GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN TO CLOSE EARLY JULY 7

With the 61st annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games taking place July 7 to 10, Grandfather Mountain will close early on Thursday, July 7, to accommodate one of the Games’ landmark events — The Bear 5-Mile Uphill Climb. The arduous 5-mile foot race begins at the base of Grandfather Mountain in Linville, featuring some 800 runners taking off full tilt up to the Mile High Swinging Bridge. The runners will pass through MacRae Meadows, where the Highland Games are held, and circle the track on their way to the top. The winners will be brought back down to the East Meadow...
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GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN HIGHLAND GAMES RETURN JULY 7-10

Blaring bagpipes, astounding athletes and tons of tartans converge in Western North Carolina July 7-10 for the 61st annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games. As the Games continue in their sixth decade, they hearken back to the rich cultural traditions of Scotland in a setting not so different from the mountains and glens 3,600 miles away. The event begins Thursday afternoon, July 7, with border collie sheepherding demonstrations, Celtic entertainment, the running of “The Bear” and the opening ceremonies. “The Bear” pits roughly 700 runners against the steep switchbacks of Grandfather Mountain in a five-mile run that climbs 1,568 feet...
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