Bethel Half Marathon & 5k

Event Date

Sat, Oct 9, 2021


Waynesville, NC


About This Activity

Update: September 10, 2021: We are sad to announce that due to the recent flooding and landslides in the Bethel community, we are Canceling the 2021 Bethel Half/5K race. The safety of our runners, our volunteers, and Haywood County's emergency workers is more important than anything else. 
Areas within our community are still getting back on thier feet. We did not want to put any additioanal burden on the EMS, PD, DOT and other Agencies that support the race each year.

Even though we will not being running this year - the mission of the Bethel Rural Community Organization has not changed and has a specific and immediate need for your support. Please - if you would like to donate to support community recovery efforts, please visit or the Donate Tab Above.

If you are currently signed up for the 2021 Bethel Half Marathon/5K - you will receive an email


The Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk run through the lovely Bethel Community south of Canton, NC - about a half hour outside of Asheville, NC.  Held on the second Saturday in October - the 28th Annual Bethel Half & 5K is October 9, 2021. The fall colors on the trees, the rolling farmlands, the Pigeon River, and the cool weather make this a particularly inviting race event. 

The 2021 Bethel Half & 5K is hosted by and in support of the Bethel Rural Community Organization
Among other wonderful programs - the BRCO supports a community food pantry, benevolence work (such as assistance with heating bills during cold winters), and rural, historic preservation work, and a college scholarship to a deserving Haywood County student.

We are the oldest half marathon in North Carolina and the third oldest half marathon in the Southeast. The Half Marathon is a USATF Certified Course [ID: NC12099PH]. Both courses are well marked with traffic control at key intersections. Aid Stations are located every 2-2.5 miles with Water/Gatorade only.


Rates & Dates:

5K Registration is $25    Race Day = $30
Half Marathon Registration is $40    Race Day = $45

Saturday - October 9th
7:00 - 8:15am On-site Registration and Packet Pick Up
8:30am Half Marathon START
8:35am: 5K START

Post-race festivities and award ceremony are held indoors in the school gym - including home-made potato soup, custom awards & prizes.

Age Groups & Awards:

Top 3 M/F Overall  [$250 to the 1st M/F Overall!!!]
Top 1 M/F Masters
Top 3 M/F in Age Groups: 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, >> 70-74, 75+

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