Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k Results, Awards and more…

Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k Results, Awards and more…

Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k


presented by Hunter Subaru and Morris Broadband powered by Optimum

October 9, 2021

Jackson Park, Hendersonville, NC


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Thanks again to everyone that came out and raced with us at the 2nd Annual Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru and the brand new 8k powered by Optimum. It was amazing to be able to see all of you come together to race again at a mass start event with us! Congrats to all of you and your amazing accomplishments. 
Thanks to a couple of our non-profit partners - Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway and IC Imagine for being part of this year’s event and to all of that you that donated to them. Shout out to their awesome volunteers too! And a special thanks to all the other many volunteers, police, sheriffs and the City of Hendersonville and staff at Henderson County Parks and Recreation that took the time to be part of making this a fun, safe, event for everyone!
Save the date for the 3rd Annual Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k on Saturday, October 8, 2022!
Registration will open in early November 2021.
Stay up-to-date with the race happenings by following our Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k FACEBOOK page here - and our @idaphevents Instagram pages. 
Today is #medalmonday share your race pics with your medals and tag us on IG for a re-share today!

CONGRATS to all the Overall Winners!

Half Marathon prizes by Hunter Subaru:

1st place overall: Bryce Wedig - 1:21:11

2nd place overall: Mitch Mull - 1:21:39

3rd place overall: Michael Brinkman - 1:22:13

1st place overall (female) - Anne Elise Wester - 1:28:30

2nd place overall (female) - Brianna Blacha - 1:37:33

3rd place overall (female) - Torrie Edwards - 1:39:40

8k: Men and Women prizes by Morris Broadband powered by Optimum:

1st place overall: Ricky Flynn - 24:55

2nd place overall: Alex Marchek - 26:06

3rd place overall: Erick Martinez - 26:14

1st place overall (female) - Shelby Jaramillo - 30:24

2nd place overall (female) - Elli Saraceno - 24:37

3rd place overall (female) - Hanna Honeycutt - 37:23



Not sure if you get a prize? Check out all the prize categories here for the winners. If you didn’t pick up your award on Satruday, you can stop by Fleet Feet Asheville anytime after Tuesday, October 12th at 3pm to pick up your prizes. Out of town and want your prize shipped? Go here. Have questions about how to get your prize? Contact support@idaph.net. 


Missed picking up a race shirt, Appalachian Trilogy hoody or a Run Local Beannie? Don’t fret, you can get it HERE!


As we get photos processed, we will add them here to the Race Roster photo Gallery. We have some in the gallery now and are adding more! Check them out. 

Looking for your next event? 

Stay motivated to keep training this fall. Come out on Thursday, November 25th (Thanksgiving Day) for the South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru. This race is family-friendly and an annual tradition that you don’t want to miss in Biltmore Park, South Asheville, NC.Find out more HERE

2022 Appalachian Trilogy

Make plans to join us next year for the Appalachian Trilogy! Complete 3 out of 4 of our half marathons in 2022 and get a sweet, Appalachian Trilogy medal. We will release more details soon. Stay tuned!

Asheville Marathon and Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate - March 19 or March 20 (two dates to choose from, can pick Marathon or Half)

Jump off Rock Half Marathon, Hendersonville, NC - Saturday, May 14, 2022

RAD (River Arts District) HALF Marathon (NEW RACE!!), Asheville, NC!  Sunday, June 12, 2022

Black Bear Half Marathon, Hendersonville, NC - Saturday, October 8, 2022


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Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k

Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k

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 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.

Black Bear Half Marathon returns during peak leaf season with a beary speedy companion

Black Bear Half Marathon returns during peak leaf season with a beary speedy companion

Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k

The 2nd Annual Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru is a boutique style, 13.1 mile running race happening near Asheville in Hendersonville, NC. The BRAND NEW Morris Broadband 8k powered by Optimum joins our most popular fall half marathon event on the same day. Both races take place simultaneously in Hendersonville, NC on Saturday, October 9, 2021 and on downtown Hendersonville city streets, park pathways and the Oklawaha Greenway.  

Bearer of Good News

The Inaugural Black Bear Half Marathon was designed and produced for the first time in 2020 during the pandemic and was wildly popular for a first time event.  “The race was created to fill the need of providing a safe endurance running event for our community of local and regional runners during a pandemic. We implemented rolling starts, safe racing protocols and social distance measures throughout the race and it was an absolute success and a blast,” said Race Director, Daphne Kirkwood. The race quickly gained traction and excitement during the first year and the momentum has continued into the planning of the 2nd annual event. Kirkwood said, “A lot of runners not wanting to run a half marathon distance have asked for an addition to this race weekend with a shorter race distance. The advice we received from our community is that they didn’t just want another 5k race, so we went to work on finding a beautiful, scenic fall route that was compatible with the existing half marathon route. The 8k distance matched up perfectly,  prompting the addition of the new 8k to meet even more of our community of runners and walkers that want to take part in this popular fall event weekend.”

