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.
Welcome to the return of the Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon, Presented by The Swag, 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.
Race Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020
Online registration will open on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 9:00 AM and will close on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 9:00 PM.
September 3-December 31, 2019 – $50
January 1-February 29, 2020 – $60
March 1 – Race Day – $70
Friday, April 3
4:00-6:00 PM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration – Location TBA
Saturday, April 4
6:00-7:30 AM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration – TBA
8:00 AM – Half Marathon Start – Gateway Arch (Main & Depot Streets)
8:15 AM – 5K 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 six aid stations on the course, located approximately every two miles.
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
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, April 3 – 4:00-6:00 pm – Location TBA
Saturday, April 4 – 6:00-7:30 am – Location TBA
All runners registered by March 23 are guaranteed to receive a race shirt. Any registrations after this date will be based on availability.
All finishers will receive a commemorative finisher medal.
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 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 visitncsmokies.com 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 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 2021 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 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 course aid stations. Please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org