2021 Special Edition Asheville Half Marathon Results

2021 Special Edition Asheville Half Marathon Results

iDaph Asheville Half Marathon

Congrats to all Finishers on your Achievement

It was a beautiful race day and all of you runners did an incredible job on the Special edition Downtown Asheville Course. We are so proud of all you and appreciate your support! Remember to tag us in race photos at @idaphevents and @avlmarathon!


Special Edition Asheville Half Marathon Results by Age Group

Questions? Contact support@idaph.net. 

Top 10 Tips for a successful race this weekend at the Special Edition Asheville Half in downtown Asheville

Top 10 Tips for a successful race this weekend at the Special Edition Asheville Half in downtown Asheville

By Race Director Daphne Kirkwood, Course completed virtually on 3/17/2021

Tip 1 -Slightly open the door to the restroom and peek in before you swing the door open, there may be someone that forgot to lock it inside and well that is just a visual you don’t want with you the entire time you are racing. 

Tip 2 - If you start seeing things like leprechauns and a guy riding a bike towing 3 freshly cut, very long bamboo trees behind his bike, believe it is real. You are not hallucinating. This is Asheville. 

Tip 3 - Airpods lasted 1 hr 20 minutes. If you run sub-1:20, no worries. If you take longer, bring a back-up music source… iPhone and old school headphones does the trick. It is worth it!

Tip 4 - The first 3 miles are ridiculously fast, downhill and the adrenaline is pumping… no need to slow it down. Just keep rolling but realize what will happen in tip 5+6. 

Tip 5 - The hill really starts at mile 11, and although it is just a hill, it is long and at times I wondered, “Am I really running, or am I crawling?” Just keep crawling. You will get there, it may not look pretty but you will, I promise. 

Tip 6 - Because of tip 5 and tip 4, the chances of you having a negative split race is pretty much  0%. So let it go. Let it go. (cue up Frozen soundtrack).  But if you do happen to run a negative split, you will be my hero and I will also know that you didn’t really run your typical pace the first 11 miles. 

Tip 7 - Take in and notice the various surfaces. Remember that grass and dirt are soft and the pavement is softer than concrete. 

Tip 8 - Having someone cheering for you lights up your world, I highly recommend having a spectator out on the course. There are so many great places to watch and cheer! 

Tip 9 - Soak in the scenery, you have city-scapes, greenways, trails, and parks and they each are unique and beautiful. 

Tip 10 - Smile even if it hurts. Enjoy every single minute. It goes by in the blink of an eye. And know when it is done, you can catch your breath, then go celebrate and swap stories at the post-race party!

2021 WNC Flyer has SOLD OUT

2021 WNC Flyer has SOLD OUT

2021 WNC Flyer has SOLD OUTAfter only 21 hours of online registration being open for the WNC Flyer presented by Hunter Subaru, the 2021 event has sold out. Join the waitlist in case more spots become available by going HERE. The 17th Annual WNC Flyer event is set for Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Bold Rock in Mills River, NC. Net proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club and their bicycling advocacy programs in WNC.  


Ride Details for 2021:

The 17th annual Hunter Subaru WNC Flyer will be held in Western North Carolina.  The start/finish will be at Bold Rock, Mills River, NC.  What better way to spend the day than with a Bike Ride, BBQ a Brew!

Riders will have their choice of  a century, metric, half century, and half metric rides which wind through the valleys south of Asheville, NC. Although it is the least hilly ride in Western North Carolina, it has plenty of rolling hills to keep all riders interested. There is beautiful mountain scenery without the long mountain climbs. The Flyer is a ride for everyone from first time riders to experience riders.

This is a fully supported ride with well-stocked rest stops and an after ride party. The Bold Rock Food truck will have lots of yummy BBQ (or Veggie lunch options) and beer for purchase after the ride. 

Find out more on the WNC Flyer website HERE. 


Appalachian Trilogy: 13.1 x 3 in 2021

Appalachian Trilogy: 13.1 x 3 in 2021

We are thrilled to launch the new 13.1 x 3 series for 2021, the Appalachian Trilogy! Sign up for the Asheville Half Marathon (March 20), Jump off Rock Half Marathon (May 8) & Black Bear Half Marathon (Oct. 9) and receive a commemorative Appalachian Trilogy medal. You can do these events either in-person or virtually to be part of the series! We will also have some super cool swag to go along with this new challenge to keep you motivated to train all year long!

Step 1: Go to the official Appalachian Trilogy Registration Form and sign up. After you fill this out you are signed up in the series so that you can receive your medal… but you must still go sign up for each of the three races on Race Roster…

Next, Step 2:  Go sign up here for all three races and grab the official Appalachian Trilogy Hoody and/or mug while you are there! - https://raceroster.com/series/2021/44620/the-appalachian-trilogy

Note: Only registered participants of all three half marathon races will be eligible for the Appalachian Trilogy medal. Both in-person and virtual half marathon participants are eligible to be part of this series. Medals can be picked up at the final race in the series - Black Bear Half Marathon on Saturday, October 9th. If you partiticipate virtually in the races, your medal will be shipped after October 9th.

Step 3: Now go join our exclusive Applachian Trilogy Runners Facebook group –> https://www.facebook.com/groups/416577786315987 and be part of the community of runners that are also tackling this challenge with you!

