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

Over 75


14 & Under


Every 10 years to 74

Over 75

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.

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Bethel Half-Marathon and 5k Races

To see the finish times for the October 12, 2019 Half Marathon click here.    To see the finish times for the October 12, 2019 5K click here.

October 12, 2019 Race Photos

October 12, 2019 Race Sponsors (listed in alphabetical order)

Accurate Auto

Ameripride (Plus)

Canton Insurance

Carolina Farm Credit

Champion Credit Union

Clark & Leatherwood

Cold Mountain Nursery

Computerized Bookkeeping & Tax Service

Custom Paving

Dr. Brad Morgan, DDS

Dr. John M. Highsmith, DDS

Fat Buddies BBQ-Waynesville

First Citizens Bank

Franks Single Stop

Haywood County Farm Bureau

Haywood EMC

Haywood Regional Medical Center

Hazelwood Farmacy

Hometown Hardware

Hometrust Bank

Juke Box Junction

JW Johnson Tomato

Ken Wilson Ford Inc

Michael Reeser

Peak Dentistry

Pigeon River Grill

Queen Mountain Law

ReMax Executive Juli Rogers

Riverview Farms

Rogers Express Lube

Silver Bluff Village

The Pressley Group

Underwood, Dills & Assoc, PC

Waynesville Tire


Due to recent devestating flooding in the Bethel-Cruso area, the BRCO Half-Marathon and 5 K Races for 2021 have been cancelled.