Snowbird Challenge

1st edition

Snowbird Challenge
Shaver Sports Complex
Seneca South Carolina January 23rd


Welcome to the 1st Annual Snowbird Challenge! We are excited to bring a twist to distance running with this unique style of race format! If you have done it in the heat why not test your grit in the cold! We have simply duplicated the Carolina Reaper Challenge for all you snowbirds out there! Same race format as our Carolina Reaper Challenge that is held in the summer but simply doing it in the depths of Winter!
So on January 23rd we will toe the line for as individuals or as teams to complete the 2.62 mile loop around Shaver Sports Complex in our 45 minute time format! The course will include 2 miles of trails and .62 mile loop of bike path. There will be plenty of space to warm up inside the Shaver Sports Complex in between laps with indoor bathrooms, water, power, and a few gallons of hot cocoa to warm back up for our next lap! 



Snowbird Challenge 50k

Frozen Full Marathon

Reindeer Marathon Relay (Up to 4 People)

Hibernate Half Marathon

Rucking Rudolf Half Marathon

Toboggan Trot 10k

The Course – On Strava
The course starts off in an open field before ascending on a long gradual downhill section before flattening off onto a set of single track trails. The course then set up a short section of climb before opening back up onto the last half mile of the course that is on a flat and fast pavement section heading into the finish! 
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Snow Bird Challenge Race Format

The race course consist of a 2.62 mile loop that is half on wide trails and half on a bike path.The personal tent area is located directly behind the start and finish lines. The paths are wide and this is a closed loop with two police officers manning a small section of road 

Each race has a designated number of loops to complete

50k (12 Loops)

Marathon & Marathon Relay (10 Loops)

Half Marathon & Ruck (5 Loops)

The Timer will ring a kettle bell to start each lap as designated in the schedule above

At the beginning of each loop runners will be given 45 minutes to complete the loop 

If a runner fails to complete the loop under 45 minutes they will be disqualified 

All runners must wait until the top of the 45 minute mark to start their next loop

If you complete your loop in 25 minutes you will have to wait 20 minutes before the next loop. 

If you complete your loop in 40 minutes you will have a 5 minute break. Ya dig? 

Lap Schedule for Live Event

Lap 1 – 9:00am 50k Start

Lap 2 – 9:45am

Lap 3 – 10:30am Full & Relay Start

Lap 4 – 11:15am

Lap 5 – 12:00pm

Lap 6 – 12:45pm

Lap 7 – 1:30pm

Lap 8 – 2:15pm Half Start

Lap 9 – 3:00pm

Lap 10 – 3:45pm

Lap 11 – 4:30pm 5 Mile Start

Lap 12 – 5:15pm

What Can My Pace Be?

45 Minutes – 17:11 Min Per Mile

40 Minutes – 15:16 Min Per Mile

38 Minutes – 14:30 Min Per Mile

36 Minutes – 13:44 Min Per Mile

34 Minutes – 12:58 Min Per Mile

32 Minutes – 12:12 Min Per Mile

30 Minutes – 11:27 Min Per Mile

28 Minutes – 10:41 Min Per Mile

24 Minutes – 9:09 Min Per Mile

20 Minutes – 7:38 Min Per Mile

16 Minutes – You Crazy

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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. 
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
Address and Parking
The race is located at Shaver Recreation Complex and runners can park at the following address: 698 W South 4th St, Seneca, SC 29678.
Relay Teams (Up to 4 People)

One runner per team may run at a given time

Runners may run consecutive laps

2 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 6 laps)

3 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 4 laps)

4 Person teams (a single runner can complete no more than 3 laps)

Aid Stations

Basic aid station supplies. Water, Coke, Cookies, Tailwind, Pickles, Gummies, Etc. 

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]

January 23, 2021


Snow Bird 50k (12 x 2.62)
January 23, 2021 (Saturday) - 09:00
50 kilometers
Road Solo
Reindeer Relay (10 x 2.62)
January 23, 2021 (Saturday) - 10:30
26.2 miles
Road Relay
Frozen Full (10 x 2.62)
January 23, 2021 (Saturday) - 10:30
26.2 miles
Road Solo
Rucking Rudolph
January 23, 2021 (Saturday) - 13:30
13.1 miles
Road Solo
Hibernate Half (5 x 2.62)
January 23, 2021 (Saturday) - 14:15
13.1 miles
Road Solo
Toboggan Trot (2 x 2.62)
January 23, 2021 (Saturday) - 16:30
5 miles
Road Solo


Jan 23 2021 : Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
5.5°C - 16.1°C (41.9°F - 61.0°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 2021-01-14


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