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
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
This is a 50 Mile Relay - Teams up to 5 People running the 5 mile loop 10x. 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
Please arrive 90 minutes prior to your race start to ensure you can locate parking, bathrooms, packet pickup and set up your personal aid station if needed. You can pick up your race bib and any apparel items purchased race morning near our timing tent located near our start/finish line. Apparel will be for sale on race day.
Bib # & Timing Chip
Please locate the Bib # Sheet at packet pickup. It will be organized by distance and in alphabetical order. Find your name that corresponds with your assigned bib # and give that number to one of our volunteers at packet pickup. Please make sure that your bib is on the front of your body and is visible when you cross the finish line. Please make sure to return your timing chip and bib along with the reusable BibBoard to the correct storage bin located at the finish line prior to getting your finish medal. Participants who lose or neglect to return their timing chip will be asked to mail it in or pay $10 to have the reusable chip replaced.
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 stepsHERE
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 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
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.
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)
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.
Drop Bags can be placed at the start/finish line area. Please label your drop bag with your name and BIB number. This ensures that your drop bag is at the finish line ready for you as soon as you finish.
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 WithoutLimitsGreenville@gmail.com 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: WithoutLimitsGreenville@gmail.com