North Carolina > Bethel Half Marathon & 5K
Canton, NC • Saturday, October 13, 2012 • Course Map
Run along the peaceful, tree-lined backcountry roads of the area made famous by Charles Frazier's best-selling novel Cold Mountain, the Asheville Track Club-sanctioned Bethel Half Marathon & 5K takes runners along an out-and-back course filled with the changing autumn leaves, the rolling Appalachian mountains in the distance and the Pigeon River that flows near town.
From the starting line at Bethel Middle School on Sonoma Road, the course for the half takes runners from the school down highway 110, then to Love Joy Road, and then begins a moderately inclining uphill until a turn back onto Lake Logan Road. After this turn, the remainder of the course is mostly flat, as the race course lies in the flood plain of North Carolina's Pigeon River. As for the 5K, the finish line is on the Middle School's running track.
On the half marathon course, runners should look for water stations at four stops and organizers caution all participants to be aware of traffic on the roadways along the course. More than 290 runners crossed the finish line in both races combined at the event's 2011 running, with nearly 200 of those runners finishing the half marathon alone.
Race Weather & Climate
The Bethel rural community is located in the western part of the state, just a few miles south of Canton, which typically experiences mild to moderately cool weather conditions in the mid-fall season, with relatively even precipitation throughout the year.
In October, the town's average monthly temperatures range between 66°F and 41°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.5 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 13), the average high is 67°F and the average low is 41°F.
View the race route map for the Bethel Half Marathon
To reserve your spot in the fall 2012 running of Canton's Bethel Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at imATHLETE.com.
Official Race Website
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