Harbison State Park – Columbia South Carolina
Harbison 25k & 50k
January 7th, 2023
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. 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.
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 3 hours at one of these events you get a FREE race entry into one of the future races! (Sandhills Trail & Ultra Festival – Harbison Ultra – Firebreak Ultra) –  To volunteer please select the volunteer tab on the race page for one of the various opportunities on race weekend. 


Event Details

Where: Harbison State Forest, 5600 Broad River Rd, Columbia, SC 29212

When: January 7th, 2023

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

Race Day Registration: will be open until the race starts via phone or computer.

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

Harbison 50k 7:30am on Jan 7th

Bear Crawl 25k 9:00am on Jan 7th


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Race Swag
All Participants Receive Optional Items:

Finisher Medal

Custom Race Logo Sticker

Upstate Ultra Sticker

Post Run Broth (Vegetable or Chicken)

Upstate Ultra Apparel (Optional during Registration)

Race Specific Shirt (Optional during Registration)

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

Harbison Course Description

Course Profile - HERE - Elevation – 2,500 Feet 50k / 1250 Feet 25k

The 2021 Harbison 50K will be the 13th year of the race! The Harbison 50K/25K is a trail race in Columbia, SC. Runners will make their way through a wide range of trails that will be a warm welcome for the first time trail runner while giving the returning athlete a chance to break a firebreak course record! 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.
Personal Tent Set Up – Drop Bags

Athletes are permitted to have a drop bag or personal tent near the aid station. 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 Harbison State Forest at this address: 5600 Broad River Rd Columbia, SC US 29212.From there they will follow the signs to park near the Gazebo. When you enter the front gate you will make your first left hand turn. 
The race has a cut off of 10 hours due to the State Forest Hours of operation. We are implementing a hard 5 hour first lap cutoff for the 50k runners.  However, as in year’s past, as long as the runners and the race sweep are through the last aid station before the cut off, we will wait and record everyone as an official finisher!  
Aid Station
There will be a total of 3 aid stations along the course. The first two aid stations are approximately 6 miles apart, so please ensure that you have the necessary hydration and nutrition for the distance. There will be Tailwind, Water, Coke, Mountain Dew and Ginger Ale at the aid stations with an assortment of cookies, chips, crackers, etc. 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! Thank you

Aid Station 1 (mile 5) and 4 (mile 20): Midlands Mountain. This aid stations is located just before the Midlands Mountain

Aid Station 2 (mile 13) and 5 (mile 28): Firebreak Trail, this aid station is near the cell phone tower

Aid Station 3 (mile 16): Start/Finish Line Area. This aid station will serve as the halfway point of the 50K race.

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

January 07, 2023
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Harbison 50k
January 07, 2023 (Saturday) - 07:30
50 kilometers
Solo Road
Harbison 25k
January 07, 2023 (Saturday) - 09:00
25 kilometers
Solo Road
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