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When: Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:30 a.m.

Where: Acquoni Events Center - 1501 Aquoni Road - Cherokee, North Carolina


Click here for a Google map to Aquoni Events Center 


Online registration for the 2014 Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K is now closed.  You may still register in person during the two Packet Pick Up sessions listed below. 

Pre-registration will only be accepted online using imAthlete.com.  Those new to this site will love the features this registration portal provides including an up-to-the minute list of registered athletes.  For your convenience, we have prepared a tutorial to guide you through the registration process.

Entry Fees

Half Marathon: $40 until August 30, $45 from September 1 to race day

5K: $20 until August 30, $25 from September 1 to race day


There will be no refund of entry fees. You may receive a credit of 50% of your entry fee towards the 2015 race by going to the race site at www.IMAthlete.com and requesting a credit before October 7. Substitutions will be allowed with written permission (e-mail acceptable) of the person no longer running up until Friday, October 10, 2014.

Time Limit

There is a time limit of 3 hours 30 minutes to complete the half marathon.

Race Schedule

Friday, October 17 

4:00-6:00 pm             Packet Pick Up/Late Registration - Aquoni Events Center 

Saturday, October 18 

7:00-8:30 am              Packet Pick Up/Late Registration - Aquoni Events Center

8:15 am                      Assemble for Start of Half Marathon 

8:30 am                      Half Marathon Start 

8:45 am                     Assemble for Start of 5K

9:00 am                      5K Start

10:00 am                    5K Awards Ceremony 

11:00 a.m.                  Half Marathon Awards Ceremony 


2014 Half Marathon Overall

2014 Half Marathon Age Group

2014 5K Overall

2014 5K Age Group

2013 Half Marathon Overall

2013 Half Marathon Age Group

2013 5K Overall 

2013 5K Age Group

2012 Half Marathon Overall & Age Group

2012 5K  Overall & Age Group

Per USA Track & Field rules, awards were based on gun time.

Race Shirts & Swag

The first 800 registrants will receive the event swag package.  This will include the long-sleeve, half zip tech shirt, fleece beanie and custom race bag pictured below plus a professtional photo of you on the race course and at the finish line.



Each 5K and half marathon race finisher will receive a commemorative finisher medal.

There will be a cash purse of $1,600 for the half marathon.  The prize breakdown is as follows:

Overall (Male & Female): 1st-$400, 2nd-$200, 3rd-$100; Masters (Male & Female): 1st-$100

Special awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers for
 Overall finishers and First place Masters (40 & Over) in each race. 

Age group awards will go to the first, second and third male and female in the following age groups: 12 & Under, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34,35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 and 85 & Over. No double dipping! 

The 5K awards ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM.  The half marathon ceremony will begin 11:30 AM.


For everyones safety no pets, no strollers, no baby joggers, no bikes, no in-line skates, no roller skates and no wheeled vehicles will be allowed on-course.

For the safety of all, in accordance with RRCA Guidelines (Road Runners Clubs of America), the use of headphones is discouraged.


The half marathon and 5K courses are USATF certified.  Both courses have been modified slightly for 2014.  The half marathon will include a new loop in the first third of the race, which has eliminated the casino section in the final third of the race.  Both races will finish with a lap around the track.

Both races will start in the parking lot at the Acquoni Expo Center and finish on the stadium track. The course will give runners a flavor of Cherokee through most of its communities.  Except for one hill at mile 6, the half marathon course is mostly flat on paved roads.

Click HERE to see the Half Marathon course map.

Click HERE to see the 5K course map.

There are six aid stations on the half marathon course, located approximately every two miles.  The offerings at each stations are as follows:

Mile 2: Water

Mile 4: Water

Mile 6: Water, Gatorade (lemon-lime)

Mile 8: Water, Gatorade, Gu (tri berry & strawberry/banana)

Mile 10: Water, Gatorade, Gu, Pretzels, Flat Pepsi

Mile 12: Water, Gatorade, Pretzels, Flat Pepsi

There is one aid station on the 5K course serving water.

Click HERE to download the USATF certification certificate and map of the Half Marathon course.

Click HERE to download USATF certification certificate and map of the 5K course.

Following the race, all runners are invited inside the track infield for post race food and drink, door prize drawings and the awards ceremony.

Post Race Meal

The post race meal will be provided through collaboration between the Cherokee Choices program and Harrah's Culinary Department.  Last year’s meal drew rave reviews from all participants and we look forward to another inspiring and tasty creation.  As soon as the menu is determined, we will post it here.

The Native Cherokee Youth Gardeners is a youth development program that empowers teens through gardening and activities that encourage healthy choices and food values.  The youth are paid a stipend to cultivate vegetables, herbs and flowers they sell, donate, cook and eat throughout the 8-week summer program.  Click on the picture on the right column to see the video about this program.


Race proceeds will benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children's Cancer Foundation serving children 17 and under with cancer in Jackson, Graham, Swain, and Haywood Counties. 

Principal Chief Michell Hicks and members of the race organizing committee present a check for $22,458.39 to representatives of the Madison Hornbuckle Children's Cancer Fund from the 2013 Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon and 5K.


Would you still like to be part of this great event but don't want to run?  Volunteering is the perfect way to do that.  We have spots available at Friday and Saturday registration and at the course aid stations.  Please email greg@gloryhoundevents.com if you are interested in volunteering yourself or have a group that wants to staff one of our aid stations.


From Asheville, NC (approximately 1 hour)
Take I-40 west to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 past Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee. Turn right on US Hwy 19.  Turn left at second traffic light - Acquoni Road.  The Acquoni Events Center is approximately .7 miles on the left.

From Knoxville, TN (approximately 2 hours)
Take I-40 east into North Carolina to exit 27 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway). Continue west on U.S. 74 beyond Waynesville, Sylva, and Dillsboro to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S. Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee.  Turn right on US Hwy. 19.  Turn left at second traffic light - Acquoni Road.  The Acquoni Events Center is approximately .7 miles on the left.

From Atlanta, GA (approximately 2.5 hours)
Take I-85 north to I-985 which becomes U.S. 23 north, and eventually becomes U.S. 23/441 north. You will travel through the towns of Clayton, GA, Franklin, NC, and Dillsboro, NC. Just beyond Dillsboro, take U.S. 74 (Great Smoky Mountains Expressway) west to exit 74, Cherokee. U.S.Hwy 441 will take you into Cherokee.  Turn right on US Hwy. 19.  Turn left at second traffic light - Acquoni Road.  The Acquoni Events Center is approximately .7 miles on the left.

Race Photographs 

Follow these directions to download your image from the 2014 races HERE

1) Go to the gallery for the race you ran

2) search and find you image

3) Right click on the small thumbnail of the image

4) Save image to your computer


Please e-mail greg@gloryhoundevents.com for all race related questions.