The hilly (both up and down) nature of the course makes the Black Mountain Marathon one of the most challenging marathons in the U.S.
The course starts at an altitude of 2,360' and travels to the Black Mountain Gap overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here, at an elevation of 5,340' and with an extraordinary view of Mount Mitchell as a backdrop, Marathoners will turn and retrace their course to the Start/Finish area in Black Mountain.
The Black Mountain Marathon was the 172nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 282nd largest in 2015.
Last year 0.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and no runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the Black Mountain Marathon the 486th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 472nd highest percentage in 2015.
Its Course Score of 90.85 ranks it as the 424th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 13th fastest course in North Carolina.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Black Mountain Marathon a PR Score of 90.85. This PR Score ranks it as the 423rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 13th fastest in North Carolina.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.