Drink- Run- Repeat. 
Cottonmouth Beerlay
June 5th, 2021 – Travelers Rest South Carolina 
The 4th Annual Cottonmouth Beerlay will be one for the history books! We have literally combined two of the best things in the world… Drinking and Running. While not traditionally put together this chemistry experiment is bound to have some “explosive” results! Individuals and Relays will perform country trail loops in Travelers Rest with a little bit of liquid courage to get you to the finish line. Before each lap is run, you have the option to drink a 12-ounce beer for a 2 minute deduction off your lap time. Run solo, with your best friend, or on a team of 3 or 4 to complete the 8 Mile course. Beer option only available for those 21 and older. Your relay baton will be a full beer can. You must hold this can the entire race. (any team with a racer under 21, will hold a non-alchoholic object)

8 Mile Cottonmouth – 4:00pm 

8 Mile Cottonmouth Relay (2 – 4 People) – 4:01pm

BYOB 1 Mile Race – Solo Beer Mile 4 Beers 4 laps around the 400 meter track 5:30pm

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Hydration: Tailwind at all Aid Stations

Anti-Chafing: Salty Britches in Runners Packets

Handicap: Along with a 2:00 minute time deduction for drinking beer, we are also implementing age graded deductions. **If you are part of the relay your age and gender handicap will be averaged among the number of relay members.

(Women): 10%

(15 and under) 5%

(40-45) 5%

(46-49) 5% + 1% for every year

(50-54) 14%

(55-59) 18%

(60-64) 21%

(65-69) 26%

(70+) 30%


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Race Day Expectations

Please have your bib # available for our staff at packet pickup 

Bib Numbers can be found in the “Find a Participant Tab” in the race menu

Arrive 90 minutes prior to race start

Address for Parking/Packet Pickup listed below

Please carpool if available

Admission Fee is $5 IF held at State Parks

Fees are waived with State Park pass

Bathrooms – Parking – Start/Finish Line – Packet Pickup – Drop Bag Area -  Aid Stations 

All of these areas will be located within eyesight of one another 

Drop Bags can be placed at the start/finish line area. 

At packet pickup give your bib number to one of our staff or volunteers

They will give you a: 

Bib Number
Should be placed on front of the body and be visible at least when you cross the finish line

Safety Pins if needed

Giveaway Items

Event Apparel (if ordered)

Timing Chip & Strap w/ corresponding Bib # that needs to be worn on your ankle 

Needs to be returned. Failure to return the chip or lose the chip will include a $25 replacement fee

Prior to race start the RD will give some last minute instructions 

When you finish the race please return the timing chip and strap before getting your finisher medal 

If you DNF or fail to meet the time cutoff please return the chip, inform a volunteer or timer before leaving the facility 

Race Swag

Finisher Medal

Upstate Ultra Beer Glass

Upstate Ultra Sticker

Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)

Race Awards

Top 3 Male and Female will receive a custom hand made award!

Each finisher will receive a finisher medal that will be branded with the race logo and custom lanyard.

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

Do I need to bring my own beer? 

Brewery 85 will be providing us with the beer for the event. If you would like to bring your own Beer it must be above 5% ABC

How many beers do I drink for my time deduction? 

8 Mile Individual – While you do not HAVE to drink for your event if you drink the beer/soda prior to each 2 mile lap you will be rewarded 2 minutes off your time. One beer is allowed per lap of the 4 lap race. The beer must be drank completely prior to the start of the next lap

8 Mile Relay – While you do not HAVE to drink for your event if you drink the beer/soda prior to your leg of the 2 mile run you will be rewarded 2 minutes off your time. If you are a 4 person team, each runner is given the opportunity to drink a beer prior to starting their two mile run. 

BYOB Beer Mile – Competitors will drink 4 beers in total. Consuming one beer per lap around the 400 meter grass loop of the pond.



Each competitor will drink 4 beers total (1 Per 400 meter lap)

(start – beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap – finish).

Beer must be consumed before the lap is begun, within the transition area which is the 10 meter zone before the start/finish line on a 400m track.

The race begins with the drinking of the first beer prior to starting the first 400 meter lap

Competitors must drink canned beer and the cans should not be less than 355ml (the standard can volume) or 12oz (the imperial equivalent).

Bottles may be substituted for cans as long as they are at least 12 oz (355 ml) in volume.

No specialized cans or bottles may be used that give an advantage by allowing the beer to pour at a faster rate. ie “super mega mouth cans” or “wide mouth bottles” are prohibited.

Beer cans must not be tampered with in any manner, ie. no shotgunning or puncturing of the can except for opening the can by the tab at the top. The same applies with bottles – no straws or other aids are allowed in order to aid in the speed of pouring.

Beer must be a minimum of 5% alcohol by volume. Hard ciders and lemonades will not suffice. The beer must be a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malted cereal grains and flavored with hops. For an abbreviated list of valid beers and exceptions, click here.

Each beer can must not be opened until the competitor enters the transition zone on each lap.

Competitors who vomit before they finish the race must complete one penalty lap at the end of the race (immediately after the completion of their 4th lap). Note: Vomitting more than once during the race still requires only one penalty lap at the end. * It is strongly recommended, when attempting official records, to tip the empty beer can or bottle over your head at the end of a chug to verify an empty vessel.


Switch Event: Email me [email protected] 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: [email protected]

June 05, 2021
Travelers Rest


Cottonmouth 8 Mile (Individual)
June 05, 2021 (Saturday) - 16:00
8 miles
Relay Road
Cottonmouth 8 Mile (Beerlay)
June 05, 2021 (Saturday) - 16:00
8 miles
Solo Road
The information about this race is based on information provided by the organisers or found on the official website of the event. Always check the official website for up-to-date information. If you have noticed any mistake, let us know at [email protected]


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