Saturday, April 25, 2020 • Clover, SC • Course Map
South Carolina’s Kings Mountain Marathon & Half Marathon got its start in 2010, after severe weather prompted the cancellation of February’s Myrtle Beach Marathon that year. Stirred by the desire of a number entrants looking to complete their quest to run 50 marathons in all 50 states, the race organizers pulled this race together.
The race continues for its 11th annual running this year thanks to the reception from runners in the inaugural race, who praised its peaceful natural beauty along a route that winds through both Kings Mountain State Park and Kings Mountain Military National Park, which lies adjacent to the state park and stands today as a monument to one of the most significant turning points for American victory in the Revolutionary War.
Runners in the half marathon begin the race at 8:00 AM sharp in the parking lot next to Lake Crawford inside the park, just off Lake Crawford Road. From there, half marathoners continue north along Lake Crawford and Park Road for the first mile before turning around and heading south, this time turning right at the fork to Park Road.
After turning left onto Apple Road, runners begin the longer out-and-back segment that makes up the bulk of the course, including for about a mile after leaving the southern part of the park. Runners turn around before reaching State Highway 55 and then retrace the long out-and-back route to the finish line, back near Lake Crawford.
Along the route, runners can expect plenty of rolling hills as well as variety in the terrain — some surfaces are paved, some are gravel, while others are dirt.
There’s also plenty to remind you of the importance of the history that took place here more than two centuries ago, with markers and monuments to the American victory in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780, which Thomas Jefferson called “the turn of the tide of success,” as it was the first major victory for American troops over the British since the invasion of Charleston, S.C., in May of that year.
The state park, which runners trek through in the early and later stretches of the race, also offers plenty for visitors to enjoy, as it has miles of hiking and walking trails, horseback riding, campgrounds and two fishing lakes, as well as a replica of a 19th-century-era Piedmont farmhouse that was typical of those in South Carolina during that time.
Race Weather & Climate
Located among the Piedmont region hills of upstate South Carolina, roughly 60 miles northeast of Greenville, the town of Clover typically sees mild to warm weather in April, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 18 degrees (in 1983) and as high as 92 degrees (in 1980).
On race day (April 25), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 74ºF.
- 2019 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Kings Mountain Half Marathon Results
- $35 – $55 for the half marathon
- $65 – $85 for the full marathon
- $25 – $40 for the 10K
- $18 – $30 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Blacksburg’s Kings Mountain Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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