Swamp Rabbit 5K

When is the Race?

The Swamp Rabbit 5K usually takes place the first Friday in May at 6:30 p.m.

Where is the Race?

Gateway Park (Behind Sunrift Adventures)
115 Henderson Drive, Travelers Rest, SC
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What is the Course?

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Where Can I Register?

Online Registration is currently closed.

You can register in person on the Thursday before the race at the Crowne Plaza Hotel from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or at Gateway Park on Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Registration is $15 and can be paid by cash or card.

Packet Pickup

Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (View Map). ***Packet pickup is also Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. AT GATEWAY PARK***.

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To save paper, pre-registration is online only (except day-of registration). The low $6 fee ($15 starting 4/28) includes processing fees, and the site is 100% secure. All online registrants receive a FREE GHS Swamp Rabbit 5K T-shirt!

Electronic scoring is used for all runners and walkers to capture start and end times. Awards will be given for top finishers in each age group afterward.

After the race, enjoy FREE food, drinks and music. We also feature many children’s activities.

Race Director is Chad Carlson (chad@book-events.com)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the race policy in the instance of bad weather?
A: The race will be held rain or shine. In the instance of extremely dangerous weather such as lightning, the GHS Swamp Rabbit race committee, in cooperation with the City of Travelers Rest, will make a decision about the appropriate course of action. Check our website for updates. Race entry fees are non-refundable.

Q: Can I get a refund if I do not race?
A: Race entry fees are non-refundable

Q: Can I register on race day?
A: Yes! However, we do encourage you to pre-register to minimize the rush at the event. We will also offer registration at all packet pickup locations as well as at the event.

Q: I am coming in from out of town and do not arrive until race day, how do I get my bib and chip?
A: You may pick up your packet at the event from 11:30 a.m.-6:15 p.m. The location for the packet pick up will be on the basketball courts at Gateway Park.

Q: Can we pick up our packets before race day?
A: YES! We encourage all participants to pick up their packets before race day. Packet pickup is Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza (View Map)

Q: Can someone else pick up my packet for me?
A: If you have pre-registered, someone else may pick up your packet and chip.

Q: Is group registration available for the 5K?
A: We strongly encourage you to bring lots of friends with you to run the race; however, registration is done only on an individual basis.

Q: How do you plan to handle the large number of people on the course?
A: We work hard to make the event safe and enjoyable for everyone. We stage people by pace on the start line. We do ask that participants be realistic of their pace and line up accordingly. We also have signage and volunteers on the trail to encourage slower participants to stay to the right of the trail to allow others to pass. We do ask that all participants be respectful of each other on the course.

Q: Where should I park on race day?
A: Many companies and churches have opened their parking lots up to participants and spectators. As you enter Travelers Rest, you will see yellow and black signs directing you to parking locations. We also have the support of City of Travelers Rest Police Officers to direct participants to parking areas. We do want to encourage everyone to CAR POOL! This helps cut down on the congestion.

Q: Will there be aid stations on the run course?
A: Yes, we have aid stations along the courses. There are a minimum of three aid stations. These aid stations distribute water.

Q: Can I run with earphones or other electronic devices?
A: Use of earphones or other electronic devices during such an event is highly discouraged. For your safety and the safely of those around you, you are advised not to use electronic devices during this event.

Q: Can I run with my dog?
A: No. Even well-trained dogs under your control can be a safety hazard to others in the race.

Q: Can I run with a baby stroller?
A: Yes. If you would like to walk with a stroller, you may do so. We ask that you start in the back of the pack behind the runners and other walkers. As you are walking, we ask that you stay to the right of the road/trail so faster runner/walkers can pass. If your child is in a stroller, you do not need to register them for the event.

Q: I am walking the course, can my child walk with me?
A: Yes, but he or she must register, as well. Anyone who enters and wears a race bib and chip may participate in the event.

Q: Will you capture chip and gun time?
A: Yes. We have timing mats at the start line to capture the time in which you crossed the line. We post both the chip and gun times at the end of the event. Please note that gun times will be used for awards.

Q: What is the timing system used by Set Up Events?
A: Set Up Events, who is handling the online registration and race timing for the GHS Swamp Rabbit 5K, is an official ChampionChip licensed timing company and uses the ChampionChip timing system. All participants wear a small chip on their bibs during the entire event, which Set Up Events uses to capture times at key locations (i.e., start and finish). Participants are given a timing chip at the event, which is disposable, but may be returned after the event for recycling.

Q: What do I do with the timing chip if I drop out of the event and I don’t cross the finish line?
A: Disposable timing chips are used in the GHS Swamp Rabbit 5K, and they do not need to be returned.

Q: Will the course be closed to traffic?
A: Much of the course is closed to traffic, while other sections are coned off for runners, with City of Travelers Rest Police Officers and course volunteers monitoring those areas. Traffic is controlled at major intersections by City of Travelers Rest Police Officers.