Snowbird Challenge

Anderson, South Carolina

Anderson, South Carolina

Sat 27th January 2024

5 races

Organiser's Description

Snowbird Challenge
Civic Center of Anderson
Sports Complex
Tired of the COLD?
Come get warmed up with a running challenge that will inspire you to your fastest or furthest distance to date!
Welcome to the Annual Snowbird Challenge! We are excited to bring a twist to distance running with this unique style of race format! If you have done it in the heat, why not test your grit in the cold! We have simply duplicated the Carolina Reaper Challenge for all you snowbirds out there! Same race format as our Carolina Reaper Challenge that is held in the summer but simply doing it in the depths of Winter! We will toe the line as individuals or as teams to complete the 2.62 mile loop in our 45 minute time format!
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
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Event Details

What: 50k - 26.2 - 13.1 - 10k - Relay in a unique race format

Where: Civic Center of Anderson - Sports Complex 

Address: 144 Civic Center Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621

When: January 27th 2024

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 winners will be recognized in the results tab and our point series.

Food Truck: Rad Dad food truck will be on site. Their Menu and optional food tickets and be pre-purchased during registration. 

Our Events Are

Youth 8 & Under Race for Free 

Dog Friendly

Walker Friendly

Stroller Friendly

Volunteer for a FREE Race Entry or a Future Race Entry by Upstate Race Series - HERE
Set-UpPacket PickupCourse MonitorMeal/Aid Station PrepCleanupParking
Race Swag

Finisher Medal

Custom Race Logo Sticker

Upstate Race Series Sticker

Complimentary Race Photos

Crew Socks

Custom Race Bib

Raffle Drawing for Run In Gift Cards 

Race Details

Snowbird Challenge 50k - 8:00am

Frozen Full Marathon - 9:30am

Reindeer Marathon Relay (Up to 4 People) - 9:30am

Hibernate Half Marathon - 1:15pm

Toboggan Trot 10k - 3:30pm

Snowbird Challenge Course Description

Course Map - HERE

The new course at the Civic Center of Anderson Sports Complex consists of 90% walking paths, 5% road intersection crossings (runners need to yield to any traffic), and 5% gravel. Runners have the option to run in the grass during 80% of the walking paths if you want some softer running. The course only gains 75 feet of elevation gain per the 2.62 mile loop. The course starts and finishes on the back side of the baseball headquarters. The course will showcase walking paths along the tennis court, the community park, two ponds, an old haunted house, and finish in the middle of the 4 baseball fields. 

This location will have indoor bathrooms, an area for runners to place a 10 x 10 canopy tent for shade in the grass, and a convenient location adjacent to the parking lot for a quick pit stop at your car if needed. The concessions will be open for runners to grab a soft drink, sports drink, snacks, and/or hot dog and hamburger. 

Snow Bird Challenge Race Format

The race course consists of a 2.62 mile loop on sidewalks and walking paved paths with a small section of trail. The personal tent area is located directly behind the start and finish lines. 

Each race has a designated number of loops to complete

50k (12 Loops)

Marathon & Marathon Relay (10 Loops)

Half Marathon & Ruck (5 Loops)

The Timer will ring a kettle bell to start each lap as designated in the schedule above

At the beginning of each loop runners will be given 45 minutes to complete the loop 

If a runner fails to complete the loop under 45 minutes they will be disqualified 

All runners must wait until the top of the 45 minute mark to start their next loop

If you complete your loop in 25 minutes you will have to wait 20 minutes before the next loop. 

If you complete your loop in 40 minutes you will have a 5 minute break. Ya dig? 

Lap Schedule for Live Event

Lap 1 - 8:00am 50k Start

Lap 2 - 8:45am

Lap 3 - 9:30am Full & Relay Start

Lap 4 - 10:15am

Lap 5 - 11:00pm

Lap 6 - 11:45pm

Lap 7 - 12:30pm

Lap 8 - 1:15pm Half Marathon

Lap 9 - 2:00pm

Lap 10 - 2:45pm

Lap 11 - 3:30pm 5 Mile Start

Lap 12 - 4:15pm

What Can My Pace Be?

45 Minutes - 17:11 Min Per Mile

40 Minutes - 15:16 Min Per Mile

38 Minutes - 14:30 Min Per Mile

36 Minutes - 13:44 Min Per Mile

34 Minutes - 12:58 Min Per Mile

32 Minutes - 12:12 Min Per Mile

30 Minutes - 11:27 Min Per Mile

28 Minutes - 10:41 Min Per Mile

24 Minutes - 9:09 Min Per Mile

20 Minutes - 7:38 Min Per Mile

16 Minutes - You Crazy

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 age group standings HERE

Address and Parking

144 Civic Center Blvd, Anderson SC 29621

Following parking sings to the baseball field parking that will be located on Jim Ed Rice Parkway

Relay Teams (Up to 4 People)

One runner per team may run at a given time

Runners may run consecutive laps

2 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 6 laps)

3 Person teams (a single runner can complete a maximum of 4 laps)

4 Person teams (a single runner can complete no more than 3 laps)

Aid Stations
There will be one aid station at the start/finish of the 2.62 mile loop for this race format. 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 
Personal Tent Set Up - Drop Bags
Athletes are permitted to have a drop bag or personal tent near the aid station in the open field, in the parking lot, and along the walking path adjacent to the start/finish line.  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.  When you are finished with your race please "pack in and pack out" making the host facility look better than you found it.  


  • Snow Bird 50k (12 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Frozen Full (10 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Hibernate Half (5 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Reindeer Relay (10 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Toboggan Trot (2 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024


  • Snow Bird 50k (12 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Frozen Full (10 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Hibernate Half (5 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Reindeer Relay (10 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024

  • Toboggan Trot (2 X 2.62)

    Sat 27th January 2024


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