Conquer The Rock
Foothills 50k & Bear Crawl 25k & Dare You Double
Table Rock State Park
Not for the faint of heart but the views are worth it!


Table Rock State Park is one of the premier parks in the southeast with a mountain range that nestles in the heart of the foothills. This race will test your will but the experience and views will be well worth your effort! Upstate Ultra welcomes you to the Annual Conquer the Rock race series that is held in beautiful Table Rock State Park. Table Rock State Park fits the bill for the natural beauty. The towering mountain, which gives the park its name, serves as a backdrop for the 3,000 acre park. Below this section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, South Carolina natives and visitors can enjoy Table Rock State Park cabins, a campground and an old-fashioned swimming hole on one of the park’s two lakes. The Conquer the Rock Ultra includes the Foothills 50k and the Bear Crawl 25k. This event has a pure, gritty, and natural feel that nestles itself in the heart of the foothills trail. The race offers two distances that encompass a 15+ mile loop within the state park. 
Welcome to the Upstate Ultra Trail Series brought to you by the South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club. We are proud to bring in a series of events that range in distance, terrain, and season! But each race will always posses the same energy and positive atmosphere from our staff, volunteers, and S.C.U.M. Runners. Our club and its races are open to all runners, walkers, and hikers and each member will receive 20% OFF any Upstate Ultra event along with discounted club gear and local sponsors! Join the club for 20% OFF all races - HERE - Check out all of our other events - HERE

Volunteers - If you volunteer for 4 hours at one of our events you get a FREE race entry into one of these future race! Resolution Run – Conquer the Rock – Altamont Challenge – The Country Mile – Knock on Woodstock – Cottonmouth Beerlay – The Longest Day – Carolina Reaper Challenge – The Back 9 – Jones Gap Trail Run – Paris Mountain Half Marathon – Sadlers Creek Stumble – Trotting for Tatas – Dark Horse Ultra – Prisoner of War – Longest Night) To volunteer please select the volunteer tab on the race page for one of the various opportunities on race weekend. 


Event Details

Where: Table Rock State Park – W. Gate Road Pickens, SC 29671 (Not East Gate)

When: March 4th & 5th 2023

Packet Pickup: 1 Hour Prior to your race start time near starting line

Overall Awards for overall will be given out at the conclusion of the race

Age group winners will be recognized in the results tab and our point series.

Race Details

Foothills 50k 8:00am on Saturday March 4th

Course Cut Off 11 Hours

2 Lap Course – 5 Hour First Lap Cutoff

Bear Crawl 25k 8:00am on Sunday March 5th

One Lap Course – Course Cut Off 6 Hour



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Strava Club

Discounts and Membership

All S.C.U.M (South Carolina Ultra Marathon) receive 20% OFF

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Upstate Ultra

Race Swag
All Participants Receive Optional Items:

Finisher Medal

Custom Race Logo Sticker

Upstate Ultra Sticker

Pancake Breakfast or Quesadilla Lunch

Camping is offered (Contact Table Rock State Park Directly)

Conquer the Rock Crew Socks

Race Awards

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

Table Rock Course

NEW Course Map HERE

Elevation Gain – 25k Race – 4,250 Feet of Gain

Elevation Gain – 50k Race – 8,500 Feet of Gain

The Foothills 50k has 16,000 Feet of elevation change and is comprised of a 2 loop course. The course summits Pinnacle Mountain (2nd highest point in South Carolina) as well as Table Rock Summit which has an amazing view of all the Foothills of South Carolina. The start and finish of the race will take place at Pinnacle Barn. The 25k is just one loop of the 50k Course and will have 7,500 feet of elevation change. 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). During the race you will complete an out and back section to the Table Rock overlook on each loop. 
Personal Tent Set Up – Drop Bags

Athletes are permitted to have a drop bag or personal tent near the aid station inside the Barn. Please be mindful to place your personal belongings off the course as to not impede the runners, the flow of traffic, or other race participants. The start and finish line loop will serve as the official drop bag area designation. When you are finished with your race please “pack in and pack out” making the host facility look better than you found it. 
Runners will access Table Rock State Park at this address: W. Gate Road Pickens, SC 29671.From there they will follow the signs to park at the Pinnacle Pavilion. When you enter the front gate you will make your first left hand turn to Pinnacle Pavilion. Please make use of all the parking spots and carpool if available
Aid Stations
There are two aid stations for the 50k that each runner will pass at mile 8 – 11 – 15 – 23 – 26.  This is a cup-less event so runners are required to carry a hydration bottle if they will need fluids during the race. The main aid station will have tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers and various other items from our volunteers. We encourage each runner to bring an aid station item to contribute to this great event. The water station on course will have water ONLY. We gladly accept aid station donations of food items that you like to see at races. Our staff is very busy with course marking, timing, packet pickup, and communication with runners, that it does make it hard to prepare some amazing tasty treats in-between laps so feel free to contribute a little slice of heaven if you can! Due to the limited access on the trail and the WATER ONLY aid station on the course, all runners will be required to start with these minimum nutritional needs. Failure to meet this simple requirement will result in a disqualification. It is important to keep our runners safe so that our staff, our volunteers, and the state park do not have to drag you off the mountain because you failed to prepare appropriately.

24oz fluids (per loop)

400 calories (per loop)

Trekking Poles are allowed but not required

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.
Cabins, Campsites, & Admissions
There are also Cabins available with a 2 night minimum! Come party with us Friday through Sunday. Camping Information : The park provides a 69-site camping area, located near the park entrance, and a 25-site camping area, located near White Oaks picnic area. Each site has individual water and electrical hookups, and picnic table. Some sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet. Both campgrounds are convenient to restrooms with hot showers. To make a camping reservation, call toll-free 1-866-345-7275 or make it online by clicking Park Reservation. Camping reservations must be made for a minimum of two nights. Standard Sites with Elec. & Water : 94 sites start at $25/site/night. Discounted rates may be available for seasons of lower demand.

$6 adults – $3.75 SC seniors – $3.50 children age 6-15 – age 5 & younger are free

Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals
Refunds: We do not offer race refunds
Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith: [email protected]

March 04, 2023 - March 05, 2023
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Foothills 50K
March 04, 2023 (Saturday) - 08:00
50 kilometers
Solo Road
Bear Crawl 25k
March 05, 2023 (Sunday) - 08:00
25 kilometers
Solo Road
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