Last thing... And finally, check out the GOLD, SPINNING, AMAZING Appalachian Trilogy Medal - https://youtu.be/jsB8285y8HE


Get ready to ride FAST | Lung Buster Time Trial registration is now open

Get ready to ride FAST | Lung Buster Time Trial registration is now open


All abilities and levels of cyclists welcome! There is no doubt that this bike series will help you improve your bike fitness and make you stronger. You will push yourself harder on the bike than ever before! And you don’t have to have fancy bike equipment to join in on the fun. Whether you are a seasoned cycling veteran or a new bike rider, try something new this year, join us for some cycling fun this spring and summer. These events are designed and produced for the love of our entire cycling community. 


The Lung Buster Time Trial series is a five-part series of competitive cycling events. The events take place here in Western North Carolina at five different routes, and the goal is to provide a fun and professional race experience for cyclists while adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. All levels and abilities are welcome!

Due to the pandemic and social distancing and event gathering restrictions, the 2020 Lung Buster Time Trial Series has a twist with extended durations for participation for each event. Brand New Virtual Series also available, participate ANYWHERE at ANYTIME!

Our unique mix of different racing environments allows riders of different strengths and focuses to level the playing field amongst competitors. Also, having five separate events means that one poor showing won’t ruin your opportunity to do well in the series as a whole. Whether you’re an elite time trial champion or a recreational rider on any bike of your choosing, come out and join the Lung Buster!  We have multiple categories to choose from.

  • Includes access to participate in all 5 events (participate in one, two or all five…)
  • Can participate as an individual (solo) and/or as a 2 person team, or both, for no additional cost!
  • Maps, course profile, parking, and information provided for each event
  • The official, super comfy, 2021 Lung Buster Time Trial Series shirt for FREE!
  • A super cool, commemorative medal
  • Free shipping of goodies
  • Downloadable Finisher Certificate
  • Download Personalized Bib
  • As many attempts as you want on the course for an entire month! Upload results to event Results Page as soon as you have completed the race so that we can keep the friendly competition going throughout the month.
  • Access to our Strava Club for this Series
iDaph Events | March schedule of upcoming events

iDaph Events | March schedule of upcoming events


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Asheville Marathon & Half

Saturday, March 20, 2021



The 9th Annual Asheville Marathon and Half typically held at Biltmore Estate, will take place as a Half Marathon only on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in downtown Asheville. The Special Edition, 2021 Asheville Half Marathon is relocated for one year only to downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The Asheville Marathon & Half will plan to return to Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC for the 10th Annual event in 2022.

Start your 2021 Asheville Half Marathon in downtown Asheville Pack Square and run through the best parts of the city. Including downtown city streets, River Arts District, along the French Broad river and through the park for this city-style, 13.1 race. This fast, half marathon is a dream come true for runners looking to get a personal best in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Limited spots left in the in-person event. 


Appalachian Trilogy


We are thrilled to launch the new 13.1 x 3 series for 2021, the Appalachian Trilogy! 
Sign up for the Asheville Half Marathon (March 20), Jump off Rock Half Marathon (May 8) & Black Bear Half Marathon (Oct. 9), and receive a gorgeous gold commemorative, Appalachian Trilogy medal. We will also have some super, cool swag to go along with this new challenge to keep you motivated to train all year long!


Jump Off Rock Half Marathon & 10k
A Scenic & Fast, Downhill Half from Jump off Rock to Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.


Saturday, May 8, 2021

Registration is NOW Open!

An endurance running event like none other, the Inaugural Jump Off Rock Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru, will be one of the fastest half marathon races in the south and will run “downhill to downtown.” 

The point-to-point, half marathon begins at Jump off Rock, a national landmark and the Town of Laurel Park’s highest peak, and finishes in the heart of downtown Hendersonville on Main Street. This gently downhill and scenic 13.1 mile course is not only fast, it also has breathtaking views. Half Marathoners will wind their way downhill through the beautiful back-roads of Laurel Park then on historic city streets and around Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake before heading into downtown Hendersonville. The point-to-point race and the scenic course are sure to bring PRs and mountain memories to last a lifetime.

10k runners will start their race at the base of the Town of Laurel Park at the Hendersonville Family YMCA. They will join in on the half marathon route at about the half-way point with half marathoners. The 10k route is moderately flat with a couple gentle rollers. The 10k runners will run on historic city streets, around the Hendersonville’s Osceola Lake and back to downtown Hendersonville.

Both races will finish at the same location in Historic Downtown Hendersonville on Main Street. 


Pop Up 5K Summer Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
June 23rd - August 25th, 2021

Registration is opening on March 30, 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. 

Lung Buster Time Trial Series

Five time trial style, cycling events in WNC.
Participate in one or all of these! 

April thru August 2021

The Lung Buster Time Trial series is a five-part series of cycling events.

Registration opens soon!


Hendersonville Triathlon

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Registration is NOW OPEN!

The 2nd Annual Hendersonville Triathlon presented by Hunter Subaru 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. 

Asheville Triathlon

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Registration opens on April 1, 2021

iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! We are waiting to hear from the city of Asheville if they will open the pool this year. If they do not open the pool, we will move the race to Hendersonville to Patton Park.

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!


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. 

Asheville Off Road Series

September 19, 2021

Registration opening on June 1, 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 presented by Hunter Subaru 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.

Trick or Trail 5K & Spooky Sprint 1 Mile

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
5K and 1 Mile distances! 

Registration opening on July 1, 2021

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. 

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Registration opening in early August

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. 

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.


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!

“Events with registration not currently open are 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

CCRM Love Run 5K Run, Shelby, NC — Friday, April 16, 2021
Chamber Challenge, Asheville, NC — Friday, May 14, 2021
White Squirrel 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, May 22, 2021
WNC Flyer, new Location for 2021! — Sunday, June 6, 2021
Strut Your Mutt, Fletcher, NC — Saturday, June 26, 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! 


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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