October 8, 2023  •  Hendersonville, NC


Western North Carolina’s most popular, scenic, fall half marathon & 8k, mostly flat, lots of fun, and spectator-friendly!

The 4th Annual Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k presented by Hunter Subaru, both wind through Hendersonville, NC (near Asheville) on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2023. A Virtual Half Marathon and 8k running option is also available for runners who want to be part of the race weekend experience, but are not able to attend the in-person event.

The Black Bear Half & 8k both offer a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway during peak leaf season in the fall. The Half Marathon has less than 400 feet of elevation gain and you won’t want to miss it! We’d like to give a huge thanks to our 2023 Half Marathon & 8k presenting sponsor: Hunter Subaru, for all that they do to help create this amazing event.

Both races finish at the same location in Hendersonville, North Carolina at Jackson Park.


The Black Bear Half Marathon & 8k presented by Hunter Subaru is now USATF sanctioned and certified! 

Half Marathon USATF Certification Number – NC22016DF 

8k USATF Certification Number – NC22015DF


Start Time: 8:00 am

Course Type: Paved Road, Paths & Greenway 2 Loop Course. 

Dogs & Strollers: Due to limited space on the Greenway and because the roads utilized will be open to traffic, dogs and strollers will not be permitted.

Course time limit is NOON

Half Marathon USATF Certification Number – NC22016DF 


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 (until deadline) and finisher medal.

8K Race Details

Start Time: 8:00 am

Course Type: Paved Road, Paths & Greenway

Course time limit is NOON

USATF Certification Number – NC22015DF


Super Early: December 8, 2022
Early: December 9, 2022 – June 18, 2023
Regular: June 19, 2023 – September 24, 2023
Late: September 25 – Race Day

$5 T-shirt deadline: Sunday, September 17, 2023 at midnight. All participants will receive a commemorative medal after the race! You’ll also have the option to add on a long-sleeve Brooks running shirt available in men’s and women’s sizes, for just $5 if you register by September 17th at midnight. After that, the shirts will be available for $15 online. Unfortunately, shirt costs have risen dramatically over the last few months and we can no longer offer them for free with registration. Virtual participants will receive a free shirt (until deadline) and medal in the mail.

Ship Swag Deadline: Sunday, September 24th at midnight

“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

What Your Race Entry Includes

  • Long-sleeve Brooks running shirt available in men’s and women’s sizes, for just $5 (through Sunday, September 17th) for Half Marathoners and Short Sleeve Cotton-Poly Tee for 8k participants.
  • Free finisher medal for all participants
  • Hunter Subaru goody bag
  • Chip-timing for accurate results
  • Very well-marked (and mostly flat) course on a beautiful greenway!
  • Spectator friendly course
  • One-of-a-kind prizes for overall and age group winners

“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

Register to Race!


Thank You To Our Race Partners

If you or your business are interested in sponsoring or partnering
with the Black Bear Half Marathon & 8K email us at support@idaph.net.