The Half Marathon and 5K Races are run through the lovely Bethel Community south of Canton, NC. The fall colors on the trees, the rolling farmlands, the Pigeon River, and the cool weather make this a particularly inviting race event. The race is held each year on the second Saturday of October. The race is sanctioned by the Asheville Track Club, and race times are submitted for the ATC Grand Prix Series. The Half Marathon is USATF Certified #NC12099PH.

Age Group for Races


14 & Under


Every 5 years to 74

Over 75


14 & Under


Every 10 years to 74

Over 75

Registration and parking will be at the Bethel Middle School on Sonoma Road. Registration will open at 7am. The start for both races is on Sonoma Road in front of the school.  The start for the half marathon is at 8:30a.m. and the 5k begins at 8:35 a.m.   After-race awards ceremonies are held in the school gym. Awards must be picked up at the ceremonies.  Runners who are unable to stay for the awards program must arrange for someone to pick up their award.  

We have great amenities: Award ceremonies, post race refreshments, including several types of warm, delicious, home-made soup, and easy parking.  With course directors at key intersections, we have safe races. BRCO looks forward to welcoming all participants to this year's race.  

The 5K Awards Ceremony will commence upon conclusion of 5K. Half Marathon Awards Ceremony will commence upon conclusion of Half Marathon.

Race is scored by CHIP TIMING. No strollers, please.

Half  Marathon- Click Map to Enlarge

5k- Click Map to Enlarge

  We thank our many sponsors for their past and continued support.

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Bethel Half-Marathon and 5k Races

To see the finish times for the October 13, 2018 Half Marathon click here .

To see the finish times for the October 13, 2018 5K click here.

Save the Date! Our 2019 race is on October 12!

Countdown to 2019 Race

October 13, 2018 Race Photos