The Scream! Half Marathon

The Scream Half Marathon
July 11, 2020
8:00 AM

The Scream! Half Marathon is one of the most unique half marathons in the country.   Starting in Jonas Ridge, North Carolina, the course drops over 2,400 vertical feet through the lush forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the finish line in the ghost town of Mortimer, North Carolina.  The field is limited to 350 participants by the US Forest Service and sells out quickly each year.

Race Date: Saturday, July 11, 2020 – 8:00 AM


The Scream Half Marathon 2020

Online registration for our 10th anniversary race will open on Friday, November 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM EDT.  This race sells out earlier and earlier every year so we encourage you to enter soon.

Race Cap: 350

Minimum Age

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

Entry Fees

November 1, 2019-March 31, 2020 – $79

April 1 – July 11, 2020 – $89

Entry fees do not include a race shirt.  See below in Swag for shirt options.

Packet Pickup

Saturday, July 11 – 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 or picture of your ID is allowed as is 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, North Carolina. 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 with some having cookies and pretzels.

Drop Bag

Got something you want to leave at the start and pick up at the finish? No problem. A U-Haul van with a large BAG CHECK sign will be positioned near the starting line. Attach the Gear Check stub on the bottom of your bib to your band, hand it to our staff member and we’ll haul it down to the finish.


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

Back for 2020: Our shirt purchase option proved very popular last year.  If you want an official race shirts you may purchase one during online registration for $10.  Shirts will be distributed at the post-race party at Brown Mountain Beach Resort. 

Shirts not claimed on race day will be available for pickup only in Asheville.  The money we save in shipping costs will be donated to the Wilson Creek Cleaning Fund.

Didn’t buy a shirt during registration but decided you want one after all?  Here is how you add one:

  1. Go here:
  2. Click Get it! next to *2020 Scream Race Shirt *
  3. In the box that pops up, select a quantity and check the box that says “Add this to my 2020 The Scream! Half Marathon registration”
  4. Enter your confirmation code found in the email confirmation you received of your registration
  5. Click Search
  6. Select your registration from the drop down menu
  7. Click Add Item
  8. Continue through the check out process, and you’ll be all set!


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.

Beer will be provided to all participants 21 and over from our friends at Catawba Brewing.  One per person and you will need to give us the Glory Hound tab on your race bib.  If you look less than 21 or regularly get carded, please bring your ID.


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.

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. The chips are attached to the back of your race bib so don’t crinkle them.


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.

Continuing for 2020:  Because of the reconfigured parking lot at Mountain Crossing Mercantile, there is very limited parking there now.  If, in the past you  have had someone bring you to the start area and wait for you to start the race, you should rethink your plans.  We now advise you say goodbye to your friends and family at Brown Mountain Beach Resort and see them again at either the finish line (they take a shuttle) or at the post-race party.

Spectators:  If you  must be at the start of the race, you may ride the shuttles to the start line and then back to Brown Mountain and then to the finish line in Mortimer.  If you choose to say goodbye to your runner at Brown Mountain, you can catch the shuttle at the small store above the campground and ride to Mortimer for the finish.  Please do not drive to Jonas Ridge, park and expect to hang out for the start.  Parking is non-existent at the start line and we will only allow cars to drop off their runners.

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 from the picnic shelter just before the finish line.

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 SHUTTLE RIDE FROM BROWN MOUNTAIN BEACH RESORT TO THE START, FOLLOWING NC181, IS APPROXIMATELY 30 MINUTES. PLAN ACCORDINGLY.


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 100% of your race registration fee will be offered until 7 days prior to the race date.

Discount codes can be used to register for the 2020 event and will be valid for 12 months after the event date.

This policy only applies to the Scream Half Marathon.  Discount codes from the previous year may not be used for any other events owned or managed by Glory Hound Events or its partnerships.

Transfers of entries between participants will be accepted through July 6 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.

To cancel your registration, here’s what you do:

  1. Go to:
  2. Enter your Confirmation Code (found on the confirmation receipt)
  3. Select ‘CANCEL: cancel your registrations’


2019 Overall Results
2019 Age Group Results
2018 Overall Results
2018 Age Group Results
2017 Overall Results
2017 Age Group Results
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


Volunteers are being provided by the The Meeting Place Mission in Morganton. Please email Ken Clark at if you would like to help.


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.

Brown Mountain Beach Resort has some camping available.  For more information on this option, please call Ron at BMBR at 828-758-4257.


Please email general race questions to


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