Prisoner of War Ultra
Camp Croft State Park – Spartanburg Sc
February 13th – 14th 2021
“The prisoner, having reached the depth of his depression, gradually reawakens to the life around him. He licks himself and his wounded pride, opens his eyes, and finds that far away on the horizon there is still a ray of sunlight left.”
Upstate Ultra is presenting its 2nd Annual Prisoner of War Ultra to be held at Camp Croft State Park in Spartanburg South Carolina. This race will bring the history of Camp Croft as an Infantry Training camp established in the 1940’s in preparation of World War II. Over 200,000 soldiers were trained at Camp Croft during that time. The majority of the soldiers trained at Croft were rifleman and as you do loops around the 7 mile course you can still hear shots being fired at the James O. Thomason Firing Range over the hill.
Many of us have family members who are in active duty or veterans of war. Many of them suffer from aspects of the war that are hard to explain. They keep them locked inside and create their own prison wall inside. As a participant of this 24 Hour Run please keep in mind the struggle that many veterans faced during and after their service.
This 7,000-acre park near downtown Spartanburg was once a United States Army training camp, giving it the name Camp Croft. The training base was established here in 1941 under the direction of then-United States Senator James F. Byrne and was named in honor of Major General Edward Croft of Greenville, a former United States Army Chief of Infantry who died in 1938. From 1941 through 1946, around 60,000 troops went through training at Camp Croft each year. The camp closed in 1947, and the land was transferred to the South Carolina Commission of Forestry for use as a state park. Camp Croft State Park opened in 1949.
Part of the proceeds will go directly to Camp Croft State Park for park and trail maintenance and the other part will go to Fellow Countryman! They are a Combat Veteran owned and operated program. They have personally experienced on numerous occasions, the sacrifices made by America’s finest men and women who’ve fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice to defend America’s way of life. Please take a few minutes to read about one of America’s Heroes that gave his life in the line of duty, so that others might live.
Event Start Times
Prisoner of War 24 Hour Run – February 13th @ 8am
Marksman 50k – February 13th @ 10am
Infantry 25k – February 14th @ 8am
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Discounts and Membership
All S.C.U.M (South Carolina Ultra Marathon) receive 15% OFF
ALL MILITARY GET 25% OFF (email for code)
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.
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
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
Overall Top 3 M&F
Top 3 Age Group M&F
Runners can enter the park at the following address: 450 Croft State Park Road, Spartanburg, SC 29302. Once you enter the park please follow the signs to main park office adjacent to Campground loop 1 & 2. Any additional parking can be found adjacent to the horse stables and will be marked accordingly. PARK GATES DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 7 AM ON RACE DAY
Camping reservations will be made available on a first come first serve basis. It is recommended that if you are running the 30 hour event that you make a reservation within Campground Loop 1. The run course will actually go by every campsite in Campground loops 1. If you are unable to make a reservation there will be a base camp and aid station area designated for all other runners to place their drop bags to be used during the race.
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)
30 Hour Runners
Participants will have 30 hours to run, walk, crawl, or hike as many laps as they can starting at 8am on Saturday through 2pm on Sunday. Each lap will encompass the 15 mile figure 8 loop (8 miles one way and 7 miles the other) that includes going around the campground and by each campsite.
Participants of the 50k will have a 12 hour cutoff to complete 2 loops of the 15.5 mile course.
Participants of the 25k will have a 6 hour cutoff to complete 1 lap of the 15.5 mile course.
There is one aid stations on course that will be located at the start/finish. During the event you will run a figure 8 style loop which will allow you to refuel at mile 7.5 and then again at mile 15.5 of each loop. The aid station will be fully stocked with tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. We will be preparing meals for the 30 Hour runners only. We encourage all runners to bring a dish or aid station food to help contribute to this wonderful event. This is a cup less event so runners are required to carry a hydration bottle if they will need fluids during the race.
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]