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 236th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 170th largest in 2016.
Last year no finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 0.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.
This gives the Black Mountain Marathon the 435th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 471st highest percentage in 2016.
Its Course Score of 90.66 ranks it as the 443rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 14th 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 90.66. This PR Score ranks it as the 442nd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 14th fastest in North Carolina.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.