The Event Time-line
6:30am - 7:45am Registration/Check-in
7:50am Course overview and safety announcements
8:00am- Race Start
10:45am Half Marathon Awards Presentation
1:00pm Marathon Awards Presentation
Pre-Race Course, Safety and Venue Announcements will be made at 6:45, 7:15 and 7:45. You do not need to attend all three sessions but you need to attend at least one.
Your number one job as an event participant is to know thy course! The courses plotted out on MapMyRun.com provide awesome resources like a 3D Fly Over, turn by turn directions, and course elevation information.
Your study materials can be found at: http://www.runkingsmountain.com/course.html
All turns on the course will be marked with signs and colored duck tap arrows on the ground (unless it’s on the gravel road then look for just signs).
The Half Marathon and Full Marathon Course will be marked with [BRIGHT PINK] tape arrows and signs.
THESE COURSES ARE NOT CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.
Though these courses are not closed to traffic the most vehicle traffic you will see will be from folks involved with the event and from regular park visitors on the main state park road. The course runs OPPOSITE (on the left) the flow of traffic.
We cannot stress it enough that you have to stay to the left, on the shoulder and never run in the the road. Do not be runner that ruins the event for everyone when you force the ranger service to shut the event down.
The courses will have a water/Gatorade/first-aid stop approximately every 2 miles. Some of the aid stations may not have volunteers working them. It depends on which groups actually show up on race day.
Some aid stations will have PowerGel and PowerBars, and a roll of Toilet Paper (in case you need to hit the woods [yes, it happens!]). If you rely on course supplies at specific points than we suggest you consult your Coach, Physician, Nutritionist, and carry your own supplies.
There will be 2 porta-potties on the course. The first one will be located at the half way point for both races - 6.5 for the half and 12 for the full. The second porta-potty will be at mile 19 for the full marathon.
Pre-Race and Race Day Packet Pick up
A Pre-Race packet pickup will be available on Friday 4/28 at YMCA Camp Cherokee from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. We'll be exactly where the starting line will be. You may pick up your packet for someone else and vice versa. Pre-Race packet pickup is not mandatory but is strongly suggested.
Race Day Packet Pick Up and Race Day Registration will be available at the start/finish area on Saturday morning from 6:30 am -7:45 am.
Race Bib numbers must clearly visible on your upper body. Even though the race will be chip timed this year it helps our timers out by following bib placement guidelines. If you don’t follow these directions you risk the chance of not having an accurate time recorded or a time penalty.
There is no I in team, but there is a U in Volunteer, and we need you!
If you're part of a group or organization looking for a fundraising opportunity and some additional community exposure then come lend a hand during this year’s Kings Mountain Marathon & Half Marathon and we'll let everyone know who you're with and what you’re up to within the community.
Half-Marathon - $45
Marathon - $80
Our final t-shirt order will go in Monday 4/15.
Race Day Registration Fees
Previous Race Results
Official 2011 event photos can be found HERE!
Top three overall male and female for each race
Top 3 Male & Female
Top 3 Masters Male & Female
Age Group Top 3 Male & Female:
14 & under
15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85+
Every finisher will receive a unique finisher medal!
From I-85 Southbound (coming from Charlotte): Take exit 8, turn left onto Hwy 161, go across NC/SC state line and park entrance will be on the right.
From I-85 Northbound (coming from Spartanburg): Take NC exit 2, onto Hwy 216/Park Road. Turn right and travel approximately five miles through the National Park and the park office 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.
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Event Registration Cancellation Insurance (Refund Policy)
In lieu of a refund policy we're offering Registration Protector for the 5k, and Registration Protector with Required to Work for the 10k, 13.1, and 26.2. These plans offers you peace of mind when you register for an event by insuring you against unforeseen circumstances. If a covered injury, illness, injury or other covered reasons prevent you from attending your event, Allianz Global Assistance can pay you 100% of the non-refundable registration cost, including fees and additional costs.
Q: Is there a cut of time for the Kings Mountain Marathon or Half Marathon?
A: There is no cut off time but if you're anticipating a marathon time longer than 6 hours, please let us know.
Q: What is the participant cap/max?
A: Only 400! Our focus is on you the runner and we want everyone to feel like we hosted this event just for them. We may expand the cap as the community becomes more and more involved.
Q: Is this course USATF Certified/ Boston Qualifier?
A: Not Yet.
Q: Can I wear run with my dog, wear headphones, run against traffic, run backwards in the middle of the road?
Q: Is there a prize purse for elite runners?