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, September 14, 2019. This event is famous for its generous swag package, picturesque courses, local culture and amazing post-race meal.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this morning’s event. We are thrilled about our new venue and can’t to do many more Harvest races there going forward. We are grateful to all our volunteers; the men and women of the Cherokee Fire Department, Cherokee EMS, Cherokee DOT and Cherokee Police Department who kept everyone safe; and to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Native American Beverage Company for providing the amazing food and drink. Results are posted below.
Online registration has closed but on-site registration for both races will be accepted at the times listed below. We still have shirts and hoodies in most sizes.
The half marathon is limited to 500 runners
February 15-May 31, 2019 – $55
June 1-August 31 – $60
September 1 – Race Day – $65
Friday, September 13
4:00-6:00 PM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration
Saturday, September 14
5:30-7:30 AM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration
7:30 AM – Half Marathon Start
7:45 AM – 5K Start
All events take place at the Cherokee Fairgrounds (545 Tsali Boulevard).
The 2019 course has been altered slightly because of the new venue. It will still 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 inside the Cherokee Fairgrounds.
There are six aid stations on the course, located approximately every two miles. Each station has a portable toilet. Supplies are as follows:
Station 1 – Water only
Station 2 – Water and Gatorade
Station 3 – Water only
Station 4 – Water, Gatorade, Cookies
Station 5 – Water, Gatorade, Cookies, Pretzels
Station 6 – Water, Gatorade, Pretzels
Click HERE to see the Half Marathon turn-by-turn directions
The course is USA Track and Field certified (USATF Certificate Number NC19007BDS).
Click HERE to see the Half Marathon course map
Click HERE to see the Half Marathon elevation chart
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.
Our new home has a number of amenities the former one did not including, permanent bathrooms, showers (bring your own towel), and the capability to move inside should the weather turn nasty.
Packet Pickup/Late Registration
Friday, September 13 – 4:00-6:00 pm-Packet Pick Up/Late Registration – Cherokee Fairgrounds (545 Tsali Boulevard)
Saturday, September 14 – 5:30-7:15 am-Packet Pick Up/Late Registration – Cherokee Fairgrounds (545 Tsali Boulevard)
You may pick up for another person but you must know their date of birth and sign for their packet.
All runners registered by September 1 are guaranteed to receive a short-sleeve tech running shirt and our famous hoodie. Any registrations after this date will be based on availability.
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 for you to taste this year’s spread. See the menu HERE.
For runners 21 and over, we will have beer from the Native American Beverage Company for you to enjoy after the race. The Glory Hound stub on the bottom of your bib may be redeemed for one free beer.
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: 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over. No double dipping!
The half marathon ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30 AM.
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 behind the Museum of the Cherokee next to the Festival Grounds is prohibited.
Race parking will be in front of the Festival Grounds, in and around the Council House complex to the south and in a large field on Tsali Boulevard next to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Follow the instructions of the parking attendants.
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 – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately .3 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 – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately .3 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 – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately .3 miles on the left.
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 2020 event.
This policy only applies to the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K. Discount codes from the previous year may not be used for any other events owned or managed by Glory Hound Events or its partnerships.
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 September 9 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.
Click HERE to see photographs from the 2019 races.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering yourself or have a group that wants to staff one of our aid stations.
Please email general race questions to email@example.com