Grandfather Mountain, sitting at 5,945 feet tall is the most iconic mountain in all the Southern Appalachians. It is rich in scenery and bio-diversity and home to some of the most gnarliest trails you can find on the east coast. So what better place to hold a pure mountain race?!?!
The Grand-Further Mountain Run is the premiere mountain race in North Carolina. The 25 kilometer course will climb Grandfather Mountain a total of two times from both sides of the mountain. The terrain is unforgiving, extremely technical, but most of all, astounding! Fixed ropes and ladders are even placed in certain sections of the trails to assist in climbing the tallest mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range. This race is not for the faint of heart of the weak of knees. It demands your best and your utmost respect.
Prior trail running experience required to participate.
From the start you will run approximately a half mile of pavement to thin out runners before hitting the singletrack of Grandfather Mountain's Trail system. The first mile or so will be mellow, but after that the climbing and extremely technical terrain begins. Ladders and fixed ropes are placed on near vertical slopes to help aid in climbing the mountain near the summit. Expect roots, rocks, and boulders almost every step of the race.
Distance: 14.5 Miles
Elevation Gain: ~ 4,200 feet
Time Limit: 6 hours
Miles of Single Track Trail: ~ 14.5 miles
Miles of Pavement: ~ 0.5 miles
Stay on marked trails, DO NOT CUT SWITCHBACKS!
Must carry mandatory gear at all times.
Use proper trail etiquette when passing other runners
No alcohol allowed within park boundaries
Be courteous to other trails users
Obey any race official's request
Need To Know
-Weather conditions can change drastically on the mountain. If race needs to be canceled due to extreme weather, the race will be rescheduled to the next day August 23rd, 2020. No refunds will be given if you cannot attend the rescheduled date.
-You are required to carry mandatory gear. This includes a rain shell, at least a 20oz water carrying device, and an emergency blanket.
-No parking at the Profile Trail Head, you'll be parking at designated sites close by.
-The finish area is a half-mile walk from the start and your car. Please walk the trail back and not the road.
Aid 1: 3.1 miles - 9:15 am cutoff
Aid 2: 7.5 miles - 11:00 am cutoff
Aid 3: 11.9 miles - no cutoff
Aid stations will have at a minimum: Water and Gatorade. Foods include: bananas, potato chips, pretzels, and M&Ms.
Top three M & F overalls receive hand-made awards.
All finishers receive custom compression calf sleeves from Fitsok and race t-shirt.
So how does the waitlist work? Pretty simple, the waitlist is a first come first serve waitlist, so whatever order you signed up for the waitlist compared to others is your number when we start selecting. So if you were the 30th person to sign up for the waitlist, your number in line is 30. Typically, the first 10-15 folks in line will make it into the race by race day, so if you are in that camp, be prepared to race, if higher on the waitlist, your chances are slim, but not impossible. We've taken over 25 folks off the waitlist one year and many waitlisters will also cancel their waitlist registration, so you can find yourself rising up pretty quickly especially in the last couple of weeks before race day. You can see where you are on the waitlist by clicking on the waitlist button on the registration page. Typically you will not see an invite to register until the final few weeks before the event, so be patient. If you receive an invite you have 5 days to respond before the invitation is revoked and given to the next person in line. If you later decide not to run the race at all, please remove your name from the waitlist. FYI, another runner in the event cannot transfer their registration to you if they decide to drop before race day, it will be given to the next person in line.
Refunds will be granted minus $20 up to 60 days before the event. After this time, no refunds will be granted. We do not allow transfers or deferments in any case at any time.
Local time: 11:45 AM