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2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

 

idaph events 10 year anniversaryA note from Daphne…

The New Year is here and it comes with a lot of hope and anticipation. The year 2020 has been difficult for every single one of us and being able to start a new year with fresh goals and a new mindset is refreshing and invigorating. There is no denying the pandemic is still here and we still need to follow the state and CDC guidelines that are set forth for events and gatherings. We are glad that we have been able to implement new race formats over the past seven months that have allowed us to determine the best way to keep all our participants and community members safe when attending and participating in our events. 

We are thrilled to have some brand new events on the horizon for 2021 too! The Jump Off Rock Half Marathon is a new edition and will be one of the fastest downhill, point-to-point races in North Carolina and the Southeast. We also have a few other races and events in the works that include bikes and cycling. As we get permits approved and more information to share we will announce those as well. 

For now, here is a quick summary of our event schedule for the year ahead. We look forward to helping keep our community healthy, both mentally and physically through this next year with these event offerings. 

We hope to see you at these upcoming events! Thank you for choosing our events when you are planning out your year! We are excited to be celebrating 10 years (this year!!) of serving our community by designing and producing events for you!! 

With gratitude, 

Daphne

 

 

Frostbite Races

Sunday, February 21, 2021
One Mile, 5k, 10k & NEW Challenge
 
Join us for the 29th Annual Frostbite presented by Hunter Subaru, the oldest and largest footrace in Henderson County! This in-person running event (with a virtual option) offers a 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run plus a new Challenge (a 15k!)  so there’s something for the entire family. The Frostbite races begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. Both the 10k and 5k courses provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly to challenging terrain, with some steep inclines. The flat and fast, 1-mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages.
NEW FOR 2021: All participants get a finisher medal! 
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Asheville Marathon & Half

Saturday, March 20, 2021
 
Updated info: The Asheville Marathon and Half has not received final permit approvals for the event to take place at Biltmore Estate in 2021. We are currently working with the City of Asheville to find an alternate location. We expect to have more information by early next week for our endurance running community. Registration has not opened yet, and we will only plan to open registration for the event when a permit is finalized. 
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Jump Off Rock Half Marathon
A Scenic Downhill Half from Jump off Rock to Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.

Saturday, May 8, 2021
 
A brand new endurance running event, the Jump Off Rock Marathon will be one of the fastest half marathons in the south.  This scenic course has breathtaking views and will wind its way downhill from Jump Off Rock through the beautiful back-roads of Laurel Park and will finish in downtown on Main Street in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The point-to-point race and the scenic course are sure to bring PRs and great mountain memories. We are currently getting final permit approvals for this new race and expect to have this within the next few weeks. We are working on adding a shorter distance event to coincide with this race, hopefully a 10k to run alongside this half marathon race! Stay tuned for more information. 

Pop Up 5K Summer Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
June 23rd - August 25th, 2021
 
Come join us at the Bill Moore Community Park (formerly Fletcher Park) for our Pop-up 5k in the Park Summer Series and Virtual Challenge! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting June 23rd and running until August 25th, we’ll be setting up a rolling start line from 6-8 pm and a fully marked 5k course for runners and walkers. There are no mass starts. This in-person running event is socially distanced, family-friendly, and dog friendly! There will be prizes along the way, awesome Run Local swag available, and flexible options for all types of runners. 
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Hendersonville Triathlon

Sunday, June 27, 2021
 
The Hendersonville Triathlon is back at Patton Park and the YMCA Patton Park Pool in Hendersonville, NC! The event consists of 400m pool swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5k run! The run will use portions of the Oklawaha Greenway and Patton Park, City of Hendersonville’s largest park.  The bike route will be on paved roads around Hendersonville secondary and tertiary roads. We look forward to being able to offer this fantastic multi-sport event to our triathlon community. Registration will open in late winter. 
 
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Asheville Triathlon

Sunday, July 18, 2021
 
iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50 meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course at the Asheville Recreation Park. This is the great event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites. Note: We have submitted our permit application to the City of Asheville for the 2021 race. The event will take place in Asheville if the pool opens up this summer (this past year it stayed closed due to COVID and staffing issues). If it doesn’t open then we will move this event to Hendersonville, Patton Park again. We are excited to have this 2nd triathlon on our schedule for 2021 for our triathlon community!
 
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Pop Up 5K Fall Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
September 8th — October 27th, 2021
 
This is the same event as the Summer Series except with different times, prizes, and swag! The Pop-up 5k in the Park Fall Series and Virtual Challenge is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting September 8th and running until October 27th. Due to the time change, runners can start at the rolling start line anytime from 5-6:30 pm. 
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Asheville Off Road Series

September 19, 2021
 
The Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate is a unique, challenge event that has grown into a local and regional favorite event over the years. The event includes three Gravel Grinder bike events, a duathlon and a 10k off-road run. Save the date for Sunday, September 19, 2021. More info coming soon. 

Black Bear Half Marathon

October 9, 2021
 
The Black Bear Half Marathon is back! This 2nd Annual,  in-person, half marathon running event in Hendersonville, NC offers a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway. With less than 400 feet of elevation gain and a socially distanced race, you don’t want to miss this IN-PERSON, half marathon running race this fall in Western North Carolina. We will also have a ‘virtual option’ for the race again. Park permits have been approved for the 2021 race.
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Trick or Trail 5K & Spooky Sprint 1 Mile

SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 (tentative and location pending)
5K and 1 Mile distances! 
 
You don’t want to miss this family-friendly and Halloween-themed 5K and 1 Mile fun run. This annual running event is a local’s favorite and offers fun for the entire family. 
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South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

Thursday, November 25, 2021
 
The 4th Annual Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th. Come join us for this fun and festive 5K on one of the biggest running holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country! Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition. 
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Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 4, 2021
Join us for this holly, jolly 5K, 10K and Challenge at the Riveter! 

Don’t miss this new annual holiday tradition! The 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K at the Riveter in Mills River! Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K and 10K hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. The courses start at the Riveter and run along scenic rural paved and farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment.

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New Year’s Resolution Run

January 1, 2022
The Annual New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville will be January 1, 2022. Plan to kick off 2022 on the right foot and celebrate with what we love to do most: RUN! This event starts at a reasonable 10:00 am and offers a 5K and 10K distance. We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2022! More information coming soon. 

We have plans to add a few NEW events in 2021! Stay Tuned!

“All events are currently in the process of permits and approvals. Locations and dates are subject to change. We will open online registration when we have the green light from the permitting agency for each event.”

iDaph Partner Events
SAVE THE DATE

Spring Century Ride, Charleston, SC — Saturday, April 17, 2021
WCRM 5K Run, Shelby, NC — Saturday, April 17, 2021
Chamber Challenge, Asheville, NC — Friday, May 14, 2021
White Squirrel 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, May 22, 2021
WNC Flyer, Brevard, NC — Sunday, June 6, 2021
Firecracker 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, July 3, 2021
Light Up the Night 5K, Asheville, NC — Friday, August 6, 2021
Tour d’Apple, Brevard, NC — Monday, September 6, 2021
Vampire 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, October 30, 2021

Events are in the process of permits and final approvals. Dates and locations are subject to change. 
Additional new partner events will be added for 2021, stay tuned!

Check out the iDaph Events Podcast!

Listen to our latest podcast about our upcoming 2021 events calendar and new events in the works!

With so many changes happening in the events world right now, our podcast offers you another way to stay informed about upcoming events and what to expect. Available on Apple iTunes, Spotify, and more. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR PODCASTS! 

 

Stay Tuned!

 
Stay informed via new events that we are planning for the fall and winter by following us on Instagram and our Facebook Page

Sponsorship Opportunities

 
If you would like to showcase your business and support healthy events in 2021, contact us to learn more about annual sponsorship opportunities. Email events@idaph.net
Wasn’t 2021 supposed to be better than 2020, or did we miss something?

