Midland Mountain Trail Series

5600 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212

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Event Description

Midland Mountain Trail Series

Full & Half Marathon

Harbison State Forest

Embark on an unforgettable trail running experience with our Midland Mountain Trail Series, featuring two exhilarating races set against the breathtaking backdrop of Harbison State Forest. On November 23rd, 2024, join us for a day of challenge, camaraderie, and stunning natural beauty as we host a marathon and half marathon that cater to runners of all levels. Whether you're a seasoned trail enthusiast or a newcomer looking to test your limits, this event promises an invigorating and rewarding adventure for everyone.
Harbison State Forest provides the perfect terrain for our Midland Mountain Trail Series, offering a diverse and scenic course that showcases the best of the Midlands. As you traverse the well-marked trails, you'll encounter lush woodlands, meandering streams, and challenging elevation changes that add an extra layer of excitement to your race. With the fall foliage creating a picturesque backdrop, participants are in for an immersive experience that goes beyond the typical road race.
At the heart of our series is a commitment to inclusivity and the celebration of the running community. We warmly welcome runners of any level, whether you're aiming for a personal best or simply savoring the joy of the run. From seasoned athletes to those taking their first steps into trail running, our Midland Mountain Trail Series is designed to foster a sense of unity and accomplishment. Join us on November 23rd for a memorable day of trail running that promises both a physical challenge and an opportunity to connect with fellow enthusiasts amidst the stunning natural wonders of Harbison State Forest.


  • WhenNovember 23rd, 2024
  • What:
    • Marathon @ 8am (2 Lap Race)
    • Half Marathon @ 8am (1 Lap)
  • Where: Harbison State Forest
  • Address: 5600 Broad River Road, Columbia, SC 29212
  • Parking: When you enter the Harbison State Forest you will follow the directional arrows to park along the road adjacent to the gazebo 
  • Packet Pickup will be held at the Start/Finish Line under the Gazebo 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Discounts for Club Members of:
    • Upstate Running Club
    • South Carolina Ultra Marathon Club
    • Harbison Trail Runners
  • Post Race Thanksgiving Meal
    • All Runners will be treated with a little meal after the event! Traditional Southern Meat & Three!

Course Description

Harbison State Forest, located in Columbia, South Carolina, boasts a network of diverse and scenic trails that cater to outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. The forest spans over 2,000 acres along the Broad River, offering a captivating natural retreat within easy reach of the city. One of the defining features of the trails at Harbison State Forest is the variety of ecosystems they traverse.
The forest is crisscrossed with well-maintained trails that wind through dense woodlands, providing runners with a shaded and immersive experience. As you explore the trails, you'll encounter towering pine and hardwood trees, creating a canopy that adds to the sense of tranquility. Alongside the trails, meandering streams and creeks enhance the picturesque surroundings, offering refreshing glimpses of water amid the greenery.
Harbison State Forest's trail system also incorporates elevation changes that add an extra layer of challenge and excitement for runners. From rolling hills to steeper inclines, the diverse terrain caters to both seasoned trail runners seeking a test of endurance and beginners looking to build their skills. The trails are marked to guide participants, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience while navigating the captivating landscapes of Harbison State Forest.
Whether you're drawn to the technical aspects of trail running or simply seeking a peaceful escape in nature, the trails at Harbison State Forest provide an ideal setting. The beauty of the forest, combined with the well-designed trail network, makes it a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to immerse themselves in the natural wonders of Columbia, South Carolina.

Aid Station

There will be a total of 3 aid stations along the course. There will be Tailwind, Water, Coke, Mountain Dew and Ginger Ale at the aid stations with an assortment of cookies, chips, crackers, etc. We gladly accept aid station donations of food items that you like to see at races.
  • Aid Station 1 (mile 2.8) and 4 (mile 16): Midlands Mountain. This aid stations is located just before the Midlands Mountain
  • Aid Station 2 (mile 11) and 5 (mile 24): Firebreak Trail, this aid station is near the cell phone tower
  • Aid Station 3 (mile 13.1): Start/Finish Line Area. This aid station will serve as the halfway point of the 50K race.
    • Cup-less Event: Please provide your own hydration vessel for use at our aid stations 


Participants Receive

  • Event Shirt (Optional)
  • Finisher Medal
  • Custom Race Sticker
  • Upstate Race Series Sticker
  • Complimentary Race Photos
  • Custom Race Bib
  • Upstate Race Series Crew Socks


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