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Black Bear Half Marathon

Black Bear Half Marathon

Black Bear Half Marathon
October 9, 2021
Permit Approved. 

The Black Bear Half Marathon is back! This 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 IN-PERSON, half marathon running race this fall in Western North Carolina. 

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! 

Asheville Marathon and Half

Asheville Marathon and Half

Saturday, March 20, 2021

13.1 MILES OF CITY SCENERY

 

Relocated to Downtown Asheville for 2021

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 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!

The 9th Annual Asheville Marathon and Half typically held at Biltmore Estate, will take place as a Half Marathon only on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in downtown Asheville. The Special Edition, 2021 Asheville Half Marathon is relocated for one year only to downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The Asheville Marathon & Half will plan to return to Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC for the 10th Annual event in 2022. Participants will help bring the economy roaring back with a safe, organized, fun and city-style running event in downtown Asheville, NC.

 Due to COVID-19, guidelines are being put in place to provide a safe and socially distanced event for our runners, volunteers, and staff, which is why the Marathon and Challenge events will not take place at the 2021 event. The event is capped at 800 participants and will include wave starts. We expect this event to sell out before race day. 

Registration will open on Thursday, January 27th for the 2020 participants and then will open on January 28th to the general public.

Start your 2021 Asheville Half Marathon in downtown Asheville Pack Square and run through the best parts of the city. Including downtown city streets, River Arts District, along the French Broad river and through the park for this city-style, 13.1 race. This fast, half marathon is a dream come true for runners looking to get a personal best in the mountains of Western North Carolina. With only 477 feet of elevation gain and 487 feet of elevation loss, runners will get a short sampling of downtown hills at the beginning and end of the race, but the majority of the miles are ‘flat’ running along the river on the greenway and through the city parks. 

Endurance runners will have an opportunity to ‘break in’ the brand new section of the newly completed greenway section of the French Broad River Greenway on Riverside Drive and Lyman Street.This is the first race in downtown Asheville to explore these new greenways during a race. 

Runners will be on mostly paved surfaces throughout the entirety event with a few dirt sections within the French Broad River Park. 

  Race Details:

Course time limit is 12:30pm.

Start Times:

Half Marathon
Rolling wave starts 7:30 am until 9:10 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 800 runners.

Course Type: Half Marathon, majority is paved, the scenic downtown course weaves through downtown into the River Arts District and along the French Broad River and back into downtown Asheville. 

Stroller friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? Yes

Registration Periods & Pricing
Regular: January 27- March 13
Late: March 14 -March 19

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. 

 

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, (mostly) flat course in Downtown Asheville.
• 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

• One-of-a-kind Prizes 

Super-cool swag including:
• Unique Special Edition Finisher Medal
• Super comfy, custom-designed t-shirt
• Asheville Half Marathon Buff
• Goody Bag
Awesome post event food and treats:
• More info coming soon!

 

“Everything about this race was top-notch. The information sent out, the organization, and the fantastic demeanor of the staff and volunteers all exceeded expectations. The course is tough, but it is a gorgeous run that’ll have your head on a swivel. This is definitely a must-run race!”

– Crystal Roger Owens, Asheville Marathon & Half Participant

Inaugural Jump off Rock Half Marathon & 10k Registration Now Open!

Inaugural Jump off Rock Half Marathon & 10k Registration Now Open!

SATURDAY MAY 8, 2021

HALF MARATHON & 10K

DOWNHILL TO DOWNTOWN

SIGN UP HERE

An endurance running event like none other, the Inaugural Jump Off Rock Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru, will be one of the fastest downhill 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 in Hendersonville. They will join in on the half marathon route at about the half-way point with half marathoners. The 10k route is paved surfaces and 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

The 2021 races are designated safe races, with pre-race temperature and COVID screenings, wave starts and social distanced measures will be in place throughout the event. Limited spots are available.  

 
ONE-OF-A-KIND RACE SWAG
 
 
 
 
WHY YOU SHOULD RUN THE INAUGURAL
JUMP OFF ROCK HALF & 10K!
A sampling of what you ‘get’ when you run with us on May 8th:

• 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 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!
 

…AND MOST IMPORTANTLY A MEMORY TO LAST A LIFETIME!
GET MORE INFORMATION HERE
 
 
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Black Bear Half Marathon Pre-Event Information

Black Bear Half Marathon Pre-Event Information

2020 Black Bear Half Marathon on Saturday, October 10, 2020. logo

We can’t wait to cheer you on at the Black Bear Half Marathon on  Saturday, October 10th at Jackson Park in Hendersonville, NC. Thank you for supporting our event and our small business. Please check here for updates as we get closer to race day!

THIS EVENT IS HAPPENING RAIN OR SHINE!

Transferring to Virtual

If you are interested in transferring your in-person running event to Virtual, here’s how!

Visit our registration page in Race Roster by clicking HERE. You can transfer up until 7am on race day. There are instructions on the Race Roster page AND at the link below.

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO TRANSFER TO VIRTUAL

Hot Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and more! 

Bare Bones Coffee House will be at the Black Bear Half event this Saturday selling their delicious brew and other hot beverages! Check out their website for more info. They do accept cash or card! BARE BONES BREW HAUS WEBSITE

Interactive Digital Event Guide

Click here to access our Digital Interactive Event Guide! This guide will tell you everything you need to know for the Black Bear Half, such as packet pick-up information, the course, what to expect, and more!

Black Bear Half Hub Map

Click here to access the Black Bear Half Hub Map. This guide will tell you everything you need to know for the Black Bear Half, such as packet pick-up information, the course, what to expect, and more

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Podcast

Listen to our iDaph Events Podcast for pre-event information about the Black Bear Half. Download on Apple iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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