Wasn’t 2021 supposed to be better than 2020, or did we miss something?

This morning, while in the final stages of preparing for registration to open tonight at midnight, we received word that the Asheville Marathon and Half will not receive the necessary final approvals to take place at the Biltmore Estate on March 20th, 2021. 

This morning’s news came as a complete shock, and we genuinely empathize with the disappointment of everyone who has already dedicated hard work and planning in preparation for the half this year. Believe us; we feel that exact pain ourselves. Since receiving the news, we have opened conversations with the City of Asheville to determine a possible new location for the event on the same date. 

Our small team has worked tirelessly this past year to rethink and reimagine all our events to fit the current state of the world. We’ve put every aspect of the event planning process under the microscope to find ways to implement health and safety measures for our participants, and we can proudly say that that process has led to some of our most successful and innovative events to date. While we have created a recipe for success under the weight of increasing guidelines, the reality of planning events during a pandemic is that the process is unpredictable and challenging. However, we’re willing to take on that challenge because of our passionate commitment to our Asheville Marathon community.

Just as you all need in-person events to look forward to and train for, we need the support of our community of runners so we can continue to bring race experience events to our community.  We are truly in this together with you, and this loss is a tough pill to swallow for all of us.

But, there’s no time for us to wallow in self-pity… We’ve got work to do! 

While the task of relocating this event is not an easy one, we have successfully gone through that process multiple times this year, and we’re confident that we can do it again. We do foresee this event taking place on the Biltmore Estate again in the future. 

We already have a packed calendar of safe, socially-distanced events for 2021, and this new development has only made us hungrier for more. We are dedicating our time to improving our current events and creating new ones to fill the void left behind by this event. Please, stay tuned for more progress, announcements, and excitement in the weeks to come. 

As always, you can reach us at support@idaph.net for any questions, comments, or concerns, and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

UPDATE 1/8/2021: 

While we are still reeling from the race not being able to happen at the estate for 2021, we are feeling hopeful and are cautiously getting excited. We have some solid plans coming together with the City of Asheville to relocate the Asheville Half Marathon to the downtown area for March 20, 2021. Keep sending all your good juju and vibes that we can still run together at a new spot in March. We are keeping all our fingers and toes crossed!

Keep those hotel rooms booked for now and keep dreaming of running an awesome, in person, safe half marathon in March. Paperwork and maps have been submitted and we should have the info we need later next week in order to keep moving forward with this event at the new location. In the meantime, get outside and keep running!

Events in 2021 | A message from our Race Director

Events in 2021 | A message from our Race Director

by Daphne Kirkwood

Brrr. December is here and winter has suddenly arrived! This month also marks the end of 2020. The final days of this difficult year for all of us… 2021 is going to be brighter, we just know it! As we look forward to the new year and the events we have on the schedule, we have excitement, hope, resilience, and strength. We have felt so much of your support at our safe, in-person events over the past six months, thank you! Designing and producing events during this pandemic has been a necessity not only for our small business’ survival but we also feel like it has been for the survival of our community of athletes too. Thank you all for your continuous support, your encouragement, and for showing up and participating!

We have some fun, holiday, safe, in-person (with a virtual option) running events happening this winter that are sure to warm you up, put a smile on your face, and a race number on your chest. We all gotta keep moving forward through this pandemic together and as the cold sets in we know how important it is to keep moving, staying active, and bundling up and getting outside. Also, staying connected together is paramount for our mental health and vitality!

Next up is the Inaugural Ugly Sweater Run on December 5th at the hip, new Riveter, located near the Asheville Airport and Sierra Nevada. Time to pull out those Ugly Sweaters and run with us in person at this brand new, safe, and socially-distance, wave start race! We only have a couple of spots left in the in-person 5k and 10k, the Challenge has been sold out. We also have a virtual race opportunity too if you want to be a part of the action and fun and do your own run on your own time, anywhere!

