Welcome to the inaugural Geyser Growl Half Marathon, Presented by Hillman Beer. This fun and scenic race will take runners from the bucolic Town of Black Mountain to the revitalized Town of Old Fort, passing the iconic Andrews Geyser along the way. We will finish at Hillman Brewing with great food and beer. Please join us.
Online registration will open on Wednesday, April 7 at 9:00 AM EST and will close on Wednesday, October 20.
Early (April 7-May 31) – $60
Regular (June 1-August 31) – $70
Late (September 1 – October 20) – $80
Add $15 for a one-way shuttle ticket
Friday, October 22
3:00-6:00 PM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration – Location TBA
Saturday, September 18
5:30-7:00 AM – Packet Pickup/Late Registration – Location TBA
7:30 AM – Half Marathon Start – Black Mountain Town Square
The first 2 miles of the course takes runners around Black Mountain before heading up Old US 70 to the crest at the Ridgecrest Conference Center. From there it is downhill on a combination of dirt and paved road, pass the famous geyser, before heading into Old Fort where the race will finish at Hillman Beer’s new location.
There are six aid stations on the course, located approximately every two miles. Supplies are as follows:
Station 1 – Water only
Station 2 – Water and Gatorade
Station 3 – Water only
Station 4 – Water, Gatorade, Cookies
Station 5 – Water, Gatorade, Cookies, Pretzels
Station 6 – Water, Gatorade, Pretzels]
Click HERE to see the course map, elevation chart and turn-by-turn directions
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 October 11 are guaranteed to receive the official race shirt. After October 11, shirts will be provided as available.
Please see below in Parking for information on shuttle buses to Black Mountain and from Old Fort.
All runners 21 & Over may receive a beer courtesy of Hillman Beer. We plan to have hot food and snacks as well as sponsors to visit near the finish line.
Each finisher will receive a commemorative finisher medal.
Special awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers for
Overall finishers and the top three male and female Masters (40 & Over).
Age group awards will go to the first, second and third male and female in the following age groups: 15 & Under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 & Over. No double dipping!
The award ceremony will begin at approximately 10:30 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.
Given the distance of the race, we prefer dogs not accompany you on your run.
Runners have two options for parking for this race: (1) Park in Black Mountain in one of our designated spots and get a ride back after the race or (2) Park in Old Fort near the finish area and get a ride to the start line.
To assist you with these rides we will be offering shuttle rides to the start and from the finish line for $15 each way. You may purchase a shuttle ticket during registration, which will be included with your packet at Packet Pickup.
Black Mountain Designated Parking Areas
Old Fort Parking Area
Runner parking is at an abandoned mill at the corner of South Railroad Street and Spring Street, 2 blocks east and 1 blocks north of the finish line at Hillman Beer.
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 2022 event.
This policy only applies to the Geyser Growl 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.
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 October 18 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.