Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon, Presented by The Smoky Mountain News

Gateway To The Smokies Half Marathon
October 24, 2020
8:00 AM

Welcome to the return of the Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in beautiful Waynesville, North Carolina.  We are excited to bring this race back with the original course and start/finish lines.  This race will be run in conjunction with the inaugural Mighty 4 Miler to Benefit the Riley Howell Foundation Fund.

The Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon & Mighty Four Miler has been postponed until Saturday, October 24.

Should you not be able to attend the new date, you can cancel your entry and receive a 100% credit for the 2021 races.  You may transfer your entry to another person up until October 19, 2020.

To cancel, go to, log in, click My Events (from the global nav), Click the Manage Registration link next to this event, Select Cancel Registration, and follow the rest of the steps to cancel.

Please understand this decision did not come lightly and was made based on you and your family’s wellbeing and all those who would have attended this event.  We hope you will join us in October as we continue to celebrate Riley’s life and legacy.

Thank you for your understanding and support of running in Western North Carolina.  Please stay safe.

New Race Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020


Online registration will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM and will close on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 9:00 PM.

Race Cap: 220

Entry Fees

September 3-December 31, 2019 – $50
January 1-February 29, 2020 – $60
March 1 – Race Day – $70

Event Schedule

Friday, October 23

4:00-6:00 PM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration – Wells Event Center, Waynesville (33 Wells Event Center Way)

Saturday, October 24

6:00-7:30 AM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration – Gateway Arch (Main & Depot Streets)

8:00 AM – Half Marathon Start – Gateway Arch (Main & Depot Streets)

8:15 AM – 4 Miler Start – Gateway Arch (Main & Depot Streets)


The course will remain the same from the 2017 route and include parts of Waynesville, Hazelwood and the Plott Creek area of Haywood County.

There are five aid stations on the course serving water and Gatorade.

Click HERE to see the Half Marathon course map

Click HERE to see the Half Marathon elevation chart

Click HERE for the Half Marathon turn-by-turn directions

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, October 23 – 4:00-6:00 pm – Wells Event Center, Waynesville (33 Wells Event Center Way)

Saturday, October 24 – 6:00-7:30 am – Gateway Arch (Main & Depot Streets)


All runners registered by October 12 are guaranteed to receive a race shirt.  Any registrations after this date will be based on availability.




Special prizes will be presented to the top three overall male and female, top Masters (40 & Over) male and female and top Grand Masters (50 & Over) male and female.  Our friends at Foot Rx in Asheville will be providing gift cards for the top 3 overall male and female ($75-1st, $50-2nd, $40-3rd); top male and female Masters ($40) and top male and female Grand Masters ($40).

Age group awards will go to the first, second and third male and female in the following age groups: 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over. No double dipping!

The half marathon ceremony will begin at approximately 11:00 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.


All racers and spectators are encourage to park in the Haywood County Courthouse parking deck on Branner Avenue.

Planning Your Trip

Haywood County has a wealth of exciting adventures available to adults and families.  Please use the guide at to find rooms, attractions and fun things to do in this beautiful part of Western North Carolina.


Glory Hound Events 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 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 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 2021 event.

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

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted through March 30 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.



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 as course marshals and at the finish line.

We’re using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


Please email general race questions to