The Hiddenite Festival Road Race is being held in conjunction with the Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts. The Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts is a wonderful event with crafts, food, and entertainment held annually in September in Alexander County. The festival draws approximately 10,000 people each year.
- The registration fee is $20.00 for the half-marathon if postmarked by September 12, 2016 or $25.00 thereafter including race day.
- The registration fee is $15.00 for both the 10K and 5K if postmarked by September 12, 2016 or $20.00 thereafter including race day.
- Any Alexander County citizen, any Alexander County or Town employee or any employee of the Alexander County School system pay no registration fee. All runners must register.
- Registration cost does not include the cost of a race shirt.
- Please add $10.00 to registration cost if you would like a race shirt.
- Make checks payable to Alexander County. No refunds.
- Mail check and completed entry form to: Hiddenite Festival Road Race 621 Liledoun Road Taylorsville, NC 28681
The half-marathon course starts at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at 31 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Taylorsville. The 10K course starts at 4777 Allen Road, Hiddenite at the end of Rocky Springs Road and follows the same route as the half-marathon to the finish line at the Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion. The 5K course starts at 765 York Institute Road, Hiddenite and follows the same route as the half-marathon and 10K. All courses are on paved, hilly, rural state roads passing by many farms, churches, uninhabited woodlands, and Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area. Six aid stations will be provided for the half-marathon, 3 aid stations will be provided for the 10K, and 2 aid stations will be provided for the 5K. Both the 10K and half-marathon courses are USA Track and Field certified; however, the 5K course is not certified. The 10K course certification code is NC-09074-PH and the half-marathon code is NC-09073-PH. All races start at 8:30 AM.
Race numbers may be picked up at the Alexander County Administration Office (621 Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, NC 28681) on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Late registrations will also be accepted at that time. Race number pick-up and race day registration will be at Hiddenite Elementary School (374 Sulphur Springs Road, Hiddenite, NC 28636) from 7:00 AM until 8:00 AM on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Awards, Shirts, & Medals
Special awards go to the top 3 overall males and females in all 3 races. Masters awards will be presented to the first male and female over 40 finishers in each race.
There will be no duplication of awards. No awards will be mailed.
All finishers will receive a custom finisher medal. Awards will be presented as you finish. Please note, due to limited budgets, there will be no age group awards.
Race shirts are not included in the registration fee. Please add $10.00 to your registration fee if you want a shirt. Race shirts will also be available for purchase on race day for $10.00.
Alexander County Points Challenge
The Hiddenite Festival Road Race is included in the Alexander County Points Challenge Race 2016.
The half-marathon starts at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, the 10K starts on Allen Road approximately .2 of a mile from the intersection of Rocky Springs Road, and the 5K starts on York Institute Road. All races start at 8:30 AM and end at the Hiddenite Center’s Lucas Mansion.
Race Van Service
Race vans will be available at the Hiddenite Elementary School for RUNNERS ONLY. Vans will take runners to the starting line for all races. Vans will start running at 7:30 AM. No vans are available after 8:00 AM. There will be no post-race van service. Runners are encouraged to take the free race vans before the race and avoid having to return for a car after the event.
Directions For Parking – Hiddenite Elementary School
From U.S. 64 East (from Taylorsville) turn left onto Old Mountain Road or from U.S. 64 West (from Statesville) turn right onto Old Mountain Road. Travel to stop sign and turn right onto Highway 90. Take an immediate left onto Sulphur Springs Road, just past the Trio Store. Travel a little over a quarter-mile (1,800 feet) to Hiddenite Elementary School on the right.
Directions To Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
From U.S. 64 East (from Taylorsville) turn left onto Liledoun Road or from U.S. 64 West (from Statesville) turn right onto Liledoun Road. Travel through 2 stop lights. Liledoun Road will turn into N.C. Highway 16 North. Travel approximately 4.5 miles on N.C. Highway 16 North and turn right onto Vashti Road. Travel approximately 2 miles on Vashti Road and turn right onto Black Oak Ridge Road. Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will be on the left about a mile down Black Oak Ridge Road.
Directions To Allen Road
From U.S. 64 East (from Taylorsville) turn left onto Millersville Road or from U.S. 64 West (from Statesville) take a right onto Millersville Road and travel to the stop sign. Take a left onto Highway 90 and then a right onto White Plains Road. Travel to the stop sign and take a right onto Rocky Springs Road. Travel 2.6 miles and Allen Road will be to your left.
Directions To Lucas Mansion
(Race finish only – no parking) The Lucas Mansion is within walking distance from Hiddenite Elementary School. Simply cross the street and walk to the rear of the Lucas Mansion property. If being dropped off at the Lucas Mansion by car, travel from U.S. 64 to Old Mountain Road (see above directions). At the stop sign, travel straight across Highway 90 onto Hiddenite Church Road. Travel a little over a quarter of a mile (1,800 feet) to the Lucas Mansion on the right. Please note that Hiddenite Church Road will be blocked off around 7:15 AM to allow vendors to set up.
For Additional Information, Please Contact:
Rick French, Race Director (828) 632-9332
The Hiddenite Center, Inc.
316 Church Street / P.O. Box 311 Hiddenite, NC 28636
(828) 632-6966 firstname.lastname@example.org