Dark Horse Trail Series

Mill Spring, North Carolina

Mill Spring, North Carolina

Sat 24th August 2024

3 races

Organiser's Description

Dark Horse Race Series
Marathon - Half Marathon - 10k
Tryon Equestrian Center
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, North Carolina is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which provides a beautiful and diverse natural setting. The area features rolling hills, forests, and scenic views of the surrounding landscape, which are popular for outdoor recreation. The town is known for its well-developed trail system, which offers a variety of hiking, biking, and horseback riding opportunities. The trails range from easy walks to more challenging hikes, and they provide access to scenic vistas, waterfalls, and other natural wonders.
Tryon Equestrian Center is a premier equestrian facility located in Tryon, North Carolina. It is a world-class venue that features state-of-the-art facilities for equestrian events, including multiple indoor and outdoor arenas, stabling for horses, and a cross-country course. The center is well-known for hosting a variety of equestrian competitions and horse jumping. In addition to competition facilities, Tryon Equestrian Center also offers training and educational opportunities for riders and horses, as well as a range of amenities for competitors and spectators, such as dining and shopping options. The center is a destination for equestrian enthusiasts and competitors from around the world.

When: August 24th


Marathon 7:30am

Half Marathon 7:30am

10k  7:30am

Where: Tryon Equestrian Center

Address: 25 International Blvd, Mill Spring, NC 28756 

Parking: When you enter the Equestrian Center stay to the left to enter the main gate. Let them know that you are here for the race and follow the driveway to the left which will lead you to participant parking adjacent to the start/finish line. 

Packet Pickup will be held at the Start/Finish Line starting 1 hour prior to you event (address listed above)

Amenities include:

Breakfast Diner

Coffee Shop

Convenient Store


Indoor Bathrooms 

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

Youth 8 Under Race for Free 

Walker Friendly

Dog Friendly

Volunteer for a FREE Race Entry or a Future Race Entry by Upstate Race Series - HERE

Set-Up - Packet Pickup - Course Monitor - Meal/Aid Station Prep - Cleanup - Parking

Participants Receive

Finisher Medal

Custom Race Sticker

Upstate Race Series Sticker

Complimentary Race Photos

Custom Race Bib

Upstate Race Series Crew Socks

Race Awards, Age Group Point Series, Chip Timing

Top 3 Male and Female Overall

Top 3 Male Female Age Group

Event Results - HERE

Age Group Categories
















Upstate Trail/Ultra Series - Age Group Point Series Standings - HERE

Course Description

Elevation Per 6.5 Mile Loop - 600 Feet HERE - Course Map

The course consists of a 6.5 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. 
Aid Station
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. 


  • Dark Horse Marathon

    Sat 24th August 2024

  • Dark Horse Half Marathon

    Sat 24th August 2024

  • Dark Horse 10k

    Sat 24th August 2024


  • Dark Horse Marathon

    Sat 24th August 2024

  • Dark Horse Half Marathon

    Sat 24th August 2024

  • Dark Horse 10k

    Sat 24th August 2024


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