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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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:
Should be placed on front of the body and be visible at least when you cross the finish line
Safety Pins if needed
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
Upstate Ultra Beer Glass
Upstate Ultra Sticker
Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)
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
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.
(15 and under) 5%
(46-49) 5% + 1% for every year
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 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]