Black Bear Half Marathon & 8K
Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Permits have been approved by the City of Hendersonville for the 2021 races.
The 2nd Annual Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru & Morris Broadband 8k powered by Optimum is a 13.1 & 4.97 mile running event that takes place during peak leaf season and the fall scenery is stunning! These races offers a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway and through Hendersonville city streets. Experience a beautiful race this fall and join us for an unforgettable race.
Support boutique-style, running events where you can skip the crowds, and have an amazing, world-class running experience throughout the entire race!
What runners have said about the Inaugural Black Bear Half Marathon
“I absolutely loved the Black Bear Half Marathon! I received my medal in the mail and it is adorable, definitely one of my favorites! And the t-shirt is super soft, love it! Thank you so much for putting on this event!” ~ Jill Hopper Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“I found the Black Bear Half Marathon to be an inspiring experience that brought people together with a wonderful positive energy. It was refreshing and uplifting. Thanks to all who put the time and energy into organizing the event. And thanks for the black bear print! It’s a lovely and thoughtful “medal”. Appreciation for that as well. It was a fun experience to be a part of and I’m looking forward to some of your future races”. ~ Dan Johnson
“I can’t say enough good things about this race. The course was great, so great that I slowed down to enjoy it more. The volunteers were fantastic! They really helped by cheering and encouraging the runners. I can’t wait to run this race again next year! It is definitely on my annual race calendar. As long as you all are having the race, I will be there!” - Heather Hunter
“Loved the course, well done.” ~ Carole S
“SLOTHLY, SOGGY, but gloriously LIVE” - Jenni Rom
“I always love Idaph events. The half at the Biltmore is my favorite. You guys are top notch!” ~ Anna Parker.
Start Times: Rolling wave starts from 8:00 until 8:30am. Course cut-off is 1:30pm.
Course Type: Paved Road, Paths & Greenway 2 Loop Course.
Start Times: Mass start at 8:00am.
Free T-shirt deadline:
Deadline: September 19th at midnight
Not able to participate in-person? Join the fun, get the swag and submit your timeline, by running virtually anytime and from anywhere!
What is included with your race entry:
• Hunter Subaru Goody Bag
Awesome post event food and treats:
RUN 13.1 x 3
We are thrilled to launch the new 13.1 x 3 series for 2021, the Appalachian Trilogy! Sign up for the Asheville Half Marathon (March 20), Jump off Rock Half Marathon (May 8) & Black Bear Half Marathon (Oct. 9), and receive a gorgeous gold commemorative, Appalachian Trilogy medal. We will also have some super, cool swag to go along with this new challenge to keep you motivated to train all year long! Sign up HERE!
The Black Bear Half is 13.1 miles of mostly flat and paved path that runs along the beautiful Oklahawa Greenway in Hendersonville, North Carolina. With approximately 400 feet of elevation gain, road runners will LOVE this course that starts and ends at the beautiful, Jackson Park in Hendersonville, NC. The route starts at Jackson Park and runs by the Historic Train Depot, through the Revitalized Historic 7th Avenue District to the Oklawaha Greenway and back to the park. The course is an out-and-back, lollipop course with two stocked, water stations that will be utilized multiple times during the race. Runners will complete a portion of the Greenway loop twice making it very spectator friendly and exciting! CLICK HERE FOR GPS ROUTE!
The Black Bear 8k presented by Morris powered by Optimum joins our most popular fall half marathon event, the Black Bear Half Marathon. The 8k course coincides with the Half Marathon course and will take place on the same city streets, park pathways and Oklawaha Greenway route. Enjoy the fall scenery without having to run a half marathon!
Check out our Course Preview
Black Bear Half Marathon & 8K Hub Map
Half Marathon Elevation
We will provide water and refreshments along the course. Gatorade, Water, Energy Gels and CLIF Bars will be provided. Each water station will have portajons with hand sanitizer nearby. Check course map for exact locations.
Water Station #1 – 7th Avenue/Greenway (Half Marathon: utilized 3x - mile 1.5, 6.5 and 12 and 8k - 2x on the course!)
Water Station #2 - Balfour Rd/Greenway (Half Marathon: utilized 4x - mile 4, 4.3, 9, 9.3)
Rules for the Black Bear Half & 8k
• All participants are expected to display courteous, professional behavior at all times.
• No rollerblades allowed.
