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Sassafras Struggle

March 8, 2025 Sunset, SC 29685 US

Upstate Race Series Presents

The Sassafras 8 Mile


Sassafras Mountain 


Rocky Bottom Retreat Center 


Included in Registration

  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Bib
  • Views from Tallest point in SC
  • Event Themed Giveaways
  • Race Sticker
  • Complimentary Race Photos
  • Music & Post Race Party 
  • Optional Race Shirt
  • Age Group Medals (Top 3)
  • Chip Timing w/ Live Results
  • Scenic but SLOW & Challenging Course


Take on the ultimate challenge and experience the breathtaking beauty of South Carolina’s highest peak at the Sassafras 8k Road Race. This exhilarating race takes you to the summit of Sassafras Mountain, offering an unparalleled running experience that combines physical endurance with stunning natural vistas. As you ascend the mountain, you'll be treated to panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making each step a testament to your determination and a celebration of nature's splendor. Whether you’re a seasoned runner seeking a new challenge or a nature enthusiast looking to test your limits, the Sassafras 8k promises an unforgettable adventure.
The Sassafras 8 mile is more than just a race; it’s a journey through some of the most scenic and serene landscapes South Carolina has to offer. The road to the summit winds through lush forests and along mountain ridges, providing a course that is as challenging as it is beautiful. Runners will experience a sense of accomplishment with each elevation gain, and the final stretch to the summit is nothing short of exhilarating. The race is meticulously organized to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience, with well-marked trails and ample support stations along the way.
At the summit, you'll be greeted by the awe-inspiring view from the highest point in South Carolina, making the effort of the climb worthwhile. Celebrate your achievement with fellow runners in an atmosphere of camaraderie and shared triumph. Post-race festivities include refreshments, awards, and the opportunity to soak in the majestic surroundings. Don't miss the chance to be part of this unique event that combines the thrill of racing with the beauty of nature. Register today for the Sassafras 8k Road Race and conquer the heights of Sassafras Mountain!
Join us for a Sunrise at the Sassafras Struggle! Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in South Carolina, with an elevation of 3,560 feet. It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the border of Pickens and Oconee counties, and is part of the Jocassee Gorges region. The mountain is a popular spot for hiking and offers scenic views of the surrounding area. Sassafras Mountain is also home to the Sassafras Mountain Observation Tower, which provides a panoramic view of the Jocassee Gorges & Table Rock.
Come run a scenic 8 mile race that summits Sassafras Mountain!  From the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center we will climb 5 miles to the HIGHEST PEAK in South Carolina! Sassafras Mountain stands at 3,554 feet above sea level and edges the North/South Carolina state line border! This will serve as the toughest road race in the state and you will get a front row view of the most beautiful overlooks in the entire state as you reach the lookout tower! Shuttles will be available and will depart every 10 minutes from the Sassafras mountain top back down the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center.


Race Information

  • What: Sassafras 8 Mile
  • Where: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center - 123 Hancock Rd, Sunset, SC 29685
  • When: March 8th, 2025 @ 9am
  • Packet Pickup: 1 Hour Prior to your race start time at the Rocky Bottom Retreat Center
  • 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.

Event Schedule & Course Map

Sassafras 8mile 9:00am 

Race Day Countdown

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+

Rocky Bottom Retreat Center

123 Hancock Rd
Sunset, SC 29685 US

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