May 14, 2016


Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon will take your breath away…even if the run doesn't! The race starts on Main Street (at Main and Depot) in downtown Waynesville where the sights, sounds, and shops will delight your visual senses. The route winds through tree lined streets and ascends for a wonderful treat of running with beautiful mountains surrounding your views. Soon you will have some reprieve as you cruise downhill. Nestled in the Western North Carolina Mountains 25 minutes west of Asheville, this is a race you enjoy, remember, and want to return year after year!

The race ends in Frog Level, a revitalized railroad district listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That is where the fun begins for you, friends and family! There will be music from I Heart Media and KISS Country as well as inside Frog Level Brewing for your enjoyment. Enjoy the music, local craft brews, refreshments, and treats while you visit some of the interesting shoppes in the Frog Level area. The shop owners are looking forward to seeing you!

Quaint bed and breakfasts and area hotels await your arrival. The host lodge is Lake Junalunska's The Terrace which overlooks the lake. Enjoy a meal at our deliciously unique restaurants,  Visit our lovely shops or just relax and enjoy the view and stroll downtown.

Register NOW and also like us on Facebook and learn of fun facts and tidbits as we get closer to race day. If this is your first half marathon, please let us know so you can be recognized by the announcer as you cross the finish line!

Your host, the Haywood Chamber of Commerce looks forward to welcoming you to our beautiful Smokies!

Paid for in part by HCTDA 44 N. Main St, Waynesville NC 28786 - 828.452.0152