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Conquer the Rock 25K & 50k

Pickens, South Carolina

Pickens, South Carolina

Sat 2nd March 2024 - Sun 3rd March 2024

2 races

Organiser's Description

Conquer The Rock
Foothills 50k & Bear Crawl 25k & Dare You Double
Table Rock State Park
Not for the faint of heart but the Conquer is worth the Climb!
Table Rock State Park in South Carolina is a popular destination for hiking, offering a variety of trails that range in difficulty and length. The park is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and features beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. The most popular hike in the park is the 3-mile Table Rock trail which leads to the summit of Table Rock Mountain, offering a challenging hike with an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet. The trail features rocky terrain, steep inclines, and several scenic overlooks. Other popular hikes in the park include the Pinnacle Mountain Trail, which also leads to a summit, and the Carrick Creek Nature Trail, which is an easy, family-friendly hike that winds through the park's forested areas. 
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 Race Series 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. 
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!
Donations & Club Membership Discount - 15% OFF
All club memberships to the Upstate Running Club and/or the South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club fund the Upstate Running Club Youth Team with over 200 members. The club provides FREE training services, training equipment, race uniforms, and comped race entries to our series throughout the year. All donations directly fund the club to help cover the costs of facility rentals, insurance, post practice snacks, team socials, and awards! The program is comprised of athletes of all abilities from ages 6-12 years old
Upstate Running Club Membership - Sign Up HereSouth Carolina Ultra Marathon - Sign Up Here
Event Details

What: 50k on Saturday & 25k on Sunday

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

When: March 2nd & 3rd 2024

Packet Pickup: 90 minutes prior to your race start at Pinnacle Pavilion 

Overall Awards 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
Course Cut Off 11 Hours2 Lap Course - 4.5 Hour First Lap Cutoff

Bear Crawl 25k 8:00am on Sunday
One Lap Course - Course Cut Off 7 Hour

Dare You Double 75k - 50k on Saturday & 25k on Sunday
Course Cutoffs listed in individual events aboveNOTE** If you sign up for both races you will receive a 50% Discount on the 2nd Race at Checkout Automatically 

Participants Receive

Finisher Medal

Custom Race Logo Sticker

Upstate Race Series Sticker

Complimentary Race Photos

Camping is offered through the State Park

Custom Race Bib

Upstate Race Series Crew Socks

Timing, Results, & Race Awards

Top 3 Male and Female will receive an 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

Table Rock Course

NEW 2024 Course Map HERE

The Foothills 50k has 15,000 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. 
Drop Bags
Athletes are permitted to have a drop bag 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
Meal Options
Upstate Race Series will be offering a meal options for runners looking to grab some grub post run! We will not be selling meal tickets on race day due to pre-ordering enough supplies for our event staff, volunteers, and the runners who pre-ordered a meal. You can always come back to the "Meal Ticket" tab on the race website and purchase a meal ticket up to race day. If you would like to purchase multiple meals for yourself, your crew, or spectators please indicate the number in the quantity box. At packet pickup you will receive a meal ticket to be given to our volunteer cook during the designated serving timeframe.
Specifically for Conquer the Rock event we will be serving two meals: 
Saturday Lunch from 3pm to 6pmSunday Lunch from 11am to 2pm
Aid Stations
There are two aid stations on course that runners will pass at mile 3.5 (water only) - 6.5 (water only) - 15 (barn & drop bag) - 18.5 (water only) - 22 (water only).  The main aid station will have tailwind, soda, water, cookies, salt, chips, and crackers. 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. 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 the following 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. 

Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations 

Mandatory nutrition per loop

24oz fluids

500 calories

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


  • Foothills 50K

    Sat 2nd March 2024

  • Bear Crawl 25k

    Sun 3rd March 2024



  • Foothills 50K

    Sat 2nd March 2024

  • Bear Crawl 25k

    Sun 3rd March 2024



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