iDaph Events designs, manages, and produces premiere running, cycling, and multi-sport events in Asheville and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina. Signature events include the Asheville Triathlon, LPC Triathlon, Lung Buster Time Trial Series, and the Inaugural Asheville Marathon on Biltmore Estate.
iDaph Events was founded by Daphne Kirkwood.
It all started when Daphne began running in 2004 and spent several years in the local competitive running scene. Early on she enjoyed participating in various running events across the region. Daphne’s excitement for running was felt across the running community and she soon became involved as a board member of the Asheville Track Club, started a running group at the Downtown Asheville YMCA and kicked off & organized the Biltmore Ground Pounder running group for employees at Biltmore Estate. Daphne also became involved in numerous race committees, and was regularly called upon by community running leaders to provide strategic direction for both small and large local events.
Without warning, Daphne began battling multiple running injuries and spent much of her rehab time cross-training in the pool and on the bike. She loved swimming and cycling so much that upon recovery she decided to try a multi-sport event, and then another, and then several more, and soon she was hooked! Multi-sport training also provided more of a balance which allowed her to train and race relatively injury-free.
Daphne is now fully involved in the multi-sport community as the Vice-President of the Asheville Triathlon Club and as an elite triathlete with the Hearn’s Triathlon Racing Team. She continues to excel in multi-sport events and is looking forward to breaking new records and PR’s.
In 2011, Daphne’s total immersion into the world of endurance sports competition and management culminated into iDaph Events, a full-service race management business, long in the making.
As a veteran multi-sport elite athlete and seasoned event management professional, with 20 years of destination-centered hospitality experience, Daphne realizes the important of client-centered event productions, focusing on the details, and making an event an enjoyable and memorable experience. She is passionate, energized and loves designing, directing and promoting unique events that she would also like to participate in!
Drop Daphne an email and let her know what makes an event special for you. She is always looking for new and innovative ways to make your racing experience even more spectacular!