LIMIT: The race is limited to the 1st 500 entries and we typically fill up by mid-June. No on-site registration, no refunds and no switching names !

WALKING: This is NOT a race for walkers and we have a time limit of 6.5 hours. The race officially ends at 1:00 pm due to the Highland Games Track and Field Events on the track. Also, we do not allow anyone to start the race earlier than race start time at 6:30 am

ENTRY PROCEDURES: There will be NO on-site registration !! There is NO race day registration. Entries are accepted only by online registration with credit cards.

ENTRY FORM: Registration for the 2017 race is now closed. Make sure to refresh your PC cache if you do not see the link.

ENTRY CONFIRMATION: Confirmation of entry will be immediate when registering online

PACKET PICKUP: Friday, July 7, 2017 3-7:00 pm at Kidd Brewer Stadium, Appalachian State University off River Street, under the bleachers of the WEST side (under the press box) and Saturday, July 7, 2017 5:00-6:15 am. You must have valid ID and can only pick up your packet !! You cannot pick up anyone else's packet without a letter and copy of driver's license. Packet pick will shut down at 6:15 am !

COURSE: The marathon begins at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC at 6:30 am at an elevation of 3,333 feet and climbs to an elevation of 4,279 feet where it ends on Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC. The course is mountainous and very scenic as it winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains. The course is run predominately on asphalt (3 miles of the course is on gravel). The race will finish at McRae Meadows during the Highland Games, the 2nd largest Highland Games in the world. So make sure you look good at least at the finish in front of those 5,000+ spectators ! NOTE: much of the course will be run on state highway where traffic cannot be stopped to accommodate the runners. No early starts allowed !

AID STATIONS: Gaterade and/or water will be provided at 3,6,8,11,13,15,17,19,21,23 and 25 miles. Fruit, carbohydrates and fluids will be provided at the finish. EMT services on the course provided by Watauga Rescue Squad and at the finish by the Highland Games.

T-SHIRTS & MEDALS: T-shirts will be given out as part of the packet pick-up. We order the size you gave us. If no size, we assume large. T-shirt exchange will be at 6:15 am race morning after packet pickup closes. Commemorative Grandfather Mountain Marathon Medals will be given to every runner who finishes before the races closes at 1 pm.

ACCOMODATIONS: There are many motels in the area. Make reservations early ! Also, you can get housing near the start line in a dorm. This ASU dorm housing is available only within the marathon on-line registration. You can contact Coach Weaver for more information.

BENEFICIARY: The GMM is non-profit. All proceeds from this race will go to various Watauga County organizations as well as the Appalachian State Track Program. Thank you for your support !

OTHER QUESTIONS: Contact Coach Weaver