It was a little army and a little battle, but it was of mighty portent.
In 1780, atop Kings Mountain the Patriot Militia toppled the Royal Loyalists in the Revolutionary War. When the smoke cleared on the mountains steep western ridge, the Patriot Militia stood victorious.
This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position. President Herbert Hoover, October 7, 1930, atop Kings Mountain.
President Teddy Roosevelt once called this small but strategic victory the turning point of the American Revolution.
And to this day, the battles spirit lives on in the inhabitants of York County, South Carolina. Folks here carry a certain dignity because of their homes unique place in history. And why shouldn't they?
Its beautiful and rugged land they live on.
Which is why it wont surprise you to hear that exactly 230 years after the famous triumph, a small band of runners came directly to Kings Mountain for their own battle.
A freak snowstorm and a last minute race cancellation had left them with little choice.
You see, just like the Patriot militia, they had something to prove. And if they could just get a race organizer to meet a few simple demands, they were going to fight for it.
So they got in touch with Jefferson Nicholson, Co-Founder of Adventure Geek Productions, and inside an hour, the battle was on!
Only this time the enemy wasn't a red coated army. It was the terrain itself. Specifically, 26.2 miles of it.
They called the challenge Kings Mountain Marathon.