Dark Horse Ultra
50k - 25k - 5 Mile - Gravel/Mountain Cycling Event
Tryon Equestrian Center
February 18th & 19th
Introducing our annual Dark Horse Ultra we are excited to bring runners to the amazing facilities that spread out over 200 acres of roaming land, trails, and equestrian activities. Escape your day-to-day life and enjoy a romantic getaway in South Carolina’s beautiful Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Indulge your senses with the natural beauty our lands have to offer while the normal hustle and bustle of your life fades away.
Tryon International Equestrian Center & Resort (TIEC) is the ultimate destination for all who love horses, outdoor living, and an active lifestyle. Home of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018, TIEC offers first-class facilities for equestrian events of all levels and disciplines. Located in the Blue Ridge Foothills of Mill Spring, NC, the competition experience is complemented by diverse onsite restaurants, a variety of shops, relaxing lodging getaways, family entertainment, and more.
Upstate Race Series - Upcoming Events HERE
Join us for one of our 30 events throughout the year. With something for everyone we have races that extend throughout the Upstate of South Carolina. From Lake Hartwell through the Foothill Mountain Range. Locations that cover all of the State Park systems into the Streets of Anderson, Greenville, Travelers Rest, and Spartanburg. We have events that offer opportunity to every level of runner looking to take on their next challenge!
What: 5 Mile Midnight Race, 25k, 50k, Gravel Cycling Race
When: February 18th & 19th (See Schedule Below)
Where: Tryon Equestrian Center (Farm Location)
2659 Sandy Plains Rd Tryon, NC 28782
Packet Pickup 1 Hour Prior to your race start time near starting line
Overall Awards will be given out at the conclusion of the race
Age Group Awards will be recognized in the results tab and our point series.
Our Events Are
Custom Race Logo Sticker
Upstate Ultra Sticker
Complimentary Race Photos
Camping Offered During Registration
Custom Race Bib
Upstate Race Series Crew Socks
Camping Set Up for participants along the course will begin at 4pm=
50k - Saturday February 18th @ 9:00am
25k - Saturday February 18th @ 9:00am
5 Mile Night Run @ Midnight (Sunday 12:00am)
50k Race Mountain/Gravel Cycling Event @ 10:00am
Introducing our annual Dark Horse Psychlo-X we are excited to bring mtb/gravel riders to the amazing facilities that spread out over hundreds of acres of roaming land, trails, and equestrian activities. Tryon International Equestrian Center at Tryon Resort is the ultimate international destination for all who love horses, outdoor living and an active lifestyle. Tryon Resort is an iconic, year-round destination for connoisseurs of diverse cuisine and shopping, lodging getaways, and family entertainment.
The Race is to complete as many 4.2 mile loops as you can in 4 hours.
4 hrs: Noon-4pm
4.2 miles / 426' of gain
60% hard pack - 35% gravel/grass - 5% road
Ideal set up: MTB/Gravel tubeless 40mm
The Course Description
Course preview: HERE
Course Map HERE
The course consists of a 4.2 mile loop that has 426 feet of elevation per loop. The course consists of packed dirt, a few grass sections, and a series of service gravel paths around the lake. 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.
Timing, Race Awards, & Results
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.
This event will be chip timed with a reusable timing chip attached with an ankle strap. The timing chip will correspond with your bib number at packet pickup. The chip will be read by our timing hardware at the finish line and timing software. Results will be updated online periodically throughout the event. Please return your timing chip & strap at the conclusion of your event.
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
The Run Course Description
Elevation Per 6 Mile Loop - 400 Feet HERE
The course consists of a 6 Mile loop that rolls through the equestrian center and has a combination of wide packed dirt paths, single track trails, and grassy meadows! The course is very scenic and is constantly changing.
There is one aid station at the start and finish line. Items may include: pickles, cookies, chips, Little Debbie snacks, assorted candy, chicken/veggie broth, fig newtons, & pretzels. Liquids will include water, Tailwind Nutrition, coke, and ginger ale. If you would like to donate an aid station supply of something that we do not offer or that is homemade feel free!
Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations
Staging Area - Camping and Personal Aid Station
Camping is available for participants and crew members during registration. No water or power, but plenty of space to spread out along the course and right next to the course! 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.
Upcoming Events with Upstate Race Series - See Upcoming Races HERE
25 Annual Races with a wide variety of events including 5ks, Relays, Youth Events, and Ultra Marathons
Without Limits Coaching - Contact Our Coaches HERE
Coaching Services that include training plans and/or race specific race plans and consultations for your next event
Upstate Running Club - Join & Donate for $5 OFF 100+ Local Races HERE
Non-Profit club that funds the Youth Running Club in the upstate with a variety of events and club runs for adult
South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club - Join for 25% OFF Races HERE
Trail & Ultra running club that helps support its members and races throughout the state of South Carolina
Jay Baker Photography Race Photos - See Photos HERE
Complimentary race photos, music, and of course engagement with the crowd to bring you to the finish
Go Green Events Timing & Registration - More Info HERE
Partnering with RunSignUp to bring you an easy registration process and accurate timing on race day.