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Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k

October 8, 2023 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Black Bear Half, the most popular, scenic, fall, Half Marathon in WNC, returns during peak leaf season with its beary speedy companion the 8k.

The 4th 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 8k returns to compliment our most popular fall half marathon event on the same day. Both races take place simultaneously in Hendersonville, NC on Sunday, October 8, 2023 and on downtown Hendersonville city streets, park pathways and the Oklawaha Greenway.

The Black Bear Half Marathon is the last race in the Appalachian Trilogy series for the year. Runners that complete 3 out of 4 ‘idaph events’ half marathons in 2023, get a special, commemorative Appalachian Trilogy medal.

General Event Info
Sunday, October 8, 2023, 8:00am start time. Both races 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 blackbearhalfmarathon.com or email support@idaph.net.

Bring 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. The 8k race is very fast with some of the fastest times for this distance and lots of personal records (PR’s) for all runners of varying abilities.

Prize money! Overall male and female winners of the 8k will win $100 each in cash prize money and 2nd and 3rd will also take home some cash.

Swag, Awards and more…

Half marathon and 8k runners will furever love their commemorative finisher medal, custom-designed with the race logo, making it a truly one-of-a-kind keepsake. Both races have cozy shirts available during online registration. Half Marathoners get the participant’s favorite long sleeve, dri-fit, technical tee by Brooks. This shirt is sure to be worn all fall season! 8k runners receive a beary cool, cotton/poly blend, short sleeve comfy tee included with their registration. Both races will get a Hunter Subaru goody bag filled with goodies.

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.

Come experience the best that WNC has to offer with a magical fall running experience!

For more info and to sign up: blackbearhalfmarathon.com

Event Details

Hendersonville, North Carolina
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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