Dark Horse Ultra

1st edition

Dark Horse Ultra
Dark Horse 30 Hour – 50k – 25k – 5 Mile
Tryon International Equestrian Center – October 31st / Nov 1st
Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is the ultimate international destination for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle. As host of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, Tryon International Equestrian Center offers first-class facilities for all FEI disciplines in addition to showcasing hunter/jumper, equitation, steeplechase, polo,  and multi discipline events in Mill Spring, NC. From carousel to competition, the mission of Tryon Resort is to celebrate the magic of the horse, grow equestrian sport, and increase access to this majestic animal. A haven for equestrian competitors and enthusiasts alike, Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment.
Introducing our 1st annual Dark Horse Ultra we are excited to bring runners to the amazing facilities that spread out over hundreds of acres of roaming land, trails, and equestrian activities. 



Dark Horse 30 Hour – October 31st @ 7:00am

Course Cut Off 30 Hours

50k – October 31st @ 8:00am

Course Cut Off 10 Hours

25k – November 1st @ 8:00am

Course Cutoff 5 Hours


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Discounts and Membership

All S.C.U.M (South Carolina Ultra Marathon) receive 15% OFF


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. Change your mind? Update your swag item for this race by following these steps HERE
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
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Runners will access Tryon International Equestrian Center at this address: 25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC 28756. From there they will follow the signs to park at General Store.
Course Markings
The course will have a series of directional arrows that will be placed at all 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). During the race you will complete two out and back sections each loop. We will place a hole punch at each end for you to place a hole in your race bib to verify race distance. 
Admission Fee
There is a cost to enter the facilities for the day that you will cover during registration. All spectators will need to check in at the gate on race day. 
Cabins & Campsites 
There are 3 bedroom cabins available. There are one bedroom cabins available. There are RV sites available

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]

October 31, 2020 - November 01, 2020
Mill Spring


Dark Horse 100
October 31, 2020 (Saturday) - 07:00
100 miles
Dark Horse 50k
October 31, 2020 (Saturday) - 08:00
50 kilometers
Dark Horse 25k
November 01, 2020 (Sunday) - 08:00
25 kilometers
The information about this race is based on information provided by the organizers 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]
Last checked on 2020-10-26


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