A Historic Challenge for 400 Brave Adventurers
It was a little army and a little battle, but it was of mighty portent.
In 1780, atop Kings Mountain the Patriot Militia toppled the Royal Loyalists in the Revolutionary War. When the smoke cleared on the mountain’s steep western ridge, the Patriot Militia stood victorious.
“This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position.”
– President Herbert Hoover, October 7, 1930, atop Kings Mountain.
President Teddy Roosevelt once called this small but strategic victory the “turning point of the American Revolution.”
And to this day, the battle’s spirit lives on in the inhabitants of York County, South Carolina. Folks here carry a certain dignity because of their home’s unique place in history. And why shouldn't they?
It’s beautiful and rugged land they live on.
Which is why it won’t surprise you to hear that exactly 230 years after the famous triumph, a small band of runners came directly to Kings Mountain for their own “battle.”
A freak snowstorm and a last minute race cancellation had left them with little choice.
You see, just like the Patriot militia, they had something to prove. And if they could just get a race organizer to meet a few simple demands, they were going to fight for it.
So they got in touch with Jefferson Nicholson, Co-Founder of Adventure Geek Productions, and inside an hour, the battle was on!
Only this time the enemy wasn't a red coated army. It was the terrain itself. Specifically, 26.2 miles of it.
They called the challenge Kings Mountain Marathon.
Date: Saturday March 8, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM Race Start
Venue: Kings Mountain State Park, SC
Lake Crawford Rd
Clover, SC 29710
This is a rolling course (think the difference between a golf course and the little engine that could).
This race fulfills all of the marathonmaniacs.com requirements to count towards a marathon completion in all 50 states. A half marathon and full marathon course have been designed and tested by local runners to provide the best scenery, safety, and support for your race experience.
All half and full marathon participants will receive event t-shirts and all finishers will receive a custom finishers medal and other goodies!
Half-Marathon - $40
Marathon - $80
Race Day Registration Fees
Half-Marathon - $50
Marathon - $90
Race day registration will be available from 6:00-7:45am.
*Participants who register on race day may not receive a t-shirt due to limited supply
Packet Pickup will be available on March 7th, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm and again on race day from 6AM to 7:30AM.
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From I-85: Take exit 8, turn left onto Hwy 161, go across NC/SC state line and park entrance will be on the right.
From I-77: Take exit for Hwy 5 toward Rock Hill. Follow Hwy 5 through Rock Hill to York. In York, turn N onto Hwy 321, then bear left onto Hwy 161, entrance will be on the left.
Charleston, SC: 200
Columbia, SC: 91
Florence, SC: 131
Greenville, SC: 70
Charlotte, NC: 30
Raleigh, NC: 174
Atlanta, GA: 206
Augusta, GA: 146
Top three overall male and female
Top 3 Male & Female
Top 3 Masters (40+) Male & Female
Age Group Top 3 Male & Female:
14 & under
Every finisher will receive a handcrafted, (parts made in USA assembled in good ole South Carolina) custom hot iron branded, finishers medal. Like your race runs a similar course as those who race beside you, everyone takes home a different story so why shouldn't your finisher medal be an extension of that story?
You have up to 60 days after receipt purchase to receive a 85% refund. 60 days after your purchase we will honor a 25% refund of your entry fee and will process that refund via snail mail and check. No refunds will be issued for any reason after February 8th, 2014. Event entries are transferable between persons, events during the same year. By registering for this event you agree to these refund terms.
The race will take place rain or shine. Race directors may edit the course for safety and/or for highway regulations or may cancel this in the event of severe weather. No Refunds will be given if you or the race directors are forced to cancel plans for this event.