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Black Bear Half Marathon and 8k

Black Bear Half Marathon and 8k

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The Black Bear Half Marathon is back for its third year and we are so excited! Both the half marathon and 8k both offer a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway. The Half Marathon has less than 400 feet of elevation gain, and both races wind along the river, so you won’t want to miss it! Participants will receive a free treat and a beer (21+) after the race to replenish some much-needed calories. We’ll also have plenty of vendors at the race hub, live music, and a recovery zone with massages and PT!

RAD Half Marathon and 10k

RAD Half Marathon and 10k

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The Inaugural RAD Half Marathon & 10k are fast, incredibly scenic races that start in the heart of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Both races whiz downhill to the River Arts District, and wind along the peaceful French Broad River. You’ll be greeted with a complimentary beer, a one-of-a-kind finisher medal, live music, and a free shuttle back to the start line after the race.

If you’re looking to soak in all the sights and sounds of Asheville while achieving a new PR, this is the race for you!

Jump Off Rock Half Marathon & 10k

Jump Off Rock Half Marathon & 10k

An endurance running event like none other, the 2nd Annual Jump Off Rock Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru, is one of the fastest half marathon races in the south and runs “downhill to downtown.” 

The point-to-point, half marathon begins at Jump off Rock, a national landmark and the Town of Laurel Park’s highest peak, and finishes in the heart of downtown Hendersonville on Main Street. This gently downhill and scenic 13.1 mile course is not only fast, it also has breathtaking views. Half Marathoners wind their way downhill through the beautiful back-roads of Laurel Park then on historic city streets and around Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake before heading into downtown Hendersonville. The point-to-point race and the scenic course are sure to bring PRs and mountain memories to last a lifetime.

10k runners start their race at the base of the Town of Laurel Park at the Hendersonville Family YMCA. They join in on the half marathon route at about the half-way point with half marathoners. The 10k route is moderately flat with a couple gentle rollers. The 10k runners will run on historic city streets, around the Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake and back to downtown Hendersonville.

*New* for 2022 – 10k Cash prizes for the overall top three, male/female winners & two ‘in the pack’ participants!

Both races finish at the same location in Historic Downtown Hendersonville on Main Street.

An endurance running event like none other, the 2nd Annual Jump Off Rock Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru, is one of the fastest half marathon races in the south and runs “downhill to downtown.” 

The point-to-point, half marathon begins at Jump off Rock, a national landmark and the Town of Laurel Park’s highest peak, and finishes in the heart of downtown Hendersonville on Main Street. This gently downhill and scenic 13.1 mile course is not only fast, it also has breathtaking views. Half Marathoners wind their way downhill through the beautiful back-roads of Laurel Park then on historic city streets and around Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake before heading into downtown Hendersonville. The point-to-point race and the scenic course are sure to bring PRs and mountain memories to last a lifetime.

10k runners start their race at the base of the Town of Laurel Park at the Hendersonville Family YMCA. They join in on the half marathon route at about the half-way point with half marathoners. The 10k route is moderately flat with a couple gentle rollers. The 10k runners will run on historic city streets, around the Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake and back to downtown Hendersonville.

*New* for 2022 – 10k Cash prizes for the overall top three, male/female winners & two ‘in the pack’ participants!

Both races finish at the same location in Historic Downtown Hendersonville on Main Street.

 

Jump Off Rock Half Marathon Shirt
resolution run medal
Appalachian

Appalachian Trilogy

Complete 3 out of 4 of our half marathons* in 2022 and get a sweet, Appalachian Trilogy medal.
• Asheville Marathon and Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate – Saturday, March 19 OR Sunday, 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
When you finish 3 of the 4 races, you will 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 add on to go along with this challenge to keep you motivated to train all year long!
*Note you can run the Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate in place of the Half Marathon.

Race Details:

Course time limit is 12:30pm.

13.1 miles

Rolling wave starts 7:30 am until 9:00 am.

Race is capped at 1,000 runners

Course Time limit is NOON

Half Marathon is capped at 1000 runners.

6.2 miles

Rolling wave starts 9 am until 9:15 am.

Race is capped at 500 runners

Course Time limit is NOON

 

What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class running experience in the late spring in Western North Carolina!
• Brooks Dri-Fit, Tech running shirt
• Hunter Subaru Goody Bag, filled with goodies
• A unique, custom-designed, commemorative finisher medal
• A well-supported race with rolling starts to enhance the participant experience from start-to-finish.
• A scenic, fast, downhill half marathon course and a moderately flat, 10k route in the heart of Hendersonville, NC.
• Free shuttle ticket included with race entry. Optional Shuttle ride to half marathon or 10k start line (these are 2 separate locations).
• Free parking available for race participants at the Dogwood Parking lot in downtown Hendersonville.

