The Bear
Celtic Jam
Celtic Rock Concert
Donald's Gaelic Tent
Scottish Fiddling
Gaelic Mod
The Grizzly Bike Race
Harp Competition
Heavy Athletics
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Scottish Country Dance
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Torchlight Ceremony
Track and Field
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Grandfather Mountain Marathon - MacRae Meadows
2016 Winners Mike Mitchell and Suzanne Hutchins
Photograph by James Shaffer
Every year the Grandfather Mountain Marathon's (GMM) reputation as "America's Toughest" marathon attracts runners from all over the country and many parts of the world. The GMM has earned its tough reputation. The race is 26.2 miles long, starting in Boone and ending on the track at MacRae Meadows. The course features a net elevation gain of 1,000 ft. However, runners who successfully complete the race end up climbing well over 3,000 ft. due to the rolling terrain of the course. To make it even more difficult, the last portion of the race-- a distance of 13 miles--is virtually uphill.

For registration and race specifics visit the official website of the Grandfather Mountain Marathon.