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).
The Grandfather Mountain Marathon was the 214th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 210th largest in 2015.
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
PM's review of 2012 Grandfather Mountain Marathon.
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.
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.
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
If you ran the New York City Marathon in 3:17:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?