A local favorite for scenery, hospitality and delicious post-race soup. Oh, and, a half marathon course that is quite flat by Western North Carolina standards.
The Half Marathon and 5K Races are run through the lovely Bethel Community south of Canton, NC. The fall colors on the trees, the rolling farmlands, the Pigeon River, and the cool weather make this a particularly inviting race event. The race is held each year on the second Saturday of October. The race is sanctioned by the Asheville Track Club and race times are submitted for the ATC Grand Prix Series.
Registration and parking will be at the Bethel Middle School (630 Sonoma Road, Waynesville NC). The simultaneous start for both races is on Sonoma Road in front of the school. After-race awards ceremonies are held in the school gym. Awards must be picked up at the ceremonies, so if you can not stay, please arrange for a friend to get yours.
We have great amenities: Award ceremonies, post race refreshments, including some warm, home-made potato soup, and post race showers. With course directors at key intersections, we have safe races. We look forward to seeing you there this year.
The only hill to speak of in the half marathon occurs at about two to three mile mark. After that it’s quite flat. The 5k is pretty much all flat. Here’s a course map for the half marathon: