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.

HALF MARATHON Race Details

Start Time: 8:00 am

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

Course time limit is NOON

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.

8K Race Details

Start Time: 8:00 am

Course Type: Paved Road, Paths & Greenway

Course time limit is NOON

REGISTRATION PERIODS + PRICING

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!

Sponsors

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.