The Gettysburg North-South Marathon is run against the setting of a landmark battle of the Civil War, the battle of Gettysburg. The soldiers of the North and South fought on the roads and fields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the summer of 1863 in the Civil War's most famous battle, a historic event that symbolized the breach between North and South, marking the turning point of the war and the return to a single United States of America.
The Gettysburg North-South Marathon honors the battle of Gettysburg with a unique marathon competition that pits runners representing the North and the South against each other in a scored competition. The race takes runners from both sides through the hallowed grounds of the battlefield. Anyone who is 14-17 will need to have an adult or guardian sign the registration form on their behalf. All individual registrants will elect whether to run for the North or South and there will be a scored competition between the two sides.