Race #294 – Kings Mountain Half Marathon – Clover, SC – 05/02/15

2015-KM-HM-medalThis race has a well-deserved reputation as being one of the toughest marathon/half marathon races around, but it’s close to home and in a great setting. I ran the half marathon, of course, just as I always do, since 13 miles is about all my legs can handle.  This was my 75th half marathon since I began running almost seven years ago and the 5th for me this year.

Race Number:  294

Race Name:  Kings Mountain Marathon/Half Marathon

Location: Kings Mountain Battlefield State Park between Clover, SC and Kings Mountain, NC)

Date:  May 2, 2015

Race Rating: 100




  • Male:  Todd Reynolds (Benbrook, Texas) – 3:13:43
  • Female:  Rebecca Murdock (Fayetteville, Arkansas) – 3:29:04


Half Marathon:

  • Male:  Nathan Beamguard (Hamptonville, NC) – 1:33:18
  • Female:  Mila Harris (Southern Pines, NC) – 1:37:18


Course (Half Marathon):  Lots of hills! The course runs along the roads from the Kings Mountain Battlefield State Park (SC) up to the adjacent Kings Mountain Battlefield National Park. It turns off onto a dirt road that you run for 2 miles before turning around at the halfway point in the race and return on the same course to the start (out-and-back).


Many of us wore “Running for Danny” stickers to honor our friend Danny McBee, who died suddenly two weeks ago.

Weather at Start:  58 degrees and sunny

  • Nice back-to-nature course through state and national park.
  • Post race hamburger/hotdog cookout provided by Boy Scouts after race.
  • Nice medal.



  • Extremely hilly, but we know that going in. You don’t run this one to get a new PR.


Click Here for Race Results

Click Here for Race Photos from Noel Thomas Manning on Facebook

Click Here for Race Photos from Brother Monte on Flickr

Click Here for Race Website


All photos for this blog entry were provided by Noel Thomas Manning, who did a great job getting pics of many runners. See the link above for his Facebook album for this race.


My Stats:



3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
4 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
7 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
3 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

2 – Posted promptly online: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website: (0)no (1)yes

2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
0 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no (2)yes (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

7 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
5 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes

2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Design: (0)not good (1)not bad (2)nice (5)beautiful!
0 – Material: (0)cotton (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

0 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
x – Prices: (1)expensive (3)reasonable (5)cheap
7 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (1-10)yes

2 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

0 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
2 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
0 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10) (*Option for tank top instead of T-shirt)

TOTAL:  100


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