Lake Norman Half Marathon Elf Classic

Saturday, December 21, 2024 • Statesville, NC • Course Map

The Lake Norman Half Marathon Elf Classic is a holiday wish fulfilled. Now, runners who enjoy the ever-popular summer Lake Norman Forest Run have a winter race they can tackle, as well! The event celebrates its 3rd running in 2024.

Lake Norman is the largest manmade lake in North Carolina, and the surrounding state park covers approximately 17 miles of its shoreline. Both the half marathon and the 5K will be held on asphalt roads within the park. 

Beginning and ending at the waterfront, this relatively flat-and-fast race tours half marathoners throughout the southern peninsula of Lake Norman State Park. Expect abundant views of wildlife and natural forested beauty on this peaceful early winter race. 

With a 3-hour course limit for the half marathon, participants should expect to maintain an average pace of approximately 13:44 minutes per mile. 

The race supports the Human Health Project, which issues grants to local food shelters. Runners are asked to bring a non-perishable food item on race day to donate.

Take Note

The race takes place at the beach in Lake Norman State Park—plan to meet there for the run, not at the visitors center.

Race Weather & Climate

While December weather in North Carolina is milder than in many other parts of the country, expect a winter chill nonetheless! In Statesville, average temperatures at this time of year range from 51°F to 33°F. 


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Course Map

See the race route map for the Lake Norman Half Marathon Elf Classic here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM for the Half Marathon
  • 8:15 AM for the 5K


  • $55-$85 for the Half Marathon
  • $25-$55 for the 5K


To secure your spot in the 2024 running of the Lake Norman Half Marathon Elf Classic, register here at

Official Race Website


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