New Event Date: September 18, 2021
The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has made the decision to cancel or postpone all events scheduled on the Qualla Boundary for the remainder of 2020. This includes the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K, scheduled for September 12, 2020.
We regret we have to make this decision but with COVID-19 cases rising on the Boundary, and the uncertainty of what the rest of 2020 will bring, we have determined this is best decision to ensure the safety of our community. We look forward to seeing you in 2021 and thank you for your support of this event.
All registered participants will be deferred into the 2021 event on September 18, 2021.
Registration for the 2021 races will be announced in the near future.
All events take place at the Cherokee Fairgrounds (545 Tsali Boulevard).
The course takes runners through much of Cherokee, including a loop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park where elk are known to be sighted. The race will start and finish inside the Cherokee Fairgrounds.
There are six aid stations on the course, located approximately every two miles. Each station has a portable toilet.
The course is USA Track and Field certified (USATF Certificate Number NC19007BDS).
Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon Course Map
Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon Elevation Chart
All half marathon runners have 3:30 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.
All runners registered by September 1 are guaranteed to receive a long-sleeve tech running shirt, a beanie and pair of gloves.
Note: The tech shirts are in unisex sizing and run a half-size large so plan accordingly when choosing your size.
Click HERE to see photographs from the 2019 races.
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.
Parking behind the Museum of the Cherokee next to the Festival Grounds is prohibited.
Race parking will be in front of the Festival Grounds, in and around the Council House complex to the south and in a large field on Tsali Boulevard next to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Follow the instructions of the parking attendants.
SEE PARKING MAP
From Asheville, NC (approximately 1:15 hour)
Take I-40 west to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 past Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy 19. Turn left at second traffic light – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately .3 miles on the left.
From Knoxville, TN (approximately 2 hours)
Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 beyond Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S. Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy. 19. Turn left at second traffic light – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately .3 miles on the left.
From Atlanta, GA (approximately 2.5 hours)
Take I-85 north to I-985 which becomes U.S. 23 north, and eventually becomes U.S. 23/441 north. You will travel through the towns of Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC, and Dillsboro, NC. Just beyond Dillsboro, take U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy. 19. Turn left at second traffic light – Tsali Boulevard. The Cherokee Fairgrounds are approximately .3 miles on the left.
For those registered for the 2020 event: All registered participants will be deferred into the 2021 event on September 18, 2021. You are automatically entered into the race and there is no need to take further action.
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 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.
This policy only applies to the Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K. Discount codes from the previous year may not be used for any other events owned or managed by Glory Hound Events or its partnerships.
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 September 7 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 at Friday and Saturday registration 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.