Sassafras Struggle 8k

Sassafras Struggle
Hardest Road 8k in the WORLD
Sassafras Mountain – January 30th
Come run the hardest 8k or 16k race of your life!  From the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center we will climb 5 miles to the HIGHEST PEAK in South Carolina! Sassafras Mountain stands at 3,554 feet above sea level and edges the North/South Carolina state line border! This will serve as the toughest road race in the state and you will get a front row view of the most beautiful overlooks in the entire state as you reach the lookout tower! 

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Date: January 30th 2021

Packet Pickup: Will take place at Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center starting at 8:30am

Aid Station: We will have water at the top of the mountain

Place: Rocky Bottom, SC

Directions: 123 Hancock Rd, Sunset, SC 29685

Shuttles will be available and will depart every 10 minutes from the Sassafras mountain top back down the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center.
These prices include a shirt
Sassafras Struggle (8k) – 5 Miles on ROAD all the way to the top of Sassafras Mountain! 
One Week @ $20Until Race Week @ $35Race Week @ $45Race Day $60
Sassafras Shuttle (16k) – Includes 5 Miles on the Road to the top of Sassafras Mountain and then a 3 mile section of the Foothills Trail down to the bottom! 
One Week @ $25Until Race Week @ $40Race Week @ $50Race Day $65

Sassafras 8k 10:30am 

Course Cut Off 2 Hours & 30 Minutes

Sassafras 16k 10:00am 

Course Cutoff to the top will be 2 hours


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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 line. Packet Pickup will start 90 minute prior to the start of the race! Apparel will be for sale on race day. Race Day registration is also available but I will warn you now, you will not like the price. Best bet is to register now!
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
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. 
Overall Top 3 Males and Females
Top 3 Age Group M&F divisions













January 30, 2021


January 30, 2021 (Saturday) - 10:30
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January 30, 2021 (Saturday) - 10:30
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Mixed Extreme Mountain Range Solo
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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