Optimum and Morris BroadbandBring the Speed

Both races are primarily run on very scenic, mostly flat courses along the Oklawaha Greenway. They are both spectator friendly allowing family and friends to cheer participants on throughout the race. We expect the 8k race to be very fast with some of the fastest times for this distance and lots of personal records (PR’s) for all runners of varying abilities. Morris Broadband powered by Optimum strives for speed records too, making this partnership with them a perfect match. Overall male and female winners of the 8k will win $100 each in cash prize money. Not in contention to win overall? Don’t fret, we want you to Race your Own Speed! Five finishers in the 8k will be picked at random at the Awards Ceremony and each receive $50 cash. 

General Event Info

Saturday, October 9, 2021, 8k - 8am mass start, half marathon - 8am-8:30am rolling start. Both start and finish are at Jackson Park, Hendersonville, North Carolina just outside of Asheville. For info regarding both the events and to sign up - Visit idaph.net or email support@idaph.net.

Black Bear Half Marathon Medal

Swag, Awards and more… 

Half marathon runners will furever love their commemorative finisher medal, custom-designed with the Black Bear Half logo, making it a truly one-of-a-kind keepsake. Both races have cozy shirts available for free during online registration through September 19th. Half Marathoners get the participant’s favorite long sleeve, comfy t-shirt, sure to be worn all fall season! 8k runners receive a beary cool blue, short sleeve comfy tee included with their registration. Both races will get a Hunter Subaru goody bag filled with goodies. 

Overall and Age Group award winners will receive ‘Black Bear’ colored pencil prints, which are made by Amy Cocanour a local artist who specializes in life-like, animal portraits. “These prints are a true masterpiece and we are so excited for our runners to enjoy locally-made and unique prizes,” says Kirkwood.

Charity Partners

We are pleased to announce our selection of two community non-profits to benefit from this event. The Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway continues to keep the Oklawaha Greenway beautiful, clean and maintained. Funds donated will benefit the upkeep and projects of the Greenway. The Jackson Park Greenway Flooding Clean-up fund directly benefits the project to improve the Jackson Park connector path to 7th Avenue that floods frequently during intense rain storms.   

See what’s coming up this summer!

See what’s coming up this summer!


Pop Up 5K Summer Series 5K
Wednesdays (2nd and 4th of the month)
    July 14, July 28, August 11, August 25


Come join us at the Bill Moore Community Park (formerly Fletcher Park) for our Pop-up 5k in the Park Summer Series.  Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday until August 25th, we’ll be setting up a rolling start line with a chip-timed and fully marked 5k course for runners and walkers.  This in-person running event is a great way to test your fitness and work towards improving your 5k time. It is family-friendly and dog friendly! New this year we have themes for each night! There will be prizes along the way, awesome Run Local swag available, and flexible options for all types of runners. 

Follow the new Pop up 5k Facebook page for all the details! Click HERE


Asheville Triathlon

Asheville Recreation Park, Asheville, NC
Sunday, July 18, 2021


iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! We will be bringing this event back to Rec Park Pool in Asheville! Thank you to everyone that helped encourage the City to allow this event to take place this year. Your voices have been heard and we are so excited to have this triathlon opportunity again!

The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50 meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast, 5k run course at the Asheville Recreation Park. This is the great event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites. 


Jump Off Rock Hill Climb

Laurel Park, Hendersonville, North Carolina
Saturday, August 8


Cyclists and Triathletes get ready for the return of the Jump off Rock Hill Climb presented by Hunter Subaru on Sunday, August 8th at 3 pm. The hill climb, time trial, cycling race made its debut in 2017 and returns this summer with much anticipation to Laurel Park located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. 

The cycling race is for all abilities! Test your fitness and challenge yourself to ride up this five-mile climb as fast as you can. This is an individual, time-trial-style event designed to challenge any type and ability of cyclists. You will be racing against the clock and will leave in one-minute increments. It is a race against yourself. This is not a mass start event. 

The one-way, time trial race starts at the Town of Laurel Park offices and goes up, up, up Laurel Park Scenic Highway to the top of Jump off Rock where panoramic views await you at the finish line. This event will be professionally produced and timed. 

Not only will this ride challenge you, but there are also prizes and awards for the King and Queen of the Mountain and random giveaways to finishers. You don’t have to be the fastest to win in our giveaways!


Pop Up 5K Fall Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
September 8th — October 27th, 2021
This is the same event as the Summer Series except with different times, prizes, and swag! The Pop-up 5k in the Park Fall Series and Virtual Challenge is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting September 8th and running until October 27th. Due to the time change, runners can start at the rolling start line anytime from 5-6:30 pm. 

