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Altamont Half Marathon

Sat April 6, 2019 Travelers Rest, SC US 29690

Altamont Half Marathon

$55 7:30AM EDT - 7:00PM EDT Registration ends April 4, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

The Ultimate Challenge

Altamont Half Marathon

Travelers Rest, SC - April 6th 2019  

The race series is proud to establish one of the most difficult and scenic road challenges in the southeast. This year we bring to you the 5th Annual Altamont Challenge A course that is nestled in the foothills and based in Traveleres Rest, South Carolina. The heart of the Foothills was originally home to several Indian tribes, including the Catawba, the Creek, and the Cherokee. Travelers Rest gained notoriety as a stopover for weary travelers and livestock drovers. Travelers Rest boasts a colorful history dating back to America's early years. You will have the opportunity to summit the top of Greenville County near Paris Mountain to look over the entire Upstate!
The race starts at Poinsett Park and quickly runs down to Altamont Road and ascends and descends this beautiful road before reaching the turnaround point and getting the lovely opportunity to run it again! This race will be scenic, fun, and rewarding to all finishers! Come and see if you can overcome the ultimate Altamont challenge!


  • Packet Pickup Saturday at Poinsett Park 6:30am

  • Altamont 13.1 starting at Poinsett Park 7:30am

Past Results

  • 2015 (Half Marathon, Marathon, 5k , Relay)
  • 2016 (Half Marathon, Marathon, Relay)
  • 2017 (Half Marathon, Marathon)
  • 2018 (Half Marathon, Marathon

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Runner Information and Race Day Questions

Packet Pickup

Packet Pickup will be held Friday at New Balance Store Woodruff between 4pm and 8pm. During packet pickup YOU will check in before you pick up your race bib, and giveaway item (shirt, hat, or socks). At 6pm we will have an opportunity shakeout run of 20 minutes before raffling off some sponsor items and enjoying some beer from Brewery 85. Bibs and swag can then be retrieved prior to the race start at the shelter at Poinsett Park. 

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:111 Krieger DrTravelers Rest, SC 29690. There is a short 5 minute walk to Poinsett Park where the race will start and finish. Packet pickup that morning will also be located there. Please no parking at Poinsett Park. This is allocated for volunteers and race staff only. 

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)

Altamont Challenge Half Marathon - Course Map HERE

This half marathon route is an out and back on one of the most scenic and difficult races in the Upstate. The race starts from Poinsett Park and runs down Frontage Road to Altamont Road before ascending one of the tallest peaks in the Upstate at nearly 2,000 feet. This course is all road and will have a police escort for the first 6.5 miles to the half way point/turn around. Please run on the Right side of the road at all times. Start/Finish Location: Poinsett Park - Running Down Old Buncombe From Poinsett Park - Turning Left Onto Altamont Road - Running Up, Over, & Down Altamont to CVS on Right Hand Side - Turnaround at the Checkpoint/Aid Station - Double Back on Altamont Road to Old Buncombe - Turn Right on Buncombe back to Pointset Park and through the park loop - Total Change in Elevation: 3,600 Feet 


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.

Finishers Awards

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 three aid stations on course. The three aid stations are located at mile 3 (top of mountain), 6 (turnaround at CVS), and 9 (back at the top of the mountain). This is a cupless event so runners are required to carry a hydration bottle if they will need fluids during the race. Each aid station will have tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. 


The TV 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 Accommodations Book 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. 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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Poinsett Park
5 Pine Forest Rd
Travelers Rest, SC US 29690
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