
Seneca, SC US 29678
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