Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon

*NEW IN 2017 – THE 4-MILER*

MAY 6, 2017
 Registration is now open!

Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will take your breath away…even if the runs don’t!  The races start on historic Main Street (corner of Main and Depot) in downtown Waynesville where the sights, sounds, and shops will delight your visual senses.  Choose from the standard half marathon, or new in 2017, a 4-Miler!  The exhilaration builds as both routes wind through tree lined streets in historic neighborhoods and ascend to spectacular views of the magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains.  Soon you can catch your breath as you cruise downhill to the finish line in Frog Level.  This revitalized railroad district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features interesting shops and one of Waynesville’s 4 craft breweries.

medals-2016Your friends and family await, as you cross the finish line to enjoy music, fun and medal presentations!  Will you go home with one, two…or more?

Nestled in the Western North Carolina Mountains 25 minutes west of Asheville, this is a race you will enjoy, remember, and want to return to year after year!

halfmar-cc-gfg-lrAbout Haywood County

Haywood County is an area rich in history, culture, culinary talent, diverse music and crafts.  Situated in the Western part of the state, it boasts 546 scenic square miles and 14 peaks over 6,000 feed in elevations, including the infamous Cold Mountain.  The area offers quaint, walkable downtown streets lined with boutiques and shops, as well as a wealth of restaurants showcasing local farm-to-table cuisine.  There is a host of additional recreational activities available, so bring the entire family!  Lodging opportunities abound from high-end bed and breakfasts to cabin rentals to camping.  Click here for further information.