BLACK BEAR HALF MARATHON & 8K
Presented by Hunter Subaru
An iconic fall race in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains
October 13, 2024
Permit pending government approvals | Race date & course subject to change
why you'll love this race:
- Commemorative finisher medal
- Hunter Subaru goody bag
- Half Marathon Participants: Long sleeve, dri-fit race shirt - FREE until Sunday, September 15th
- 8K Participants: Short sleeve, Bella Canvas shirt - FREE until Sunday, September 15th
- Professional chip-timing on a USATF-certified course
- Very well-marked course on a beautiful greenway!
- Prizes for overall and age group winners
- Awesome post-race vendors & activities
- Present your race bib for a free beer at Oklawaha Brewing (just a few blocks from the finish line)
What our runners are saying...
"The route was well marked, people were super nice even after the race. The medals and shirts were incredible, loved them!"
The Black Bear Half Marathon and 8K presented by Hunter Subaru takes participants on a scenic journey through the heart of Hendersonville, NC. They will experience a mix of scenic vistas, forested trails, and rolling hills, making it a truly immersive and rewarding running experience. Both courses start and end in Jackson Park and follow paved roads and forested greenways. There will be 2 water stations providing Gatorade, water, energy gels and Jambars. With less than 400 feet of elevation gain, each course is relatively flat.
Both courses are USATF sanctioned and certified
Sanction Number: #142774
Half Marathon USATF Certification Number – NC22016DF
8k USATF Certification Number – NC22015DF
Post Race Festivities
After you finish, you'll love our post race festivities. This includes live music, recovery services, and vendors offering the best local food and merchandise.
Returning this year! The Black Bear Fall Market. Whether you’re a local, a seasoned runner, or just there for the delicious food and a unique shopping experience, this event has something for everyone.
The event is open to everyone and will be jam-packed with vendors, food, entertainment, games, and a host of other exciting activities. Admission is free, so there’s no reason to miss out!
If you’re interested in being a vendor at this event, simply email email@example.com. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for the community at the Black Bear Fall Market!
Our Presenting Partner
This event would not be possible without the generous support of Hunter Subaru. Since 1940, the Hunter Automotive Group has been a locally owned and operated business in Western North Carolina. It is their mission to improve the quality of life for their employees, customers, and the surrounding community. We are grateful for their participation and admire the uplifting attitude they bring to our event.
Our Community Partner
All signature iDaph events partner with local organizations to help advance their mission. Supporting these causes strengthens our community bonds by addressing the unique challenges and needs within our area. It ensures that resources are allocated where they can have the most direct and tangible impact, fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment among residents.
This race will support Conserving Carolina. Their Mission is to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of the natural world. They serve part of Western North Carolina and a portion of Upstate South Carolina, and they have protected over 48,000 acres in this region.
WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
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An Authentic Mountain Destination
If you're not from here, you're going to love visiting here. Experience the thrill of running or cycling amidst the breathtaking beauty of Western North Carolina, where the rugged mountains and pristine landscapes set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. We invite you to make our event your ultimate destination race. Our Visitor’s Guide features lodging options, airport info, and the inside scoop on what to see and do while you’re here.