UPDATE ON 9/30/21: We are out of finisher medals for the half marathon! If you register after 9/30, the cost has been reduced by $20 to account for the fact that you will not receive a medal at the finish line.
The Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru is back for its second year and we are so excited! In addition to the half marathon, we've added the BRAND NEW Morris Broadband 8k powered by Optimum.
The in-person half marathon and 8k both wind through Hendersonville, NC (near Asheville) on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. There is also a Virtual Half Marathon and 8k running option for runners not able to attend the in-person event.
The Black Bear Half and 8k both offer a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway. 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 2021 Half Marathon presenting sponsor: Hunter Subaru, for all that they do to help create this amazing event. And a warm welcome to our new event and new presenting sponsor of the 8k, Morris Broadband powered by Optimum!
What is included with your race entry:
Thank you to our presenting sponsors!
This year's half marathon is presented by:
This year's brand new 8k is presented by:
Swag + Medals
HALF MARATHON SWAG
All in-person half marathon participants will receive a commemorative medal after the race! You'll also get a free shirt if you register by September 19th at midnight. After that, the shirts will be available for $15 online. Virtual participants will receive a free shirt/medal in the mail as well.
If you want to participate in the Appalachian Trilogy (AVL Half, Jump Off Rock Half, Black Bear Half), you must be registered for all three races by July 11th at midnight! If you don't register by that time, you will not be eligible to receive the Trilogy medal.
All Morris Broadband 8k powered by Optimum participants will receive a free short sleeve shirt with their registration up until September 19th at midnight. After that, the short sleeve shirts will be available for $10 during registration. The 8k event will also have cash prizes for top finishers. Not in contention to win the race? Don't fret! We want you to Race your Own Speed! Five finishers in the 8k will be picked at random at the Awards Ceremony and each receive $50 cash.
Asheville Personal Training
We'd like to thank Asheville Personal Training for joining us at this event! They'll have a tent setup with post-race recovery equipment and activities, so make sure to stop by after you crush your run!
We've got donuts!
Jeter Mountain Farm will be providing apple cider + apple cider donuts again this year, so come hungry! We'll also have a variety of post-race recovery snacks and beverages available at the finish line.
- October 9 8:00 AM EDT - 8k Race: Mass Start (all participants)
- October 9 8:00 AM EDT - Half Marathon Race Rolling Start BEGINS
- October 9 8:30 AM EDT - Half Marathon Race Rolling Start ENDS
- Event contact
- The iDaph Support Team
- (828) 684-0812