Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon

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October 20, 2018
8:00 AM

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K – Join us for the return of this great fall race in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains on Saturday, October 20, 2018.  This event is famous for its generous swag package, picturesque courses, local culture and amazing post-race meal.

We’re Back!  After a one-year hiatus, the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K return to the racing schedule on Saturday, October 20.  Also back will be our scenic courses, amazing swag, and incredible post-event meal.

Registration

Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K Logo

Online registration will open at 12 noon on December 1 and will close on Thursday, October 18 at 9:00 PM.

Entry Fees

December 1, 2017-April 30, 2018 – $45
May 1-September 30 – $50
October 1 – Race Day – $55

Event Schedule

Friday, October 19

4:00-6:00 PM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Saturday, October 20

6:00-7:45 AM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration

7:45-11:30 AM – Acquoni Road closed to traffic

8:00 AM – Half Marathon Start

8:15 AM – 5K Start – Click HERE for race information and link to registration

All events take place at the site of the old Acquoni Events Center on Acquoni Road in Cherokee.

Course

The course will take runners through much of Cherokee, including a loop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park where elk are known to be sighted. The race will start and finish in the parking lot of the Acquoni Events Center.

There are six aid stations on the course, located approximately every two miles. Each station has a portable toilet.

Click HERE to see the Half Marathon course map.

Time Limit All half marathon runners have 3 hours to complete the course in order to be provided full police protection and aid station support. Those still on the course at this time will be asked to stay to sidewalks and follow traffic rules. Race officials will stay with all runners on the course to make sure they arrive to the finish line safely.

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Friday, Oct 19 – 4:00-6:00 pm-Packet Pick Up/Late Registration

Saturday, Oct. 20 – 6:00-7:45 am-Packet Pick Up/Late Registration

Swag

All runners registered by October 1 are guaranteed to receive a long-sleeve tech running shirt and our famous hoody, both in unisex sizing.

Note:  The tech shirts run a half-size large so plan accordingly when choosing your size.

2018 Cherokee Hoodie

Post-Race

The post race meal will be provided by the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Culinary Department.  This has always received rave reviews from our runners and we can’t wait to see what they come up with for this year.

Awards

Each half marathon finisher will receive a commemorative finisher award.

There will be a cash purse of $1,600 for the half marathon. The prize breakdown is as follows:
Overall (Male & Female): 1st-$400, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100; Masters (Male & Female): 1st-$100
Special awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers for
 Overall finishers and First place Masters (40 & Over) in each race.

Age group awards will go to the first, second and third male and female in the following age groups: 12 & Under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 & Over. No double dipping!

The half marathon ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30 AM.

Timing

The race will utilize chip timing. A timing chip will be on the back of your race bib, which should be worn on your front and visible at all times during the race.

Parking

The primary parking area is at the site of the old Acquoni Events Center. Once that parking lot is full and for those arriving after 7:30 AM, you will be directed to a number of parking areas along Acquoni Road. Note: Acquoni Road will close to traffic at 7:45 AM so if you need to leave before the race ends, plan on parking outside of the race zone.

Directions
From Asheville, NC (approximately 1 hour)
Take I-40 west to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 past Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy 19. Turn left at second traffic light – Acquoni Road. The Acquoni Events Center is approximately .7 miles on the left.

From Knoxville, TN (approximately 2 hours)
Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 beyond Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S. Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy. 19. Turn left at second traffic light – Acquoni Road. The Acquoni Events Center is approximately .7 miles on the left.

From Atlanta, GA (approximately 2.5 hours)
Take I-85 north to I-985 which becomes U.S. 23 north, and eventually becomes U.S. 23/441 north. You will travel through the towns of Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC, and Dillsboro, NC. Just beyond Dillsboro, take U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy. 19. Turn left at second traffic light – Acquoni Road. The Acquoni Events Center is approximately .7 miles on the left.

Refunds/Transfers

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discounts for those canceling during our cancellation periods.

If the event is NOT sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days before the event, if the event is not sold out.

If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date. No discounts codes will be given within 7 days before the event, if the event is sold out.

Partial discount codes are only available for cancellations of completed registrations. A registration is considered incomplete if payment was mailed in and has not yet been received. Discount codes can be used to register for the 2019 event.

To cancel or update your registration, go to www.IMAthlete.com, log in, My Races, select this event and make your changes.

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted through October 15 by completing and submitting this Transfer Form. This is the only way transfers or the selling of bibs between participants will be allowed. Anyone who is discovered to have purchased or accepted another person’s bib without submitting this form will be disqualified and banned from future races.

Results

2016 Half Marathon Overall

2016 Half Marathon Age Group

2015 Half Marathon Overall

2015 Half Marathon Age Group

2013 Half Marathon Overall

2013 Half Marathon Age Group

2012 Half Marathon Overall & Age Group

Volunteers

Would you still like to be part of this great event but don’t want to run? Volunteering is the perfect way to do that. We have spots available at Friday and Saturday registration and at the course aid stations. Please email greg@gloryhoundevents.com if you are interested in volunteering yourself or have a group that wants to staff one of our aid stations.

Questions

Please email general race questions to greg@gloryhoundevents.com