The Scream! Half Marathon

The Scream Half Marathon
July 15, 2017
8:00 AM

The Scream! Half Marathon is a unique, downhill half marathon located in the rural mountains of Western North Carolina.  Starting in Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, the course drops over 2,000 vertical feet to the finish line in the ghost town of Mortimer, North Carolina.  The field is limited to 300 participants by the US Forest Service and sells out quickly each year.

2017 ScreamLogo


The Scream is sold out, however, we are accepting names to the waiting list. Last year over 40 people cancelled prior to the race and everyone on the waiting list got in so fear not. You will be required to pay the full entry fee to join the waiting list. This fee is fully refundable should you not get in.

Race Cap: 300

Minimum Age

You must be 18 years or older to participate in The Scream.

Entry Fees

November 7, 2016-April 30, 2017 – $80
May 1 – July 14 – $90

Packet Pickup/Late Registration

Saturday, July 15 – 6:00-7:30 a.m. – Mountain Crossing Mercantile Store in Jonas Ridge

You will pick up your packet after your shuttle ride from Brown Mountain Beach Resort.

Everyone must pick up their own packet and show ID (photocopy allowed or a Facebook profile with your picture) to receive it.  NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS!


The Scream! is a USA Track & Field certified point-to-point course that starts at the Post Office in Jonas Ridge, NC and finishes near the town of Mortimer, in the middle of nowhere. A map of the course with aid station detail is available by following this link.

Course Cutoff Time: All participants must complete the 13.1 mile course in 3 hours or less. The Scream! is a half marathon race; please come prepared to run.

Aid stations will be located at two-mile intervals (approximate) along the course. Each will offer water and energy drink. Energy gels and various snacks will be available at some aid stations.

Drop Bag

Got something you want to leave at the start and pick up at the finish? No problem. A UHaul van with a Bag Drop flag will be positioned at the gas station and near the starting line. Toss your clearly-labeled stuff in the back and we’ll have it waiting for you at the finish.


All runners will receive a short-sleeve, tri-blend shirt at packet pickup and a finisher medal upon crossing the finish line.

2017 Scream Finisher Medal



We will have bottled water and bananas at the finish line in Mortimer. There will be a catered lunch and the awards ceremony back at the Brown Mountain Beach Resort.


The awards ceremony will take place at the Brown Mountain Beach Resort.

Finishers awards for The Scream! will be offered in the following categories:
Top 3 Male and Female Overall
Top 1 Masters Male and Female
Top 3 finishers in the following age groups:
18-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-60; 70-74; 75 & Over.

Everyone who completes The Scream will receive a finisher medal at the finish line.

Please plan on being present for the awards ceremony or make arrangements for someone else to pick up your award. Awards will not be mailed.


The race will utilize chip timing. Chips must be worn on your shoe in order for you to receive a time.


Please let us emphasize that there is no parking available at the finish line area near Mortimer Campground, Mortimer Picnic Area, or the Work Center. The terms of the permit we receive from the U.S. Forest Service to hold the event allows no exceptions. For this reason special arrangements have been made for parking at Brown Mountain Beach Resort and shuttles to take you from the finish back to Brown Mountain Beach Resort after your run.

Shuttles will pick you up at Brown Mountain Beach Resort BEFORE the race and deliver you to the starting line. That is, you park at Brown Mountain Beach Resort, catch the shuttle, run the race, then catch a ride on the post-race shuttles back to Brown Mountain Beach Resort. Don’t forget your keys. The shuttle buses will begin departing Brown Mountain Beach Resort at 5:45am. The last shuttle will leave at 6:45am. Runners will be given priority for all shuttle seats.  If you miss the bus, don’t panic. Just drive to the starting line and worry about getting a ride back up to the top once you finish. Chances are good you’ll have no problem retrieving your car.

Post-race shuttles from the finish line back to Brown Mountain Beach Resort are available to all participants and will run back and forth starting at 9:30am.

To minimize congestion and race day traffic, runners are encouraged to carpool together. We cannot emphasize enough that parking is almost non-existant in Jonas Ridge and there can be absolutely no parking near the finish line in Jonas Ridge. Excess spectator traffic from the start to the finish delayed set-up of the finish in 2013 (while the race was under way!). PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE DRIVE FROM BROWN MOUNTAIN BEACH RESORT TO THE START, FOLLOWING NC181, IS APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES. This assumes you do not get lost in the process. Although it would be hard to get lost, it is a possibility. Your best bet is to travel with other runners and enlist the services of a designated driver to take you and your group to the start, then pick you up at Brown Mountain Beach Resort afterwards.


Glory Hound, Inc. has a NO REFUND policy. However, we do offer partial discount codes for cancellations 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. If the event IS sold out, a discount code for 50% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date.

Discount codes can only be used to register for event in the following year.

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted by 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.


2016 Overall Results
2016 Age Group Results
2015 Overall Results
2015 Age Group Results
2014 Overall Results
2014 Age Group Results
2013 Overall Results
2013 Age Group Results


Registration, course and finish line volunteers are provided by the Burke County United Way.  If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please contact Chasity Poteat at


Please email general race questions to


Lodging will depend on whether you want to be closer to the start or the finish.  For areas near the start line in Jonas Ridge, please visit the Avery County Chamber of Commerce website. For areas nearest the finish line in Mortimer, please visit the Discover Burke County website.


“In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, the The Scream Half Marathon is prohibited from discrimination  on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (in education and training programs and activities), age, disability, or retaliation.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) If you require this information in alternative format   (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).