Ask Western North Carolina runners about their favorite half marathons and I’m certain that the Bethel Half Marathon will be in the top-tier. A fall event, this race features some of the nicest gently rolling country you’ll experience in a race. By Western North Carolina standards the half marathon is not a very hilly race. It is similar in difficultly to a Charlotte half marathon. I know so because a few years back I ran the Bethel Half Marathon and ran two Charlotte half marathons in the same fall season and my times were very similar. The 5k is also relatively flat.
The Bethel Half Marathon and 5k features some of the nicest and most helpful volunteers you’ll find. But the event is perhaps most well-known for its legendary post-race food. You’ll find an amazing spread of home-made foods, including a wide range of delicious home-made soups. The race has been most well-known for its potato soup but in recent years there have been a variety of soup choices.
The half marathon is part of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix Series in 2015.
There is more information, including course maps at the race website.
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