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Sandhills Trail & Ultra Festival

When: February 12, 2022
Where: Columbia, SC
Race type(s): 50K, 25K, 5M

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!

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Sandhills Trail & Ultra Festival

Sesquicentennial State Park – Columbia Sc

February 12th – 13th 2022

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Year of the Sandhills Trail & Ultra Festival that will be held at this urban State Park in Columbia South Carolina! Sesquicentennial (Sesqui) State Park is located in the heart of Columbia and includes 1400 acres of single track trails, beautiful lake scenes, camping with several kid family actives and facilities. There are 12 complete miles of trails that encompass the park that showcase the Sandhills region.


  • Sandhills 30 Hour on Saturday @ 8am

  • Sesqui 25k on Saturday @ 8am

  • Sesqui 5 Mile on Sunday @ 8am

Packet Pickup

  • Located adjacent to Start/Finish Line and parking area at the RETREAT CENTER (See available Map)
  • Arrive 75 minutes prior to race start
  • No Packet Pickup prior to race date
  • Must be present to receive apparel orders (no shipping)
  • You will receive a bib that will be worn on the front of body
  • You will receive a timing chip that MUST be returned at the end of your event ($10 replacement fee)


Discounts and Membership

  • All S.C.U.M (South Carolina Ultra Marathon) receive 20% OFF

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Runner Resources

Sandhills Course Description

The course is a 5.5 mile loop that rolls through several sections north of the main trail but comes back to some beautiful and fast single track trails around the lake. The terrain consist of clean single track trails, wider softer trails, and some paved sections around the lake. The looped course runs through the parking lot so runners will be able to set up a 10 x 10 space for the duration of the event.

Race Swag

  • Finisher Medal
  • Upstate Ultra Sticker
  • Upstate Ultra Apparel (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


Camping is available and the course runs by 40 sites. Please contact the park directly for availability.

Address / Parking

Runners will be asked to purchase a day use pass for $5 when entering the park on race day. If you have a state park pass you do not have to pay that fee. Sesquicentennial State Park is located: 9564 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223

Aid Stations

We will have a basic aid station at the start/finish line with tailwind, water, soda, crackers, cookies, chips, pickles, 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


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.
Switch Event: Email me and I will drop you down in distance.
Defer Registration: We do not offer race deferrals
Transfers: We do not offer transfers to other participants.
Refunds: We do not offer race refunds
Race Director Info: Matthew Hammersmith: