Hiddenite Festival Road Race Half Marathon & 10K

Saturday, September 24, 2016 • Hiddenite, NC • Course Map

Held in combination with the Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts, the Hiddenite Half Marathon made its debut in 2007 as part of this annual crafts, food and entertainment fair that draws more than 10,000 visitors every September to this hamlet nestled in North Carolina’s Brushy Mountains.

Limited to 250 runners, the half-marathon takes runners on a paved, hilly, rural point-to-point course along country backroads, past a number of churches and forests, and within view of scenic Rocky Face Mountain, and now features a 10K race in addition to the 13.1-mile race route.

The race starts at 8:30 AM at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in nearby Taylorsville, and the finish line is at the Lucas Mansion at the Hiddenite Center. Packet pickup and race day registration are at the Hiddenite Elementary School.

Other than the fall festival, the town of Hiddenite is perhaps best known for its world-famous Emerald Hollow Mine, the nation’s only emerald mine open for prospecting to the public. The mine is home to more than 60 different varieties of naturally occurring gems, and has been the subject of profiles on both the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel.

Race Weather & Climate

September weather conditions in this small North Carolina town, which lies about 60 miles east of Winston-Salem, tend to be mild to cool, with temperatures that range between 58°F and 81°F. Rainfall is always a possibility, as precipitation averages slightly over 4 inches for the month.

On race day (Sept. 24), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 79ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Hiddenite Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:30 AM


  • $20, if registered before September 12, 2016
  • $25, if registered after September 12 (including race day)


To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of the Hiddenite Half Marathon & 10K, register online at the race website here.

Official Race Website



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