A great run through lovely countryside (about: 2010)|
David Williams from Houston, TX (10/8/10)
50+ previous marathons
| 1 Kings Mountain Marathon
The race directors created this race on the spur of the moment when some friends needed a South Carolina race to replace Myrtle Beach (snowed out!) on their quests for the 50 states. We had 2 runners finish the 50 states at this race and several others later this year. We had low expectations for the race since it was a last-minute creation and the race directors were in college. We were amazed how wrong we were. It was a great race!
When we drove the course the day before, we were afraid we would get lost on the multiple turns on rural roads. We met race morning in a state park near the King's Mountain National Battlefield, just across the state line from Gastonia and King's Mountain, North Carolina. We got our race numbers, posed for a starting line photo, and then took off on an adventure.
The course ran through beautiful countryside with fields, streams, woods, a few houses, and then through the National Battlefield. Very pretty and frequently changing scenery. My only complaint is there were a lot of hills, but I'm a flat-lander. Our fears about getting lost were unfounded because the course was very well marked. There were frequent water stops with lively college kids and even porta-potties occasionally. One of the race directors drove by to check on each of the runners several times. Where else do you get that personal attention?
We finished back at the start, with food and refreshments waiting. There were no medals (none expected) but we did get mugs with the race name, an unexpected bonus. They took our shirt sizes and later got shirts made and mailed them to us!
This race was more than we expected and I recommend it highly. I gave the "spectators" a 5, even though there weren't really any, but there was a cute dog that ran along with us for part of the race.