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Fonta Flora 50k

& Half Marathon

Run. Inspire. Conserve.


The Fonta Flora 50k and Half Marathon will be held along the trails and banks of Lake James State Park in North Carolina.  Come and enjoy the gentle rolling trails along the shores of Lake James and experience lake and mountain scenery without mountainous trails.  Each race will start and finish at Fonta Flora Brewery's Whippoorwill Farm in Nebo, NC in the shadow of Shortoff Mountain and the Linville Gorge.   After you finish this beautiful race, be sure to enjoy a pint at the brewery!   

Date & Time

50k: October 28th, 2023

Half: October 29th, 2023

Half Check in Begins: 8:00 AM

Half Check in Ends: 9:45 AM

50k Check in Begins: 7:00 AM

50k Check in Ends: 7:45 AM


50k Start: 8:00 AM, Saturday

Half Start: 10:00 AM, Sunday


Location:  Fonta Flora Brewery

              Whippoorwill Farm

Registration & Entry Fees

Registration opens April 1st at 8am.


Half:  $70 - April 1st-May 31st

          $80 - June 1st-Oct 27th


50k:  $95 - April 1st-May 31st

           $105 - June 1st-Oct 27th


Refunds minus $20 granted up to 60 days before the event.  Aftward, no refunds will be given.

No transfers or deferments at any time.


Top three M & F overalls receive:

  • Hand-made award from local artist

  • Gift Certificate to Mountain Running Company

Top M & F Masters (40+) receive:

  • Gift Certiicates to Mountain Running Company

All finishers receive our beautiful handmade pottery finisher medal made by local artist Hannah Thrower!


Course Information

The Numbers

Half Marathon: 

Elevation Gain: ~ 800 feet

Time Limit: 3.5 hours

Miles of Single Track Trail: ~ 12.5 miles

Miles of Pavement: ~ 0.7 miles


Elevation Gain: ~ 2,200 feet

Time Limit: 9 hours

Miles of Single Track Trail: ~ 27 miles

Miles of Gravel: ~ 1 mile

Miles of Pavement: ~ 4 miles

Course Description

Both races will start in a big field with mountain views into the Linville Gorge to thin out runners and then will hit a nice stretch of steam side singletrack.  You will then hit the rolling mountain bike trails through dense forest, before spending the rest of the day on beautiful singletrack along the banks of Lake James.  You will then run the stream side section of trail back to the Whippoorwill Farm and beer!!!  The 50k will add a bit of gravel and seven miles of butter new trail on the Fonta Flora State Trail with excellent views of the lake and surrounding mountains!

Aid Stations 


Aid 1:   7.2 miles - 12:00 pm cutoff


Aid 1:   7.1 miles -  10:00 am cutoff

Aid 2:   13.8 miles - 12:00 pm cutoff

Aid 3:   21.7 miles - 2:00 pm cutoff

Aid 4:   26.9 miles - 3:30 pm cutoff

Aid stations will have at a minimum: Water, Gatorade (flavor varies by station) and assorted soft drinks. Pre-packaged Foods include: potato chips, pretzels, peanuts, M&Ms, snickers, gummy bears, granola bars, bananas.

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Extra Information

Packet Pick Up

Early Packet pick up will be held at Fonta Flora Whippoorwill Farm (same as start) in Nebo from 5:00-8:00pm, Friday evening before race day.  Come swing buy and enjoy a drink and some camaraderie with fellow runners while your there at this amazing brewery!  


Race Day packet pick up will be held at the Start/Finish (the farm) from 7:00 - 7:45a on Saturday and 8am to 9:45am on Sunday . We'd prefer to have you pick up early.


All runners must check in before race.

Where to Stay

If you prefer the great outdoors to hotels, Lake James State Park has two stellar campgrounds within 5 miles of the start.  One is drive in car camping and the other is walk in, however the walk in sites are a very short walk and are basically car camping.  Plus, they have really nice views of the Lake.  More information can be found here.

If looking for more cozy accommodations?  Well, you can find great information on hotels, AirB&B's, and more here


  • Stay on marked trails

  • Do not cut switch backs

  • No alcohol allowed within park boundaries

  • Be courteous to other trails users

  • No littering

  • Obey any race official's request


Maps and Sponsors

50 Kilometer Map

Half Marathon Map

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