Charity Chase Half Marathon

Sunday, June 4, 2017 • Hickory, NC • Course Map

runsignup-newRunners get the chance to trek through the streets and along the riverfront of one of western North Carolina’s most picturesque cities at Hickory’s annual Charity Chase Half Marathon, which marks its 12th annual running as spring is transitioning to summer here in June 2017, after last year’s race that saw just over 300 runners cross the finish line.

The race got its start in 2006 as an effort by the Hickory Jaycees to raise money for the locally based NC Jaycees Burn Center, and saw just over 200 runners complete the event, raising an estimated $6,000 in donations for the burn center.

Today, the number of runners taking part in the race has more than doubled, as have the donations received, which are distributed to all of the charities and nonprofit organizations that volunteer for the race each year.

Visitors to this part of western North Carolina may already be familiar with its importance to the furniture industry, as the Hickory Furniture Mart has been a mecca for shoppers for decades, and helped build the city, which now is home to more than 40,000 residents.

Runners will get to take in both the downtown streets and residential neighborhoods of the city, and will get to run nearly a mile-long stretch along the Catawba River, which flows by just to the northeast of the city.

The course for the race begins and ends in downtown Hickory at Union Square, with a 6:30 AM starting time — as the race organizers put it, “just as the sun is coming up.” From there, the course takes runners north through the city, past Oakwood Cemetery and later through the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University before coming back into downtown along Main Avenue.

The race finish line lies back where runners started the race at Union Square, and runners will have a course time limit of 4 hours to complete the race’s 13.1 miles.

Union Square in downtown Hickory, North Carolina. (Photo by Wikimedia)

Union Square in downtown Hickory, North Carolina. (Photo by Wikimedia)

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina, about 55 miles northwest of Charlotte and roughly 190 miles east of Knoxville, Tenn., Hickory typically sees mild to moderately warm (and occasionally hot) weather in June, which also is the city’s second-wettest month of the year.

On race day (June 4), the average low is 61°F and the average high is 82°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Charity Chase Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

6:30 AM


  • $35 – $80 for the half marathon


To reserve your spot in the late spring/early summer 2017 running of Hickory’s Charity Chase Half Marathon, register online at here.


Official Race Website

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