Sunday, February 19, 2023

One Mile Fun Run Start - 1:45pm

5k & 10k Race Start - 2:30pm

Lelia Patterson Center, Fletcher, NC


We can’t wait to see you on Sunday afternoon for the 31st Annual Frostbite Races presented by Hunter Subaru at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher, NC!



Audio Version: 2023 Frostbite Race Event Guide Podcast is HERE 

Here’s what you need to know for Packet Pick-up and Race Day:

Please take a moment to read through our pre-event guide blog. It has important information regarding the event. 



Race Start: Sunday, February 19, 2023

All the races start and finish beside the Lelia Patterson Center.  The address is 1111 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732. 

  • 1:35pm warm-ups at the start line led by Asheville Personal Training
  • 1:45pm // One Mile Fun Run (mass start race)
  • 2:20pm warm-ups at the start line led by Asheville Personal Training
  • 2:30pm // 5k + 10k  (mass start race)

If you need to switch your race distance from the 10k to the 5k or vice versa please email support@idaph.net. If you switch during the race, you will be disqualified and it could affect the overall and age group awards and standings. We urge you to please change your race distance BEFORE you start the races.

Note: The races are a mass start style race. If you are late for your start time for the one mile, 5k and 10k races you will not be permitted to start the event. 


Packet Pick-up

  • Friday, February 17th at the Lelia Patterson Center: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 19th (race day) at the Lelia Patterson Center: 12:30 - 2:15 PM

VERY IMPORTANT: Have your race number pinned on the FRONT of your shirt/outer layer! We must be able to see your race number at all times. If your race number is underneath a jacket, your time may not register on our timing system. 

If you have any questions please email support@idaph.net.


The closest parking option for race day is the Fletcher Seventh-day Adventist Church at 1141 Howard Gap Road. It is next door to the Lelia Patterson Center. The Lelia Patterson Center parking is reserved for their fitness center members on race day. Overflow parking is available across the street from the AdventHealth Hospital on Naples Drive. DIRECTIONS TO LELIA PATTERSON CENTER

Family Fun Day & Wellness Expo

The Family Fun Day and Wellness Expo at the Lelia Patterson Center returns this year! It will be held indoors in the gym on race day, from 12:30pm - 4:30pm. Enjoy local vendors, live music, family games and activities, and yummy food and drinks.

Restrooms are available inside the Lelia Patterson Center and outdoors at the rear of the Lelia Patterson Center (close to the back parking lot/track).  


Vendors at the expo: 

and more! 

Don’t forget to stop by the Merchandise area and shop for all your favorites, including the new Run Local hoodies, long sleeve and short sleeve RUN AVL shirts and other Free to Run shirts, NEW custom embroidered BOCO Gear RUN AVL hats and beanies, BOCO Gear iDaph Events hats, water bottles, magnets and decals, and much more!

Course Info

Complete course preview on YOUTUBE is HERE. 

It is up to you to know the course and follow the course markings and signs along the route. We will have colored markings on the roads and have tall directional signs and yard signs with arrows on the courses. FOLLOW THE ROUTE ARROW STICKERS ON THE GROUND!

5k: We will have pink route arrows on the roads and pink spray paint.

10k: We have yellow route arrows on the roads and yellow spray paint. 


Howard Gap & Hutch Mountain Roads: At the course split (at .5 miles) the YELLOW arrow on the ground will lead 10k runners straight up Howard Gap Road. The Pink arrows on the ground will lead the 5k runners to the RIGHT on Hutch Mountain Road. 

10K Course Details

Start at the Lelia Patterson Center, 10k runners take RIGHT onto Howard Gap Rd. Runners will continue on Howard Gap past Hutch Mountain Rd and past Patty’s Chapel Rd and go all the way to Jackson Rd. They will turn right on Jackson Rd and run to Patty’s Chapel Rd. They will then turn right onto Patty’s Chapel Rd and run to Howard Gap Rd. They will turn left at Howard Gap Rd back toward Hutch Mountain Rd. They will turn left onto Hutch Mountain Rd and make a U-turn on Hutch Mountain Rd and run to the finish line at the LPC. (10k runners watch for U turn signs on Hutch Mountain Road.)


