5th Annual Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon and 5K - 2022

Sun October 2, 2022 Hillsborough, NC 27278 US Directions

Half Marathon Registration

$55 7:00AM EDT Registration Opens October 4, 2021 at 10:31am EDT

5K Registration

$25 7:00AM EDT Registration Opens October 4, 2021 at 10:31am EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.hillsboroughhalf.com.

Eno River Farmers Market
144 E. Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC US 27278

Unfortunately, we will not be hosting our event in 2021.

The situation regarding the pandemic in the US, in North Carolina and in Orange County has improved greatly, and many places are re-opening, masks are no longer being required, and a sense of normality is returning. We are very fortunate, as this is not the case in much of the world right now.

The reason we are not hosting the event this year is more lack of time to put on a successful event. A lot of preparation would have been done by now, and as it will be our 5th event, we always planned to make it the best yet, and given the time remaining, it is not possible to do that. 

We are also a non-profit organization, and rely on local companies to sponsor our event, and given the impact the pandemic has had on those local businesses, we are sure that they are still feeling the pinch, and don't feel we can approach them if they are still struggling. 

Stay tuned for an announcement about a new race series in Hillsborough to kick off later this year. We are still hopeful that the Running of the Elves event in December can go ahead this year.

Thank you to all the support we have received for this event and our other races, we will ensure we plan early for 2022 (October 2nd), and make our 5th Anniversary event the best yet.



Hillsborough, North Carolina is no ordinary small, southern town. Its scenic beauty and graceful architecture spanning three centuries, provide an incredible location for a road race. Hillsborough continues to host numerous successful races, including the Little River Trail runs, Got GRIT 5K race, and the Camp Chestnut Ridge Trail races. It has however, been many years since Hillsborough has hosted a longer distance race.

Mack Orthodontics and Hillsborough Running Club are very pleased to present the 5th Annual Historic Hillsborough Half Marathon and 5K road races. Both the half marathon and 5K routes have been designed to showcase many of Hillsborough’s historic sites, and scenic routes.

2022 logo to be announced.

Course Highlights

1. Run past many historic sites in Hillsborough: Old Orange County Courthouse, Burwell School, Margaret Lane Cemetery, Occoneechee Indian Village
2. Half Marathon runners will run one lap of the Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail, the only surviving track from NASCAR's inaugural 1949 season
3. Enjoy running on Churton Street, and on Hillsborough's River Walk, part of the Mountains to Sea trail


  • There will be custom medals for all finishers in both the half marathon and 5K
  • T-shirts (male and female cut) and youth sizes to all participants registering by Noon on September 20th. We cannot guarantee t-shirts to every runner registering after this date. Runners registering during packet pick-up we will receive a t-shirt on a first come, first served basis.
  • Note: for female sizing - you may want to order a size or two larger than you would normally. 

Packet Pick-up

Packet pick-up dates, times and locations are as follows:

  • 4.00-7.00pm, Wednesday, 30th September: Fleet Feet, Carrboro
  • 4.00-7.00pm, Thursday, 1st October: Fleet Feet, Durham
  • 1.00pm to 5.00pm, Saturday 3rd October: Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion, Hillsborough
  • 5.30am to 6.30am, Race day - do not leave it too late. Will close at 6.30am sharp


Awards to the overall top three male and female winners, top three male and female masters (40+), and top three males and females in each of the following age groups.

Half Marathon age groups are as follows: 19 & under; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-80; 80+
5K age groups are as follows: 9 and under; 10-12; 13-15; 16-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-80; 80+

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