Coming May 5, 2018!
Outstanding scenery and spectacular recreational opportunities make the Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon and 4 mile run two of the most popular running events west of Asheville, NC. Located picturesque Waynesville, NC, the challenging and family friendly event winds runners through Waynesville and its neighborhoods before heading out along Plott Creek and then finishing back downtown. Downtown Waynesville is 2,752 feet above sea level and is located in a valley surrounded by 6,000-foot mountain peaks.
Runners taking part in the race will follow a well- marked route through tree lined streets, small farms, country churches and historical homes. The starting line for both races begins in historical, award winning downtown Waynesville lined with small quaint shops, breweries and restaurants. The finish line is only a few blocks away where cold beverages, micro beer, food, awards and music await to celebrate with you.
Runners and nature lovers alike should arrive a day early to relax and explore breweries, wine cellars, restaurants, shopping and music of all kinds.
Race Weather and Climate
The average low temperature is 47 degrees and average high is 73 degrees, with a rainfall amount average of 4.33 during the month of May.