5K Course Details

Runners will start at the Lelia Patterson Center, several minutes behind the 10k runners. 5k runners will turn right onto Howard Gap road and then a RIGHT at Hutch Mountain Rd, continue on Hutch Mountain Rd to approximately Pitman Rd, where they will make a U-turn and proceed to the finish line at the LPC.


 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Course Details

Begins at the Start line beside LPC, loops around by Fletcher Academy, follows path to track, run lap around track and around ball field (2x) and then return to path to Lelia Patterson Center and the Finish Line.



Elevation for 10K


Frostbite 10K Elevation graph

Elevation for 5K


Frostbite 5K Elevation graph

Elevation for 1 Mile


Frostbite 1 Mile Elevation graph

Water Stations

We are excited to have two water stations on the course. Green Moose Fuel will be leading the water station on Hutch Mountain Road that will be utilized by both the 5k and 10k runners (2x). There will be water at this station plus ‘moose fuel.’ The other water station is on the 10k course at approximately mile 2 1/2 and will be led by Fleet Feet Asheville! 

Best Dressed Penguin Contest!

Join the flock with Flurry the Penguin for the first ever Best Dressed Penguin Contest! Come dressed as your favorite penguin and waddle alongside Flurry as he makes his way through Fletcher in the Frostbite Races. Winners will receive a custom Frostbite mug!

Categories include:

Best Dressed Penguin (Adult)

  • Overall (male)
  • Runner up (male)
  • Overall (female)
  • Runner up (female)

Best Dressed Youth Penguin

  • Overall Chick (female)
  • Overall Nestling (male)

Best Dressed Colony (family/friends group)


Charity Partners


We are raising funds for the ABYSA scholarships for youth in our community. ABYSA scholarships give the gift of soccer to kids that wouldn’t be able to enjoy the game. You can make donations during registration or from our fundraising page.


We are also proudly supporting Fletcher Academy Farm!

Students are gardening to draw them closer to their Creator. They are growing vegetables, nuts, and fruit for food that they may enjoy daily with a portion set aside to help those in need. They are practicing and teaching simple sustainable organic agricultural methods using minimal resources that place nutritious food on the table for life. You can donate through your registration or from their fundraising page. 

Fletcher Academy Farm will use donations to purchase seeds, hand tools and chickens.




Your custom Frostbite finisher medal AND a free cupcake from Smallcakes will be waiting on you at the finish line!


Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place outside near the start/finish area at approximately 3:30 PM for the 5k and 4:00 PM for the 10k.

Prizes and Awards can also be picked up the week after the event at Fleet Feet Asheville, beginning Tuesday, after 3pm, or shipped for $10.


We have some super cool awards for this event!

Beautiful, locally-made, custom pottery mugs will go to overall top finishers, masters top finishers, and the first place finisher in each age group. Fleet Feet Asheville will also provide Gift Certificates to the top 3 overall winners and top masters winners. 2nd and 3rd place for each age group will receive a custom Frostbite pint glass.

Chick-fil-A will also be providing coupons for winners!

5k award categories
Overall (Top 3 in each gender)
Masters (Top 1 in each gender)
Age Groups (Overall top 3 in each gender)

  • 12 and under
  • 13-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80+

10k award categories
Overall (Top 3 in each gender)
Masters (Top 1 in each gender)
Age Groups (Overall top 3 in each gender)

  • 19 and under
  • 20-24
  • 25-29
  • 30-34
  • 35-39
  • 40-44
  • 45-49
  • 50-54
  • 55-59
  • 60-64
  • 65-69
  • 70-74
  • 75-79
  • 80+

Age group awards are sponsored in part by Wayne Boynton.

These awesome mugs will got to overall top finishers, masters top finishers, and the first place finisher in each age group. 2nd and 3rd place for each age group will receive a custom Frostbite pint glass. 


Frostbite Mugs

Dive in’, run your fastest 10k and beat the penguin to win!

There will be cash prizes for the overall top three male and female winners of the 10k!

1st place - $100

2nd place - $75

3rd place - $50

Must be present at the awards ceremony to accept your cash prize!



We hope everyone has a fun and festive run!