Sassafras Struggle

Sunset, South Carolina

Sunset, South Carolina

Sat 23rd March 2024 - Sat 13th April 2024

2 races

Organiser's Description

Sunrise Sassafras 8 Mile
Sunset Sassafras 8k
Leg Busting 8 Mile Trail Run
Sassafras Mountain - Rocky Bottom Retreat Center
Join us for a Sunrise at the Sassafras Struggle! Sassafras Mountain is the highest point in South Carolina, with an elevation of 3,560 feet. It is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the border of Pickens and Oconee counties, and is part of the Jocassee Gorges region. The mountain is a popular spot for hiking and offers scenic views of the surrounding area. Sassafras Mountain is also home to the Sassafras Mountain Observation Tower, which provides a panoramic view of the Jocassee Gorges & Table Rock. 
Come run a scenic 8k or 8mile race that summits Sassafras Mountain!  From the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center we will climb 5 miles to the HIGHEST PEAK in South Carolina! Sassafras Mountain stands at 3,554 feet above sea level and edges the North/South Carolina state line border! This will serve as the toughest road race in the state and you will get a front row view of the most beautiful overlooks in the entire state as you reach the lookout tower! Shuttles will be available and will depart every 10 minutes from the Sassafras mountain top back down the Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center.
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
Race Information

What: Sassafras 8k or 8 Mile Run!

Where: Rocky Bottom Retreat and Conference Center - 123 Hancock Rd, Sunset, SC 29685

When: March 23rd, 2024

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

Food: Meal tickets are available during registration

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.

Aid Station: We will have water at the top of the mountain

Our Events Are:

Walker Friendly (90 Minute Cutoff for 8k)

Stroller Friendly (IF YOU DARE)

Dog Friendly 


Sassafras 8k 7:00am 

5 Miles on ROAD all the way to the top of Sassafras Mountain! 

Course Map HERE - Elevation Gain - 2000 Feet

Sassafras 8 Mile 7:00am 

Includes 5 Miles on the Road to the top of Sassafras Mountain and then a 2 mile section of the Foothills Trail down to the road before heading back to the Rocky Bottom Center Finish.

Course Map HERE - Elevation Gain - 2200

Participants Receive

Finisher Medal

Custom Race Logo Sticker

Upstate Race Series Sticker

Post Run Hot Cocoa 

Camping on site Friday Night (Reserve During Registration)

Complimentary Race Photos

Custom Race Bib

Raffle Drawing for Run In Gift Cards 

Upstate Race Series Crew Socks

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

Aid Station
We will not have any aid stations along the course but we will have water at the top and hot cocoa at the bottom. Please bring all the nutritional items you will need for the duration of the race. 
Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations 


  • Sassafras Struggle (8k)

    Sat 23rd March 2024

  • Sassafras Shuttle (8 Mile)

    Sat 23rd March 2024


  • Sassafras Struggle (8k)

    Sat 23rd March 2024

  • Sassafras Shuttle (8 Mile)

    Sat 23rd March 2024


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