• Please be courteous to other foot traffic on the course.
• No alcohol is allowed at the park.
• Due to the nature of the out-back sections on the Greenway and vehicular traffic, strollers are not permitted the event.
• Bear friendly race, means no dogs allowed during the run. Dogs are permitted at the park with your spectator friends and family.
FLEET FEET TRAINING PROGRAM
WANT TO TAKE YOUR HALF TO THE NEXT LEVEL OR HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF GETTING A RUNNING COACH?
FLEET FEET HAS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY!
Join their 12 week training program! We’ll have warm-ups all together, then all runners will be with a coach or mentor for the duration of the workout. All paces welcome! We will meet twice a week: Thursday Evenings for speed/strength (hill workouts, track workouts, etc) and Saturday Morning long runs with aid provided!
AND YOU GET SWAG + IN STORE DISCOUNTS!
SUPER AWESOME SWAG
Half Marathon runners receive a free long sleeve t-shirt if you register by September 19th at midnight! After this date, there will be limited sizes available for purchase online when you register.
Support LOCAL events and our community by purchasing one of these super-sweet, soft and stylish RUN LOCAL, RUN WILD, RUN FREE shirts! Snag yours online during registration.
Run a half marathon or 8k on your own time! Virtual participants will have access to the course information for the event so they can have a ‘self-serve’ event experience on the same courses as the in-person runners. Or, they can come up with their own course anywhere! Virtual participants get to challenge themselves by participating and having a goal to work towards.
Virtual Event Highlights:
• All Virtual half marathonparticipants will receive a free long-sleeve shirt and super-cool finisher medal which will be mailed to you. All 8k participants will receive a free short sleeve shirt.
• Participants in the virtual event can make multiple attempts to improve your half marathon time! Results must be submitted via Race Roster online and are due online by midnight on race day 10/10/2021.
• Top overall male and female winners of the virtual events will receive a prize!
FINISH LINE ACTIVITIES
ASHEVILLE PERSONAL TRAINING RECOVERY ZONE
Cross the finish line and start recovering! APT is hosting a recovery zone with a variety of tools and equipment to help you start recovering as soon as you finish the race. So kick back, stretch, roll out and compress those tight legs and get back to running in record time.
Packet pickup will take place on Friday, October 8th from 12:00 - 2:00pm at Hunter Subaru (220 Hunter Airport Dr, Fletcher, NC 28732). We HIGHLY suggest that you come to this session if you can.
There will also be a packet pickup session on the morning of the race from 7:00 - 8:30 AM. PLEASE NOTE: 8k participants must all begin the race at 8:00 AM. The packet pickup session will take place at Jackson Park Shelter #1 (near the start line).
Want to skip the Packet Pickup? Easy-peasy, you can have your packet mailed to you for a small fee if you register by September 19th at midnight!
One of these hand-drawn, colored pencil prints from local artist Amy C. could be yours!! The Black Bear print was made just for you! Overall and age group winners of both races will get these beary amazing, limited edition prints in different sizes. Now that’s a prize worth giving it all for on race day! 👊
, IN-PERSON EVENT AWARDS
Half Marathon & 8K
Overall Winners are in for one the most popular and unique awards around. Winners will get a commemorative, Black Bear Print from local artist Amy Cocanour, and a gift certificate to go shopping at Fleet Feet Asheville!
Top three Overall (male and female)
Top Masters Overall (male and female)
Age group awards (Top 3 overall male and female for each category)
A BEARY special Black Bear Print by local artist Amy C.
12 and under, 13 - 19, 20 - 29, 30 - 39, 40 - 49, 50 - 59, 60 - 69, 70-79, 80+
Morris Broadband 8K powered by Omnium Speed CASH PRIZES!
Two opportunities to win cash on race day in the 8k!
#1 Bring the speed on race day in the 8k race! Overall male or female winners will take home $100 each!
#2 Race your own Speed - We will pick five finishers in the 8k at random to win $50 each at the awards ceremony.
Must be present at the awards ceremony to receive the cash prizes!
Prizes and Awards can be picked up at the on-site Awards Ceremony or the week after the event at Fleet Feet Asheville or have yours shipped for $10.
POST RACE ACTIVITIES/celebrations
• We are pleased to have Emcee Bryan Byrd ‘B2 (B Squared)’ at the Black Bear Half and 8k!