Asheville Off Road Series

September 19, 2021


The Asheville Off Road Series will not take place at the Biltmore Estate, as the estate has a scheduling conflict this fall.  We believe we have secured a new location for the 2021 event in Henderson County. Let us know on our Asheville Off Road Series Facebook page if you would attend if we create and produce the event at a new location this year. This will help us make our decision. 



Black Bear Half Marathon

Hendersonville, North Carolina

October 9, 2021

The Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru is back! This 2nd Annual,  in-person, half marathon running event in Hendersonville, NC offers a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway. With less than 400 feet of elevation gain and a socially distanced race, you don’t want to miss this half marathon running race this fall in Western North Carolina. We will also have a ‘virtual option’ for the race again. Park and City permits have been approved for the 2021 race.


Trick or Trail

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
You don’t want to miss this super fun, and  family-friendly, Halloween-themed 5K run/walk. This annual running event is a local’s favorite and offers fun for the entire family.  We are currently working on finalizing our permit with Dupont and will have registration and more info to share soon! Keep up-to-date by folling our Trick or Trail Facebook Page HERE. 

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

Biltmore Park, Asheville, North Carolina

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Registration opening soon!

The 4th Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th to Biltmore Park in South Asheville, NC. Come join us for this fun and festive 5K on one of the biggest running holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country! Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition. 

Ugly Sweater Run

The Riveter, Mills River, North Carolina
Saturday, December 4, 2021
Join us for this holly, jolly 5K, 10K and Challenge at the Riveter! 

Don’t miss this new annual holiday tradition! The 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K at the Riveter in Mills River! Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K and 10K hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. The courses start at the Riveter and run along scenic rural paved and farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment.


New Year’s Resolution Run

Downtown Asheville, North Carolina
January 1, 2022

The Annual New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville will be January 1, 2022. Plan to kick off 2022 on the right foot and celebrate with what we love to do most: RUN! This event starts at a reasonable 10:00 am and offers a 5K and 10K distance. We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2022! More information coming soon. 


We have plans to add a few NEW events in 2021! Stay Tuned!

“Events with registration not currently open are in the process of permits and approvals. Locations and dates are subject to change. We will open online registration when we have the green light from the permitting agency for each event.”

iDaph Partner Events

Firecracker 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, July 3, 2021
Light Up the Night 5K, Asheville, NC — Friday, August 6, 2021
Apple Festival Races, Hendersonville, NC — Saturday, September 4
Tour d’Apple, Brevard, NC — Monday, September 6, 2021
Rock the Quarry 5k & Fun Run — Saturday, September 11, 2021 
Fonta Flora BarnBurner 50k Mountain Bike Race – Saturday, Oct 16
Vampire 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, October 30, 2021

Events are in the process of permits and final approvals. Dates and locations are subject to change. 
Additional new partner events will be added for 2021, stay tuned!

Check out the iDaph Events Podcast!

Listen to our latest podcast about our upcoming 2021 events calendar and new events in the works!

With so many changes happening in the events world right now, our podcast offers you another way to stay informed about upcoming events and what to expect. Available on Apple iTunes, Spotify, and more.



Share your training and racing journeys.. the good, the bad and the fun! Find us on our Instagram and our Facebook Page.

Tag @idaphevents and #idaphevents! We love seeing what you all are up to on a daily basis and re-sharing your posts!

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to showcase your business and support healthy events in 2021, contact us to learn more about annual sponsorship opportunities. Email events@idaph.net
Appalachian Trilogy: 13.1 x 3 in 2021

Appalachian Trilogy: 13.1 x 3 in 2021

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 commemorative Appalachian Trilogy medal. You can do these events either in-person or virtually to be part of the series! We will also have some super cool swag to go along with this new challenge to keep you motivated to train all year long!

Step 1: Go to the official Appalachian Trilogy Registration Form and sign up. After you fill this out you are signed up in the series so that you can receive your medal… but you must still go sign up for each of the three races on Race Roster…

Next, Step 2:  Go sign up here for all three races and grab the official Appalachian Trilogy Hoody and/or mug while you are there! - https://raceroster.com/series/2021/44620/the-appalachian-trilogy

Note: Only registered participants of all three half marathon races will be eligible for the Appalachian Trilogy medal. Both in-person and virtual half marathon participants are eligible to be part of this series. Medals can be picked up at the final race in the series - Black Bear Half Marathon on Saturday, October 9th. If you partiticipate virtually in the races, your medal will be shipped after October 9th.

Step 3: Now go join our exclusive Applachian Trilogy Runners Facebook group –> https://www.facebook.com/groups/416577786315987 and be part of the community of runners that are also tackling this challenge with you!

Last thing... And finally, check out the GOLD, SPINNING, AMAZING Appalachian Trilogy Medal - https://youtu.be/jsB8285y8HE