NOTE: THE MARATHON WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY JAN 13TH AND THE HALF MARATHON ON SUNDAY JAN 14TH THIS YEAR. BE SURE TO MAKE TRAVEL PLANS ACCORDINGLY!
Brought to you by Tanawha Adventures, the South Mountains Marathons are a pair of trail races named The Shinny Shiver Marathon and the High Shoals Half-marathon, 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 you 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! It will be challenging, but these are highly runnable trails!
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.
Shinny Shiver Marathon Specifics
Distance: 26.5 Miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 6,000 feet
Time Limit: 8 hours
Miles of Doule Track Trail: ~ 14.5 miles
Miles of Single Track Trail: ~ 11 miles
Miles of Pavement: ~ 1 mile
Number of Stairs: ~ 600!!!!
Number of Creek Crossings: 5 joyous splashes!!!
Number of Aid Stations: 4 (3 full, one water only)
High Shoals Half Specifics
Distance: 13.3 Miles
Local time: 6:16 AM
Elevation Gain: ~ 2,900 feet
Time Limit: 4 hours
Miles of Doule Track Trail: ~ 7.6 miles
Miles of Single Track Trail: ~ 5.2 miles
Miles of Pavement: ~ 0.5 miles
Number of Stairs: ~ 600!!!
Number of Creek Crossings: 3 joyous splashes!!!
Number of Aid Stations: 2 (one full, one water only)