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Black Bear Half Marathon

October 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Black Bear Half Marathon

Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021

Hendersonville, North Carolina

 Permits have been approved by the City of Hendersonville for the 2021 race.

The 2nd Annual Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru is a 13.1 mile running event that takes place during peak leaf season and the fall scenery is stunning! The half marathon race offers a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway and through Hendersonville city streets. Experience a beautiful half marathon 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 2020 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.

Race Details:

Half Marathon
Start Times: Rolling wave starts from 8:00 - 9:00am. 

Runners must sign up for a wave start time when registering. We highly encourage runners that plan to finish under 1hr and 40 minutes to start in Waves 1, 2 or 3.

Course cut-off is 1:30pm. 

Course Type: Paved Road & Greenway Loop
Stroller friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No

Virtual Half Marathon

Not able to participate in-person? Join the fun, get the swag and submit your timeline, by running the half marathon virtually anytime and from anywhere!


What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class running experience in the fall in Western North Carolina!
• Chip-timing for accurate results
• A totally set up and well-marked, mostly flat course on a beautiful Greenway!
• Spectator friendly course
• One-of-a-kind Prizes
Super-cool swag including:
• Unique Black Bear Finisher Medal
• Super comfy, custom-designed, Long-sleeve t-shirt
• Goody Bag
Awesome post event food and treats:


Free long-sleeve T-shirt deadline:

Deadline: September 19th at midnight


October 9
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
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