Run. Inspire. Conserve.


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 or the weak of knees.  It demands your best and your utmost respect.

Prior trail running experience required to participate.

Date & Time

August 21st, 2021

Start: 8:00 AM

Location:  Profile Trail Head

Grandfather Mountain State Park

Registration & Entry Fees

Registration opens May 22nd at 8am.

Price: $85

Refunds granted minus $20 up to 60 days before event.

No Transfers/Deferments at any time.


Top three M & F overalls receive hand-made awards and Vertical Runners Black Mountain Gift Certificates.

All finishers receive custom finisher socks from Fitsok and race t-shirt.

Course Information

The Numbers

Distance: ~15 Miles

Elevation Gain: ~ 4,200 feet

Time Limit: 6 hours

Miles of Single Track Trail: ~ 14.5 miles

Miles of Pavement: ~ 0.5 miles

Course Discription

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.

Aid Stations 

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.


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Extra Information

Packet Pick Up

Early Packet pick up will be held from 5:00-8:00pm, at a TBD location in Boone. 


Race Day packet pick up will be held at the Start/Finish from 6:30 - 7:50am. We'd prefer to have you pick up early.


All runners must check in before race.

Need to Know

  • Weather conditions can change drastically on the mountain. If race needs to be cancelled due to extreme weather, the race will be reschedule 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.


  • 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

  • No littering

  • Obey any race official's request