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.

Overall and Age Group results for the 2021 race have been posted! Previous years results are available on the Results page. Congratulations runners – we hope to see you next year!

2021 Grandfather Mountain Marathon Pictures

The link below will take you to photos taken by Andrew Nicholson, a photographer, who likes to take photos of runners.  He tried to get all the runners he could who were in our Grandfather Mtn Marathon this year.  There may be a couple of each runner.  


The photos are free to download; but if you are interested in furthering the support for our charities this year,  you can send a check for whatever amount you wish to the following address below.  Make the check out to:  Grandfather Marathon


Conferences and Camps Services
University Hall c/o Marissa Winkler
ASU Box 32042Boone, NC. 28608

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.

General Information | The Course | Aid Stations | T-Shirts & Medals | Accommodations | Shuttle | Schedule-at-a-glance



Registration for the race has closed. Please note there is no race-day registration.

Spectators – we have a list of locations where you can see your runner along the course and information about attending the Highland Games at the finish line.

Registration | Spectators