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 normally held each year on the second Saturday of October. Due to COVID 19, we have gone virtual for 2020. Registration is open now. You can post your finish times (if you choose--not a necessity) any time between October 1 to October 31, 2020. 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
14 & Under
Every 10 years to 74
Bethel Half-Marathon ad 5k Race General Information
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.
We thank our many sponsors for their past and continued support.
For More Information, Please email:
Bethel Half-Marathon and 5k Races
To see the finish times for the October 12, 2019 Half Marathon click . To see the finish times for the October 12, 2019 5K click
Carolina Farm Credit
Champion Credit Union
Clark & Leatherwood
Cold Mountain Nursery
Computerized Bookkeeping & Tax Service
Dr. Brad Morgan, DDS
Dr. John M. Highsmith, DDS
Fat Buddies BBQ-Waynesville
First Citizens Bank
Franks Single Stop
Haywood County Farm Bureau
Haywood Regional Medical Center
Juke Box Junction
JW Johnson Tomato
Ken Wilson Ford Inc
Pigeon River Grill
Queen Mountain Law
ReMax Executive Juli Rogers
Rogers Express Lube
Silver Bluff Village
The Pressley Group
Underwood, Dills & Assoc, PC
Due to recent devestating flooding in the Bethel-Cruso area, the BRCO Half-Marathon and 5 K Races for 2021 have been cancelled.