Firebreak Ultra & FKT Challenge

Fire Break 50 Mile & 5 Mile FKT Challenge
Harbison State Forest – Columbia SC
May 15th 2021
Harbison State Forest is a unique location in Columbia, South Carolina. Over 2100 acres and more than 20 miles of trails make Harbison State Forest a great place to be in nature in an urban environment. It starts and ends in the same location allowing runners, hikers, and mountain bikers to experience all they would expect of being outdoors. Steep climbs, declines, a creek crossing are just some of the features this trail offers.
The history of the Forest dates back thousands of years. Catawba and Cherokee tribes frequently traversed the woodlands to reach an ancient fording location on the Broad River. Early roads and paths leading to the ford made the area an attractive location for the first European settlers who formed a community which came to be known as Dutch Fork (from “Deutsche volk”).
In 1951 the South Carolina Forestry Commission purchased 2,135 acres of land on the Broad River from the Board of National Missions for the Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church. The Church stipulated that the land be named “Harbison Forest” in honor of a major benefactor In 1981, the Forestry Commission approved a master plan for the long-term development of the tract. The goal was to provide a public greenspace to serve as an educational environment promoting the value of the state’s forests and encouraging the stewardship of all of our natural resources.



Firebreak Ultra will be a 10 lap race around the Firebreak Trail making it a 50 mile event.

Race Start at 7:00am w/ 12 Hour Cutoff

Firebreak FKT Challenge will be a 5 mile race around the Firebreak Trail

Race Start at 8:00am

Firebreak 50 Mile Team Relay

Race Start at 7:00am

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Hydration: Tailwind at all Aid Stations

Anti-Chafing: Salty Britches in Runners Packets

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

Runners can enter the park at the following address: 5600 Broad River Rd Columbia, SC US 29210. Once you enter the park please follow the signs to the designated parking area and race staging area. 
Firebreak Course Description

Course Map HERE

Elevation Gain per 5 Mile Loop – 260 Feet

The course consists of a 5 mile loop with 260 feet of climbing per loop. The trail is single track with minimal roots. We 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.


The Relay
This is a 50 Mile Relay – Teams up to 5 People running the 5 mile loop 10×. Runners can complete two consecutive loops but teammates are not allowed to run 1 loop more than any other teammate. I.E. If a team of 3 people are racing the 10 loop race then runners 1 & 2 cannot run 4 loops while teammate 3 only completes 2 loops. This prevents stacking teams while utilizing the handicap advantage

(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%


Aid Stations
There is one aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish loop. The aid station will be fully stocked with tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. This is a cup less event so runners are required to carry a hydration bottle if they will need fluids during the race.
In an effort to be good stewards to mother nature we will not have any of the following items at ANY of our events. This is in an effort to reduce the carbon footprint being placed by endurance events throughout the world. Please have a cup or hydration bottle if you will need to consume water/nutrition during the event. Please bring your own fork/spoon for any post race meals. Please bring your own bags for items collected at the race. Please make use of old safety pins or our new Bib Boards that will be available for the timing chip only. 

No Cups

No Plates

No Safety Pins

No Plastic Spoons/Forks

No Plastic Packet Pickup Bags


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]

May 15, 2021


Firebreak 50 Mile
May 15, 2021 (Saturday) - 07:00
50 miles
Solo Road
Firebreak 50 Mile (Relay)
May 15, 2021 (Saturday) - 07:00
50 miles
Solo Road
Firebreak FKT 5 Mile Race
May 15, 2021 (Saturday) - 08:00
5 miles
Solo Road


May 15 2021 : Clear throughout the day.
6.5°C - 24.2°C (43.7°F - 75.6°F)

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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]
Last checked on 2021-05-14


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