• Chip-timing for accurate, live results
• Course fully-marked with route signs and course markings on the road.
• Course preview video and course maps to get you prepped for race day.
• Access to our community of runners in our Strava Group.
• Spectator friendly courses.
• One-of-a-kind Prizes made locally
• Access for our participants to attend the world-class, Hendersonville Farmers Market happening a few blocks away from the finish line. The Farmers Market offers farm fresh foods, crafts, food trucks, live

And more perks with details coming soon! 

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.

Jump Off Rock Half Marathon & 10K

Jump Off Rock Half Marathon & 10K

An endurance running event like none other, the Inaugural Jump Off Rock Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru, will be one of the fastest half marathon races in the south and will run “downhill to downtown.” 

The point-to-point, half marathon begins at Jump off Rock, a national landmark and the Town of Laurel Park’s highest peak, and finishes in the heart of downtown Hendersonville on Main Street. This gently downhill and scenic 13.1 mile course is not only fast, it also has breathtaking views. Half Marathoners will wind their way downhill through the beautiful back-roads of Laurel Park then on historic city streets and around Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake before heading into downtown Hendersonville. The point-to-point race and the scenic course are sure to bring PRs and mountain memories to last a lifetime.

10k runners will start their race at the base of the Town of Laurel Park at the YMCA of Hendersonville. They will join in on the half marathon route at about the half-way point with half marathoners. The 10k route is moderately flat with a couple gentle rollers. The 10k runners will run on historic city streets, around the Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake and back to downtown Hendersonville.

Both races will finish at the same location in Historic Downtown Hendersonville on Main Street. 

Jump Off Rock Half Marathon Shirt
resolution run medal
Appalachian

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 black & 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!

Race Details:

Course time limit is 12:30pm.

Start Times:

Half Marathon
Rolling wave starts 7:30 am until 9:00 am.

Runners will sign up for a wave start time when registering. We highly encourage runners/walkers that want to enjoy the scenery and take their time during the race to start in the first or second wave to make the time cutoff.

Half Marathon is capped at 300 runners.

10k

Rolling wave starts 9:00am until 10am.

10k is capped at 200 runners. 

Course Type: Half Marathon, majority is paved with one short downhill section that is packed dirt in Laurel Park and around Osceola Lake is packed dirt surface. 10k is all paved surfaces on city streets and around the lake is packed dirt. See course info below.
Stroller friendly? Yes

Registration Periods & Pricing
Early: Feb 1-Feb 7
Regular: Feb 8-March 7
Late: March 8-April 30 (if available)

Virtual Race

For runners not able to attend in person, the virtual race is a good option to achieve a goal, and run the miles on your own, wherever and whenever you want. All virtual runners will receive a commemorative race shirt and finisher medal.

Free T-shirt deadline:
(in-person runners)

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

After this date, shirts will be available online for $10 during online registration, limited sizes.

What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class running experience in the late spring in Western North Carolina!
• An in-person, safe, and socially-distanced race with rolling, wave starts
• A scenic, fast, downhill half marathon course and a moderately flat, 10k route in the heart of Hendersonville, NC. 
• Optional Shuttle ride to a half marathon or 10k start line (these are 2 separate locations). 
• Free parking available for race participants at the Dogwood Parking lot in downtown Hendersonville. 
• Course fully-marked with route signs and course markings on the road. 
• Course preview video and course maps to get you prepped for race day. 
• Chip-timing for accurate results
• Access to our community of runners in our Strava Group. 
• Spectator friendly courses with designated cheer stations
• One-of-a-kind Prizes made locally 
• Part of the ‘Love Hendo’ downtown kick-off for the summer, with various amenities available in downtown Hendersonville on race day. Love Hendo offers closed downtown streets on the Historic Main Street, which allows convenient access to fantastic food, drinks, and local merchandise in downtown.   
• Access for our participants to attend the world-class, Hendersonville Farmers Market happening a few blocks away from the finish line. The Farmers Market offers farm-fresh foods, crafts, food trucks, live entertainment, and more!

Super-cool swag including:
• Unique Inaugural Finisher Medal
• Super comfy, custom-designed t-shirt
• Goody Bag

And more perks with details coming soon!