Bethel Half Marathon & 5k

Sat October 9, 2021 Waynesville, NC 28786 US Directions
Preserving yesterday - Helping Today - Planning for Tomorrow


13.1 Miles

Bethel Half Marathon

8:30AM EDT
3.1 Miles

Bethel 5K

8:35AM EDT


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+

Run for Free!


Do you want a FREE ENTRY?  It's Simple - AFTER you’ve registered - a "Refer Your Friends!" pop up will appear - Post, Tweet, and/or email the message to everyone you know.
OR later -  share your unique link found in your RunSignUp Confirmation E-mail = "Remember to invite your friends..."
You’ll be refunded $20 for every three(3) friends who register for the Half Marathon online using your unique link. Three friends sign up = $20. Six = $40.00.
You'll be refunded $10 for the first two (2) friends who register for the 5K. For friends 3-4-5 receive $5 each - until your registration becomes FREE! [Free is Good!!]
Funds will be refunded, within 3-4 business day, to the credit card used for the initial registration.
Note: The intial registration processing fee will not be refunded, you can not go below $0, refunds will not apply to Add-Ons, Purchases, or Donations.

Bethel Rural Community Organization

BRCO's mission is to coordinate local and regional resources to perform programs and projects that enhance the quality of rural life in Bethel Community. Check out our About BRCO page for review of what we're up to and how we got here.


Bethel Middle School
630 Sonoma Rd
Waynesville, NC US 28786

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