October 9, 2022  •  Hendersonville, NC

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

The 3rd Annual Black Bear half marathon and 8k both wind through Hendersonville, NC (near Asheville) on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. 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 a socially distanced setup, so you won’t want to miss it! We’d like to give a huge thanks to our 2022 Half Marathon 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.


Start Time: 8:00 am

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

Course time limit is NOON


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.

8K Race Details

Start Time: 8:00 am

Course Type: Paved Road, Paths & Greenway

Course time limit is NOON


Super Early: December 14, 2021
Early: December 15, 2021 – June 19, 2022
Regular: June 20, 2022 – September 25, 2022
Late: September 25 – Race Day

$5 T-shirt deadline: Sunday, September 18, 2022 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 for just $5 if you register by September 18th at midnight. After that, the shirts will be available for $15 online. Unfortunately, shirt costs have risen dramatically over the last few months, which is why we can no longer offer them for free with registration. Virtual participants will receive a free shirt/medal in the mail as well.

Ship Swag Deadline: Sunday, September 25 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 for just $5 (through Sunday, September 18th) for Half Marathoners and Short Sleeve Cotton-Poly Tee for 8k participants.
  • Free finisher medal for Half Marathon participants only.
  • 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.