South Mountains Marathons


Jan 07, 2023 at 8:00 AM

South Mountains Marathons

3001 South Mountain Park Ave

Connelly Springs NC, 28612


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Entry Fee $75
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $100
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 13.1M
  • 26.2M
  • 50K

Type: Ultra

Participant Limit: 150

Starting Elevation: 1175

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 100%

First Year of the Event: 2012


Brought to you by Tanawha Adventures, the South Mountains Marathons are a collection of trail races which are held in the beautiful South Mountains State Park in North Carolina. Hope you are psyched for chilly weather, steep trails, gorgeous views, and super cold creek crossings! Courses include a good mix of wide double track trails and tight, technical, single track trail. Oh and stairs! Lots and lots of stairs!

Come enjoy testing your abilities on these prime running trails in this pristine mountain range. There will be times that your head will be between your knees on the climbs, times when your quads will feel like they are going to bust through your skin, and times when your feet will feel like ice cubes. With all kidding aside, the trails are very runnable, but challenging. We consider this an excellent entry level mountain trail race if you are seeking a little more climbing (well a lot more actually) than the local park trails in your neighborhood. The half marathon includes approximately 3,000 ft in elevation gain and the marathon approximately 6,000 ft in elevation gain and the 50k approximately 7500 ft of gain! It will be challenging, but these are highly runnable trails!

Our Mission
Our mission for putting on this race is three fold. First, we want to show off this jewel of a park located in Western North Carolina and how great the trails are for running. Secondly, we want to support the Foothills Conservancy in their mission to protect the South Mountains, the Blue Ridge Escarpment, and other lands in the Western Piedmont. Through the help of the Foothills Conservancy, the South Mountains are one of the most well protected mountain ranges in the country. Lastly, we want to provide the best race experience for you that we can. We’ve designed a top notch, beautiful course that is challenging but doable even for the lesser experienced trail runners, and provide excellent aid station support throughout the run, so you can keep your mind on the trail and the majestic views around you, not your water bottle.


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Past Event Dates

Held on Jan 07, 2023

Held on Jan 08, 2022

Held on Jan 09, 2021

Held on Jan 11, 2020

Held on Jan 12, 2019

Held on Jan 13, 2018

Held on Jan 12, 2017

Held on Jan 11, 2016

Held on Feb 28, 2015

Held on Feb 22, 2014

Held on Feb 23, 2013

Held on Feb 25, 2012