2021 begins with the New Year’s Resolution Run on New Year’s Day in downtown Asheville. This annual holiday tradition is back with some updates including a 10k and a new Challenge (do both the 5k and 10k!) as well as a new virtual race option. We will all kiss 2020 goodbye together and bring in 2021 on the right foot (safely) at this in-person, wave start race. Every finisher will receive a commemorative, 2021 finisher medal this year!

Our preliminary list of 2021 events gives you a glimpse into the event schedule for next year, but it is not complete yet. We are continuing to work on permissions, permitting, and planning with all our non-profit partners, city and county officials, and other government entities. Most events will continue to look differently moving into the new year and some events just are not able to happen safely with our new event format, so they will not be on the schedule for next year. Our JANUARY 2021 Newsletter will hopefully be more comprehensive with more new events, old events, and their new event dates and information about each of them. Our website is a great resource to stay connected regarding our races and our upcoming schedule, we update it regularly!

The pandemic hasn’t been all bad for our event productions…. We have adapted and so have you! We have figured out that there are some things about the new format of safe races that we will keep around regardless of the pandemic and safety restrictions eventually being lifted. We will continue to only open up registrations for events 8 weeks to a few months prior to an event after all necessary approvals have been finalized. Of course, we all know that with the pandemic, things are unpredictable, so we lighten the grasp on each event and hold it lightly, knowing that we may be forced to make a change. There is a silver lining to having to change, grow, and adapt and we believe these things will continue to make our events better for years to come for each of you.

 

iDaph Events & Timing | 2021

We have a busy and eventful year ahead of us as we gear up for our 2021 Sport Events! iDaph Events & Timing offers cycling, running and multi-sport events throughout the year that are fun, unique and challenging. Our events are for all levels of athletes and are often kid-friendly, and due to COVID-19 our events are now also socially distanced and adhere to the NC guidelines.

The following is a list of upcoming 2021 Sport Events owned by iDaph Events.

 New Year’s Resolution Run
January 1, 2021
The 7th Annual Resolution Run takes place in downtown Asheville and is a fantastic way to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and HELLO 2021! This annual running event races through the streets of Downtown Asheville, NC on New Year’s Day, at a reasonable 10am to 11am. We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2021! NEW FOR 2021: There will be a 5K and 10K Distance, and a New Challenge (run both 5k & 10k). EVERY Participant gets a finisher medal! There will not be a 10 Mile Option this year. We will have wave start times to keep everyone socially distanced.
Event info: https://idaph.net/resolution-run/ 

Frostbite
Sunday, February 21, 2021
Join us for the 29th Annual Frostbite, the oldest and largest footrace in Henderson County! This in-person running event offers a 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run, so there’s something for the whole family. The Frostbite races begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center. Both the 10k and 5k courses provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly to challenging terrain, with some steep inclines. The moderately rolling 1-mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages. NEW FOR 2021: All participants get a finisher medal. New 15K Challenge Distance! Registration opens December 9th at noon.
Event info: https://idaph.net/frostbite/

 Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate
Saturday, March 20, 2021
We are so excited to have a half marathon event at the Biltmore Estate! The Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate will be a Half Marathon in 2021 and still run entirely on the beautiful grounds of Biltmore Estate. Due to COVID-19, guidelines are being put in place to provide a safe and socially distanced event for our runners, volunteers and staff, which is why the Marathon and Challenge events will not take place at the 2021 event. The event is capped and we expect this event to sell out before race day. We expect registration to open in January of 2021. Please keep an eye on our website for continued updates.
Event info: https://ashevillemarathon.com/.

