Welcome to the website of the Grandfather Mountain Marathon! The marathon has been held each year (since 1969) during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, one of the largest Scottish Games in America.

2020 Grandfather Mountain Marathon Canceled

The 2020 Grandfather Mountain Highland Games has been cancelled for 2020. Since The Grandfather Mountain Marathon is part of the Games that includes us. We will be fully refunding all paid entries for the race. This will happen within the next few days beginning April 28th. We will begin planning for the 2021 Grandfather Mountain Marathon in August. We will send out information to the current list of entries and post on this website once those plans are complete. Please be safe!

Home page header photo courtesy of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

The Race

This marathon begins in Boone, NC on the the track at Appalachian State University’s Kidd Brewer Stadium. The marathon then winds through the breathtaking NC Blue Ridge Mountains, over the Blue Ridge Parkway, and up long steep climbs to McRae Meadows where you will be greeted by the sound of bagpipes and an estimated 5,000 spectators.

This unique marathon will provide challenges that are overcome by the rewards.

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