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Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon

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May 5, 2018

Waynesville, NC sits just south of the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hence the town’s name of “Gateway to the Smokies.” Come run the in the heart of Spring season surrounded by outstanding scenery of lush green mountains as far as the eye can see. You’ll see why these races are the most popular running events west of Asheville, NC.

This challenging and family friendly event winds runners through Waynesville and its neighborhoods before heading out along Plott Creek and then finishing back downtown.   The starting line for both races begins in downtown Waynesville lined with quaint shops, breweries and restaurants. Downtown Waynesville is 2,752 feet above sea level and is located in a valley surrounded by 6,000-foot mountain peaks. Racers will finish only a few blocks away where cold beverages, micro beer, food, awards and music await to celebrate with you.

Runners and nature lovers alike should arrive a day early to relax and explore breweries, wine cellars, restaurants, shopping and music of all kinds.

Starting Time

7:30 AM


Half Marathon – $60
4 Miler – $35

Course Info

Click HERE to download course info
Click HERE for course map
Click HERE for the turn-by-turn

Race Weather and Climate

The average low temperature is 47 degrees and average high is 73 degrees, with a rainfall amount average of 4.33 during the month of May.


Race #10 of the Asheville Track Club Grand Prix Competition
USATF Certified Course #NC15040DF


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Waynesville, NC 28786


(828) 456-3021

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