2021 Asheville Triathlon - swim, bike, run
Sunday, July 18, 2021
iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50 meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course at the Asheville Recreation Park. This is the great event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites.
Event Info: https://idaph.net/asheville-triathlon/

Pop Up 5K in the Park Summer Series (5 Events)
Pop up 5k Summer Series (2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month)
June 23rd until August 25
Come join us at Fletcher Park (or anywhere you like) for our Pop-up 5k in the Park Summer Series and Virtual Challenge! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting June 23rd and running until August 25th, we’ll be setting up a rolling start line from 6-8pm and a fully marked 5k course at the Bill Moore Community Park (formerly Fletcher Park) for runners and walkers. There are no mass starts. This in-person running event is socially distanced, family-friendly, and dog friendly! There will be prizes along the way, awesome Run Local swag available, and flexible options for all types of runners.
Event info: https://idaph.net/pop-up-5k/

Pop Up 5K in the Park Fall Series (4 Events)
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
September 8 until October 27
This is the same event as the Summer Series except with different times, prizes and swag! The Pop-up 5k in the Park Fall Series and Virtual Challenge is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting September 8th and running until October 27th. Due to the time change, runners can start at the rolling start line anytime from 5-6:30 pm.
Event info: https://idaph.net/pop-up-5k/

Hendersonville Triathlon at Patton Park
Sunday, June 27th, 2021
The Hendersonville Triathlon is back at the Patton Park Pool in Hendersonville, NC! The event consists of 400m pool swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5k run! The bike and run will use portions of the Oklawaha Greenway and Patton Park, City of Hendersonville’s largest park.
Event info: https://idaph.net/hendersonville-triathlon/.

Black Bear Half Marathon in Hendersonville, NC
Saturday, Oct. 9th (Backup Date: October 16th (permit and date pending)
The Black Bear Half Marathon is back! This in-person, half marathon running event in Hendersonville, NC offers a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway. With less than 400 feet of elevation gain and a socially distanced race, you don’t want to miss this IN-PERSON, half marathon running race this fall in Western North Carolina.
Event info: https://idaph.net/black-bear-half-marathon/.

Trick or Trail 5k & 1-Mile Spooky Sprint
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 (tentative and location pending)
You don’t want to miss this family-friendly and Halloween-themed 5K and 1 Mile fun run. This annual running event is a local’s favorite and offers fun for the whole family.
Event info: https://idaph.net/trick-or-trail-5k-in-hendersonville/

South Asheville Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 25, 2021
The 4th Annual Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th. Come join us for this fun and festive 5K on one of the biggest running holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country! Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition.
Event info: https://idaph.net/south-asheville-turkey-trot/

Ugly Sweater Run
December 4, 2021
Don’t miss this Ugly Sweater Run 5K, 10K, and Challenge 15K, at the Riveter in Mills River! Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K and 10K hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. The courses start at the Riveter and run along scenic and rural paved and farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment. There’ll be delicious food, drinks, and refreshments (including adult beverages and coffee), and plenty of activities including a premier bike park and a climbing wall. Chill out after the race and unwind at a socially-distanced flow, indoor yoga class at the Riveter’s yoga studio. Runners can also sign up for the challenge, which involves both distances. A virtual option is also available.
Event info: https://idaph.net/ugly-sweater-run/
Please note: We have plans to add a few NEW events in 2021. All events are currently in the process of permits and approvals. Locations and dates are subject to change. We will open online registration when we have the green light from the permitting agency for each event.

Partner Events: Save the Date!
iDaph Events & Timing also partners with multiple events per year, offering timing, registration and marketing services. Please visit idaph.net and check out our Events Tab or Calendar of Events for information on upcoming partner events!

Spring Century Ride, Charleston, SC — Saturday, April 17, 2021
WCRM 5K Run, Shelby, NC — Saturday, April 17, 2021
Chamber Challenge, Asheville, NC — Friday, May 14, 2021
White Squirrel 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, May 22, 2021
WNC Flyer, Brevard, NC — Sunday, June 6, 2021
Firecracker 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, July 3, 2021
Light Up the Night 5K, Asheville, NC — Friday, August 6, 2021
Tour d’Apple, Brevard, NC — Monday, September 6, 2021
Vampire 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, October 30, 2021

Images available upon request. For more information please emailsupport@idaph.net.

