The Amazing Upstate Race

Greenville’s Newest Competitive Event

August 21, 2021

Ready to Register your Team?

Sign-up for your team of four and take part in this epic adventure!

See one of the Best Cities in the US from a different POV

We always knew it, but when U.S. News said Greenville was a “Best City” it was hard to ignore. In the Amazing Upstate Race, see all the best that Greenville has to offer—rom a slightly different point of view.

Five AMAZING Challenge Locations

From axe throwing to hitting the green, we’ve modified some of the most fun activities that Greenville has to offer to make the challenges one of the best around

A Few Secret Missions, For Good Measure

Think just five challenges sounds too easy? Then we'll throw in a few secret missions just for good measure. Get added points for crossing them off your list.

Finale and Awards Event

We think that running this Amazing Upstate race is award enough, but just to be sure, we’ve added some real bling at the end. Join us for the finale (and final challenge) and awards ceremony!

About the Race

The Amazing Upstate Race is an exciting new event hosted in Upstate South Carolina to benefit Upstate International, a non-profit dedicated to bringing people and businesses of all nations together, creating community through programs, events and initiatives designed to foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas. As a first-year event, The Amazing Upstate Race will serve as the signature fundraiser for Upstate International, bringing together 20 competing teams in a variety of challenges hosted by venues across the Upstate of South Carolina.

Here’s where your money goes when you decide to join the Amazing Upstate Race:

Language Classes

If you’re looking to learn a new language, look no further than Upstate International! Our language classes are unique —not only are they taught by native speakers of that language, but the small class sizes allows for more interaction and individual attention, making those language lessons stick!

Cultural and International Events

With events that fall under three main categories: cultural, world affairs, or international business—Upstate International events and programs increase awareness, broaden horizons, and inspire appreciation for the many different expressions of cultures in our world.

Relocation Services

Upstate International’s Relocation Program is designed to help individuals and families relocating to the Upstate, especially those coming from international locations. The move to a new country can be stressful and overwhelming, but our program offers coordination and guidance to those who may need help with social security and licensing, utilities, schools, banking, and more.


Educating others, and ourselves, about different countries and cultures remains one of the core goals of Upstate International. From educational events to online resources and more, Upstate International is a prime resource for building our international community here in the Upstate.

What are you waiting for?

Grab three friends and register your team today! Click the button below for details.

Featured Sponsors

The companies listed below aren’t just supporting one of the biggest up-and-coming events in Greenville—they are also playing a major part in the work that Upstate International does within our local international and business communities.  Sponsorships are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To request your sponsorship, click the button below and submit an information form. A member of our team will be in touch right away to tell you more about the sponsor and exhibitor options available.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have questions?  We have answers.

Here are a few more details about this one-of-a-kind upstate competition.

What exactly is the Amazing Upstate Race?

The Amazing Upstate Race is a day-long, multi-challenge event designed to highlight some of the most fun things to do in the Upstate, while benefiting one of the Upstate’s most important non-profits. The Amazing Upstate Race will begin at 7:30 a.m. on August 21, and conclude almost 12 hours later, after teams have gone through 4 major challenges (and a few minor ones!)

Who does it benefit?

The Amazing Upstate Race is a benefit fundraiser for Upstate International, which has served as a regional educator and leader in promoting cross-cultural communication, diversity and inclusion for 23 years. Upstate International hosts the World Affairs Council Upstate, Upstate International Month, Salsa at Sunset, the International Women’s Group, Global Business Connections, UI Foreign Language School, and a wide variety of cultural programming. 

How many teams can participate?

Because of the time required to get through each challenge, we are limiting 2021 registrations to 21 teams of four people each

What are the challenges?

We’ve worked with some of the best entertainment venues in the Upstate to build out a fun-filled day of events, and we’re happy to consider 3s Golf and Grill, Treetop Quest, and Craft Axe as our host challenge locations. But that’s not all—we’ll also have a World Cup-themed opening challenge “kickoff” alongside the best around—the Greenville Triumph! And, you won’t want to miss our Celebration Finale at the Camperdown Plaza, where we’ll have a cultural celebration, the final challenge for the top 4 teams, and the awards presentation!

What if a team or participant can't complete a challenge?

If you can’t complete a challenge for any reason, don’t worry! We have penalty scores built in to each challenge to take it into consideration, and you’ll still have a very good chance to walk away the a winner!

Is there a minimum age for competitors?

Yes! Due to the types of challenges, no one under the age of 10 may participate. Any children ages 10-16 must also have a parent or guardian on the team; a parent or guardian must sign any required waivers on behalf of anyone below the age of 18 the minor in order for them to participate. 

What type of waivers will I have to sign?

Yes! Each major challenge has a waiver. Participants will be provided these to sign electronically prior to the event.
Please note: any participant without a signed waiver will not be allowed to participate in the associated challenge. 

What will I need to bring?

All participants will need the following: closed-toed shoes, comfortable clothing for outdoor participation, reliable, insured transportation (to get you back and forth to your challenges!), and a spirit of excitement!! Please do not bring the following: minor children who are not participating in the challenges, pets, alcohol or other contraband. 

Are there any considerations for COVID-19?

While due to the nature of the Amazing Upstate Race, where participants are already outside and socially distanced, we are constantly keeping up with the requirements as placed forward by the CDC, SCDHEC and the local governments in order to keep our volunteers, staff and participants safe.

What do you win?

As if the honor of being crowned the 2021 Amazing Upstate Race winner wasn’t enough—we have a number of prizes for participating teams—from the fastest to the biggest fundraiser. We can’t share too much more, though—you’ll just have to attend our Celebration Finale to find out!

How can I volunteer?

Amazing Upstate Race volunteers will be stationed at various challenges and come together for closing ceremonies. You’ll get to interact with the racing teams, monitor the challenges and brag that you were THERE at the first ever Amazing Upstate Race! (August 21). Click here to learn more about volunteering for our Amazing Upstate Race.