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South Mountains Trail Half Marathon – February 28, 2015 – South Mountains State Park – Connelly Springs NC

South Mountains Half Marathon

This is billed as “Carolina’s toughest half marathon.”


The course starts out on pavement (for spacing). Once on the trail you will begin your ascent on what feels like a never ending road to the sky. And just when you think you have reached the top, this mountain says “Oh No… there is a little bit more”. The high point on the trail comes at about mile 7. There are many ups and downs of rolling terrain, one serious water crossing, and four intense downhill miles that will send you screaming back to the finish. Oh, wait,… and one surprise uphill just when you think everything is over. Great long distance views, extra wide track, and few obstacles make for a great Race. Just make sure you are in really good shape and plan on doing a lot of elevation here at South Mountain. The park’s other areas include elevations up to 3,000 feet, a waterfall dropping 80 feet and more than 40 miles of trails. From equestrian camping to trout fishing, mountain biking to picnicking, a number of activities are available at South Mountains State Park. Visit one of the state’s most rugged parks. Hike the trail to High Shoals Falls to witness the roar of the waterfall as it pours into a large pool. Backpack through the woodlands for primitive camping. Fish for trout in miles of mountain streams, or bicycle along the 17-mile mountain-bike loop. Don’t forget To Register early. The race is limited to the first 120 entrants. (Aid stations water/Gatorade at miles 3, 6, & 9 approx.) NO WALKERS Please.

The “serious” water crossing is a moving water creek that is about 30 feet wide. It is normally around ankle deep but may be deeper depending on rain during race week. You will get wet.


Bib pickup 7 AM. Race starts at 8 AM. No race day registration.

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