• Relax and celebrate at the Oklawaha Brewing Company (put address) on race weekend (Fri, Sat, or Sunday). Get a FREE ‘Flagship’ Beer - light/hoppy/dark options ! Bring your ‘beer ticket’ on your race number to redeem. Must be 21 and over. TIp not included, please be generous with your tip to our amazing service workers and bartenders!
RUNNING FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Donations from this race will benefit the Jackson Park/Henderson County Parks and Recreation greenway flood fund, and Friends of Oklahawa Greenway. Friends of Oklahawa Greenway will be manning the water stations along the course so please be sure to thank them for their support!
ABOUT THE OKLAWAHA GREENWAY
Hendersonville’s 3.5 mile Oklawaha Greenway winds through wetlands, meadows and forests to connect four parks. It takes its name from a Cherokee word meaning “slowly moving muddy waters” because much of the Greenway runs along Mud Creek, a key part of the Henderson County watershed. The Audubon Society recently named the Greenway as a birding “hot spot” because of the wide variety of birds it attracts. Wildflowers, native trees and small mammals abound. The fully paved Greenway is a five-minute drive from downtown Hendersonville and easily accessible from five convenient parking areas.
THINGS TO DO IN HENDERSONVILLE
Hendersonville Farmers Market
The Hendersonville Farmers Market will be happening the day of the Black Bear Half Marathon! This is a world-class market that contributes to the success of local producers and growers, expands access to farm-fresh foods, and creates a vibrant community gathering space. With fresh produce, meats, baked goods, crafts, live entertainment, food trucks, and more, it’ll be a weekly outing with something for everybody.
The Hendersonville Farmers Market is located at the Historic Train Depot (650 Maple Street) in downtown Hendersonville’s Seventh Avenue District.
Time: Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
For more information visit https://www.hendersonvillenc.gov/events/hendersonville-farmers-market.
Looking for something to do in Hendersonville? Escape from life’s hectic pace to the beautiful scenery and southern hospitality of Hendersonville, NC with varied Attractions, Events, Outdoor Recreation, Family Activities, a vibrant Art Scene, unique shopping and a wide selection of Dining Options. Sierra Nevada along with Henderson County’s other Wineries, Breweries, and Cideries provide tours and tasting rooms, to sample mountain grown selections. Make memories in this charming mountain town.
Check out the following links for more information:
Accommodations / https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/business-categories/lodging
Attractions / https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/attractions
Outdoor Recreation / https://www.visithendersonvillenc.org/business-categories/outdoor-adventures
DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
Jackson Park is located at the southeastern city limits of Hendersonville. An entrance gate is at the end of Fourth Avenue East. The Glover Street entrance is accessible by turning onto Glover Street from US 176 (Spartanburg Hwy).
There is ample parking at Jackson Park in Hendersonville, NC for participants. The address for Jackson Park is 640 Glover Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792. The park is located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville and is approximately 15 miles outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Please note, due to the wave starts throughout the morning, there will be foot-traffic on the paved roads in and out of the park. Please drive slow and with caution when arriving and leaving the park.
DEFERRALS, TRANSFERS AND CANCELATION POLICIES
Above all else, we are striving to make this event as safe as it can possibly be for all our participants, volunteers, and staff. If you’re feeling unwell (or uncomfortable participating), we want you to be able to stay home, stay safe, and join us next year without feeling like you’re losing out. In order to make that happen, we are offering flexible options so participants can make responsible decisions based on their health.
Here are our options for registered participants who can’t make it to the race:
TRANSFERS BETWEEN EVENTS: You can transfer your in-person registration to a virtual registration for free at any point before the race. If you select this option, we will mail your race swag to you after the in-person event. You can also transfer from the in-person Half Marathon to the in-person 8k for free up until September 19th at midnight. There will be no refunds for the price difference between the two events. After that date, there will be a $10 transfer fee from the half marathon to the 8k.
REFUNDS: Refunds are not offered for this event. If the in-person event has to be cancelled, all participants will be transferred to the virtual event.
CANCELLATION: As we all know the pandemic changes things quickly! In the event that the U.S. or NC government, Hendersonville County or City of Hendersonville declares a new stay-at-home order or places new restrictions on gatherings and we are not able to have the in person event, all ‘in person’ event registrations will automatically be converted to the Virtual event. If you are switched to a virtual event, you will receive a partial credit for the 2022 event and your swag mailed for free.