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South Mountains Marathon (aka Shinny Shiver Marathon)

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25.8 mile 41.6 kilometer loop
85% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 5,100' 1,555 m
Descent: -5,097' -1,554 m
High: 2,629' 801 m
Low: 1,232' 376 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 67% (34°)

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Trail shared by Brandon Thrower

An awesome, mixed-surface trail marathon with multiple vistas, waterfalls, and great climbs and descents.

Brandon Thrower

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

If you like a good mix of terrain and multiple views and waterfalls, this race is for you.

Description

This course has it all, from wide and smooth doubletrack trails, to tight and technical singletrack trails and grades from easy and gentle to holy crap this is steep! Views abound along the route and High Shoals Falls is one the most picturesque waterfalls in NC! This course is tough, but rewarding. Please be prepared! Due to length and the climb of the course, experience on long mountain runs with elevation gain is suggested before signing up.

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Apr 28, 2018
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  4.8 from 5 votes

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Looking towards the top of High Shoals Falls
Jul 30, 2018 near Salem, NC
Panoramic View on the Upper Falls Trail.
Apr 30, 2019 near Salem, NC
Overlook!!l
Oct 29, 2019 near Salem, NC
Bridge Jacob branch trail
Oct 29, 2019 near Salem, NC
When the trail goes through the water... so do you! This was a gorgeous cut through a shallow creek.
Apr 30, 2019 near Salem, NC
Fox trail south mountains state park.
Oct 29, 2019 near Salem, NC

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