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Events in 2021 | A message from our Race Director

Events in 2021 | A message from our Race Director

by Daphne Kirkwood Brrr. December is here and winter has suddenly arrived! This month also marks the end of 2020. The final days of this difficult year for all of us... 2021 is going to be brighter, we just know it! As we look forward to the new year and the events we...

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

We can't wait to see you at the South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K! Here's what you need to know for Packet Pick-up and Race Day. We are thankful you're here! Thank you for signing up for the South Asheville Turkey Trot. We can't wait to celebrate our Thanksgiving morning...

Update: Trick or Trail 5k & Spooky Sprint One Mile

Update: Trick or Trail 5k & Spooky Sprint One Mile

Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint

The 2020 event is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th. Registration opening soon!

Trick and Trail and Spooky Sprint participants! Typically this time of year we have registration opened up for the event in October. But due to the pandemic and it’s impact on all aspects of this event, we wanted to ensure that we could still secure the same location and provide you a socially-distanced and safe, run experience before we opened up registration. The 2nd part we have covered, as we have been producing a brand new format of run events that are socially-distanced and safe over the past couple months. The location has been the tricky part for this event.

We received word from Dupont that the State Forest is not allowing any events to start/finish or run through Dupont this fall/winter. They have been severly impacted by the pandemic and aren’t able to host events and happenings there. We are bummed, but completely understand that these are wacky and difficult times for everyone, everywhere!

 

We are working diligently on finding an alternate location that would allow for a small, social-distanced, rolling start format event with plenty of space and room for the event to take place. We will keep you posted. We will only open up registration when we have a location that is 100% confirmed for the event.

Thank you all for your continued interest in this run. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we can find an equally awesome location so you can enjoy this experience again in 2020 (socially-distanced of course!). Keep watching our website for updates regarding event registration. 

We hear you. We miss you. We are ready to move into the future and we know you are too!

We hear you. We miss you. We are ready to move into the future and we know you are too!

Collage of former race events photos

Here’s what’s up next for iDaph Events

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our athletes, friends, and families for being extremely supportive during these unprecedented times. It has been such a wild few weeks and we miss seeing all of you! We cannot thank you enough for all your kind words, texts and emails. Your support of our small business is so appreciated! 

As we all know, COVID-19 has completely decimated the events Industry. Just a few months ago, the thought of the potential simultaneous cancellation/postponement of every event in the world would have been considered completely ludicrous… and an impossibility of epic proportions. 

So where are we right now and what is the plan? The only way we are going to overcome this as a community, as a nation, and as global citizens, is if we all do our part. Our part here at iDaph Events is to continue to provide opportunities to our community to consistently tune their bodies through physical movement, to help everyone stay motivated and to achieve fitness goals. We believe wholeheartedly that by moving your body every day, you are not only going to be in good physical shape but also in a more positive mental state.

Right now, EVERY one of us needs tools and help to keep our heads on straight. Yes, times have changed, and that means we have to be even more creative about event experiences now and as we move into the future. We are ready, and from what we have heard from all of you, you are too! 

Stay tuned on new offerings for upcoming events

Each of our events that we design and produce and own (7 events) — and the ones we oversee and produce for our clients (20+ events) — are unique and are by no means ‘cookie-cutter.’ Therefore, each individual event will take meticulous evaluation and planning to ensure the utmost safety for all attendees. We are working on plans and updates for each of our upcoming events and our partner events for the remainder of this year. You will see new offerings from us including updated cancellation and deferral policies to allow you more time to make decisions regarding your participation. We will also be offering new virtual event experiences for the majority of our events so that regardless of what may happen in the next day, week and months, you will also have a fantastic virtual experience.

We are working with several partners on these virtual offerings and will continue to provide upgrades to these experiences as the technology evolves. We are really excited about the virtual event space and how it has evolved in just a short amount of time. We admit we were all skeptics of virtual events before we participated in them, but now we realize there is a great deal of fun, excitement and motivation to be had by participating in virtual events!  

The Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride

We are kicking things off here on June 1st with a brand new virtual event: The Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride and we are pumped! As we have been deep cleaning and moving our warehouse/office operations to another facility, we have found lots of awesome treasures over the last few months! Get ‘re-charged’ and motivated by joining your community of runners and cyclists in this virtual run or bike event and join us for a ‘Vintage Style’ Virtual run and ride experience.

We plan to launch another Virtual Challenge soon and bring back an oldie-but goodie event series that has a style that fits perfectly in this pandemic! Stay tuned!

Asheville Triathlon and Light Up the Night 5K

Our two upcoming events within the city limits: the Asheville Triathlon and Light Up the Night 5K presented by Western Carolina Rescue Ministry are currently being adjusted based on city requirements for upcoming events. We are very hopeful that we can produce some version of each of these events! We are in contact with the city and we will keep everyone informed with these adjustments. We will make final decisions about each of these events on or by July 1, 2020. 

We paused all our event registrations on March 13th, due to the uncertainty of gatherings and restrictions. We will be slowly opening up most of our event registration platforms this month, so stay tuned to the iDaph website, our blog, the Facebook page and Instagram for those updates! 

The Plan! (For Now)

As of right now, here’s the plan:

June 1 thru June 14th: BRAND NEW!  Virus Bustin’ Virtual Run & Ride

July 4: Firecracker 5k presented by Brevard Rotary 

Our friends at the Brevard Rotary Club are planning a virtual run for July 4th week. They are working on putting together a plan to also hopefully produce some in-person activities. Stay tuned to their registration page for updates to the event. 

July 19: Asheville Triathlon - limited registration and a new virtual option will be open by the end of this week. 

August 7: Light up the Night 5k presented by Western Carolina Rescue Ministry (WCRM)  - limited registration and a new virtual option will be open by the end of this week. 

September 7: Tour d’Apple presented by Four Seasons Rotary Club

This bike ride in Henderson County is one of the Four Seasons Rotary Club largest fundraisers. They are hopeful that there will be some version of the event permissible by September.

Online registration will open again soon. Stay up-to-date through the FB page and TDA website. 

September 12: Rock the Quarry presented by Hedrick Industries

September 20: Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate is just as excited as we are at iDaph events to produce this event in the fall! We are working closely with Biltmore on establishing new event safety plans and protocols. Registration will open again soon with additional options for deferrals plus a new virtual event experience will be offered. 

October 17: Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint - Registration opening this summer!

November 26: Biltmore Park Turkey Trot - Registration opening this summer!

By no means is this calendar set in stone. However, we will try to host the events that we have scheduled on their original dates because rescheduling could be very difficult for us, you, our partners and other event companies in our community. If you read our blog What will sport events look like when they come back?, I was quoted saying, “Rescheduling for later in the year has its own problems: There is already an endurance event scheduled for nearly every weekend in our area. We project that large events and gatherings could take much longer to revive themselves. How large is too large is the question… is 100 people too high of a risk for an endurance event?”

Getting creative

We are having to get very creative with events as we work on re-opening plans. We are up for the challenge! 

The only thing we ask of you is that you understand that in each and every decision we make, we’re making it in the best interest of the athlete, the communities in which these events are held, and in a manner that will allow iDaph Events to survive and ultimately thrive once we slingshot through this pandemic.

I believe that we are a community of determined, endurance-loving humans and that we all have the strength to pick ourselves up and start again. The more we can all lift each other up to find that strength, the better we all will be — even if that means we make small baby steps, each and every day to reach our ultimate goal. We look forward to seeing you on the start lines virtually and in person again soon!

‍My Best, 

Daphne Kirkwood

Daphne Kirkwood, owner of iDaph Events

Entrepreneur | Athlete | Mom

Past iDaph Blogs

Events in 2021 | A message from our Race Director

Events in 2021 | A message from our Race Director

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South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

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