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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, July 8, 2017
2016: Saturday, July 9, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Very Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Mostly on Road/Pavement
Certified?: No

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 65°F (18°C)
Average High: 76°F (24°C)
Average Low: 53° F (11°C)

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: N/A
Course Score: N/A

Race Size

2016: 292 Finishers
2015: 308 Finishers
2014: 291 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: N/A
2015: N/A

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Grandfather Mountain Marathon begins at Kidd Brewer Stadium on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

The start is at an elevation of 3,333 feet and climbs to an elevation of 4,279 feet where it ends on Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC.

The course is mountainous and very scenic as it winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course is run predominately on asphalt (3 miles of the course is on gravel).

Marathon Rankings

The Grandfather Mountain Marathon was the 214th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 210th largest in 2015.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 4310 feet (1314m)
Min Elevation: 3142 feet (957m)

No course elevation available at this time.

Ratings & Reviews for the Grandfather Mountain Marathon

5 Stars from 1 Reviews

review of 2012 Grandfather Mountain Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


A true classic and one that you will want to return and do again. Great scenery, well organized and very consistent in what is promised and executed.

Race Tips

First two miles flat....then the toughest climbs are within the next 8.5 miles. You run a nice downhill stretch on the Blue Ridge Parkway, then begin climbing again. The main difference from the first ten miles is that the climbs are shorter and there are several flattish stretches where you can make up time. Pretty shady course and the temps usually work in your favor...seems to get cooler as you ascend.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Hotels are pretty expensive, but they offer a deal to stay one night in a private dorm room which is a great bargain. If you have never done the race, the pasta dinner is a good value and is a valuable opportunity to pick up race info from the more experienced runners.

Finish Time Equivalent

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