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

We thank everyone who raced today at this special and unique event.  We are grateful to the US Forest Service, Mountain Mercantile, Betsy’s General Store, WNC ARES, our volunteers from the Burke County United Way, Catawba Brewing and our hosts at Brown Mountain Beach Resort.  Results are posted below and we hope to see you again next year.


Registration is closed.

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, poly/cotton blend shirt and a finisher medal upon crossing the finish line.

New for 2017:  Because of some changes at the Mountain Crossing Mercantile in Jonas Ridge, we are going to distribute shirts after the race at the post-race party at Brown Mountain Beach.  This will save runners the hassle of dealing with them at the start and is one less thing to place in Bag Drop.

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.

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.

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.

New for 2017:  Because of the reconfigured parking lot at Mountain Crossing Mercantile, there is very limited parking there now.  If you had planned to have 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.

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 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.


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


Please click HERE to see the album of photographs taken by Bobby Aswell, Jr. at the finish line.

Click HERE to see individual photos taken by course marshal (and injured runner) Rebecca Sitton at the corner of Pineola & Edgemont Roads.


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.

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


“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).