Bethel Half Marathon and 5k – October 12, 2013 – Bethel Community – Canton NC

Bethel Half Marathon and 5k Course Map

This race is part of the Asheville Track Club’s Grand Prix series and that’s one of the features that helps draw the crowd. But I think there are two intrinsic aspects of the race that are equally as powerful if not more:

  • First, it’s difficult to beat the outstanding hospitality and legendary home-cooked post race food. It started with their potato soup years ago but now they’ll have a few other soups as well, equally tasty and served up by some of the friendliest volunteers anywhere. Mind you, it’s not just soup, there’s a variety of other home-cooked foods (I remember some yummy pumpkin bread back in 2011.)
  • Second, this is the flattest half marathon in Western North Carolina.  There’s a hill around mile three but after that there’s nothing much to speak of.

It’s a beautiful, scenic course. At time the weather can be perfect – crisp and cool at the start, warming up into the 60s by finish. Online registration is available at IMAthlete. Or, you may download a Bethel 2013 Race Entry Form. For more information, visit the race website.

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