We are pleased to announce the return of the original Asheville Marathon and the Inaugural Half to Biltmore Estate on March 16th, 2014
LAST YEAR SOLD OUT THREE MONTHS PRIOR TO THE EVENT, AND THIS YEAR WILL SELL OUT FAST TOO, ESPECIALLY WITH THE ADDITION OF THE HALF, SO ACT QUICKLY TO SECURE YOUR SPOT IN THE 26.2 & 13.1 CHALLENGE IN AMERICA’S LARGEST BACKYARD!
In the Asheville Marathon & Half, held on the grounds at Biltmore Estate, runners will explore 26.2 or 13.1 miles through America’s Largest Backyard. Asheville Marathoners will wind through paved roads to see hardwood forest, meadows, gardens, and will see extraordinary views of the Biltmore House and the Estate.
Undeniable beauty comes with a price.
For Full Marathoners only, with the European-style formal gardens left in your wake, you will move into a much different passageway, encompassed by untamed foliage and less civilized terrain. The wild side of Biltmore: Where few eyes have seen… Where few feet have trod… a different kind of Biltmore experience awaits.
While other half and full marathons present you with monotonous scenes of asphalt, steel, and glass, the 26 miles in and around Biltmore provide much more depth and diversification: from the manmade marvels of gardening and architecture that is the Estate itself, to lesser tamed, more challenging stretches that lie on its borders and along the French Broad.
THE ASHEVILLE MARATHON IS A BOSTON QUALIFYING EVENT! USATF SANCTION #13-13-034 AND COURSE CERTIFICATION #NC12011DF
The 2014 Asheville Marathon & Half is limited to only 1,300 runners.
Register immediately to reserve a spot at: imATHLETE.com.
Watch for event updates at www.ashevillemarathon.com.
THE COURSE: where civilized meets primitive!
Asheville Marathoners will experience a couple of tall hills before mile eight and the remaining journey is a mixture of valley and rolling terrain. Beginning on-road near Antler Hill Village area, runners will climb to the Deerpark Restaurant, sail up and along the main road to the Biltmore House, and loop by, within feet from the massive main entrance doors of the House, to enter the Walled Garden. Runners will then edge along the Azalea Garden and lagoon paralleling the French Broad River, transition onto packed dirt carriage trails, and explore west quarter vistas of the Biltmore House normally off-limits to the public. The final stretch of the Asheville Marathon runs directly through working vineyards to finish back on east side.
The Location: Biltmore is America’s largest and most esteemed private residence. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau, perched over 8,000-acres of meticulously-tended gardens, is host to a million visitors a year. To learn more about Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.
START RUNNING RIGHT WITH CHI-TRAINING
ChiRunning is offering training programs geared towards our Asheville Marathon participants! Get professional tips and guidance to help you run the marathon faster, easier, and with less pain! Learn more about the Training Packages or click the button to secure your spot!
RUNNING FOR A CAUSE WITH OUR CHARITY PARTNERS!
Those participating in the 2014 Asheville Marathon & Half are not only competing for awards, scratching off bucket list items, or having the best day of their lives, but are also supporting the Inheritance of Hope (IOH) and Mahec. Runners have the opportunity to sign up to fundraise and earn much needed funds for a great cause! Learn more about how to run to support either Inheritance of Hope or Mahec on the charity partners page on the official Asheville Marathon website.
Join Team Inheritance of Hope and claim one of their limited number of spots in the 2014 Asheville Marathon. Register at InheritanceOfHope.org to give purpose to your run by raising funds for young families in need. It helps out immensely when people do this type of fundraising, with the perk of being part of a great group.
Join or support Team MAHEC! As a runner or a sponsor, you support quality and compassionate healthcare for mothers and babies in WNC. Register at ImAthlete.com to help MAHEC’s Women’s Health Teams of highly qualified and extremely dedicated clinicians continue to serve WNC’s women, regardless of ability to pay, by running 26.2 at Biltmore Estate!
The 2014 Presenting Sponsor of the Asheville Marathon is Hunter Subaru from Hendersonville, NC. We are thrilled to have Hunter Subaru as our race partner. If you are interested in being part of this epic, historic event and would like information on sponsoring the Asheville Marathon, contact email@example.com.
There are opportunities for volunteering at this event if you want to come and check it out or are racing this weekend and want to take it easy on Thursday. You can go to VolunteerSpot.com to sign up. Of course the volunteers will be taken care of with food and drinks.