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Location: Travelers Rest, SC US 29690
Type: Run or Run/Walk
Event Time Price Details
Altamont Half Marathon
7:30AM EDT - 7:00PM EDT
78 spots left.
Price increases after January 29, 2019 at 11:59pm EST

The Ultimate Challenge

Altamont Challenge - April 6th 2019 Travelers Rest, SC 

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The race series is proud to establish one of the most difficult and scenic road challenges in the southeast. A course that is nestled in the foothills and based in TRAVELERS 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! NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART! This race will be scenic, fun, and rewarding to all finishers! Come and see if you can climb ALTAMONT!


  • Packet Pickup: Saturday at Poinsett Park @ 6:30am
  • Altamont Half Marathon starting at Poinsett Park @ 7:30am

Finishers Awards Include

  • Finishers Patch
  • Decal Sticker of Event
  • Post Race Meal
  • Top 3 Overall Male/Female

The Basics

  • 6.55 Mile Course that runs out & back starting from Pointsett Park to CVS over Altamont Rd.
  • 1 Aid Station at the CVS Turn Around
  • This is a CUP-LESS event so you need to have your own water bottle/hydration pack
  • Aid Station will have Tailwind, Soda, Water, GU, Pretzels, Chips
  • Post Race Meal provided to our volunteers and runners of Pizza, Soup, Coffee, etc.


  • Parking will be available at Precision Valve (111 Krieger Dr, Travelers Rest, SC 29690). 
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Race Video

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

Map and Elevation Chart Here: 3,600 Feet +/-

Poinsett Park
5 Pine Forest Rd
Travelers Rest, SC US 29690

What times does the race start? 

  • Half Marathon Starts @ 7:30am

When does registration close?

  • Registration closes when the race meets its capacity (150 people)
  • Registration will also be closed on Thursday at Noon before the event
  • There will be no race day registration

Is there a course cutoff for this race?

  • Yes the course has a 5 hour cutoff for the Half Marathon

How many aid stations are there?

  • There will be one aid station at the half way point of the race. 

What is offered at the aid stations?

  • Tailwind, soda, crackers, candy, pickles, pbandj, salt, etc

What is the race cancellation policy?  

  • We have yet to cancel a race even in a rainstorm. We will most likely postpone the event a few hours or attempt to schedule an alternate date 1 to 2 weeks in advance. We will give a 24 hour advanced notice of cancellation. We aim to hold the race during most seasonal weather challenges but it will be at the parks discretion to cancel a race in the event of severe weather. We will post a make up date in the event. 

What are the race swag items and finisher awards like? 

  • Decal Sticker
  • Finisher Socks
  • Finishers Patch
  • Post Race Meal

How many participants are allowed? Is there a race cap? 

  • Our races have a 150 person cap. We do this to keep our trace down and our tight nit community up. As the race director I make every attempt to talk to every participant that I host at our events. Our volunteers are already working hard to make everyone happy as they enjoy their trail racing event.

Can I bring my dog, family, kids? 

  • Yes, yes, and yes

Can someone else get my packet if I am unable to the day before? 

  • Yes they may but the day of the race you must be present to get your gear. Also all shirts are now FINISHER shirts! If you sign up and are a no show or no finish no patch or shirt.

Can I get a refund or deferment?

  • No unfortunately. 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

How do I become a vendor or sponsor?

  • Please contact

Will there be bathrooms?

  • Yes the facility as a toilet and running water.
  • There is an alternate bathroom in the woods with eco-friendly toilet paper.

What is the course elevation and description?

  • Please see our tab about course description, course elevation, and course video to give you the best sense of the race atmosphere

What is the address and how or where do I park?

  • Address: 5 Pine Forest Rd, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
  • Parking: 400 meters down the road is Precision Valve - 111 Krieger Dr, Travelers Rest, SC 29690
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