Lake Crawford Rd, King Mountain State Park
There’s also plenty to remind you of the importance of the history that took place here more than two centuries ago, with markers and monuments to the American victory in the Battle of Kings Mountain in October 1780, which Thomas Jefferson called “the turn of the tide of success,” as it was the first major victory for American troops over the British since the invasion of Charleston, S.C., in May of that year.
The state park, which runners trek through, also offers plenty for visitors to enjoy, as it has miles of hiking and walking trails, horseback riding, campgrounds and two fishing lakes, as well as a replica of a 19th-century-era Piedmont farmhouse that was typical of those in South Carolina during that time.
Runners in both the half and the full marathons share the same starting line and time, in the parking lot next to Lake Crawford inside the park, just off Park Road. From there, those running the full, 26.2-mile marathon head out into the park for a loop route that takes them through both parks along State Route 705 (Park Road), Rock House Road, Lookout Tower Road and Apple Road.
Along the route, runners can expect plenty of rolling hills as well as variety in the terrain — some surfaces are paved, some are gravel, while others are dirt.
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