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2021 New Year’s Resolution Run Pre-Event Guide

2021 New Year’s Resolution Run Pre-Event Guide

Family at South Asheville Turkey Trot

We can’t wait to welcome 2021 with you!

 

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New Year’s Resolution Run Podcast

Listen to the New Year’s Resolution Run Podcast for everything you need to know for New Year’s Day and packet pick-up. You can download this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you listen to your podcasts. 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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

Thank you for signing up for the New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville! May we all get off on the RIGHT FOOT together with this annual run on the first day of the year. Let’s all bring positivity, fun and enthusiasm to this special day that will mark a new beginning for each and everyone one of us.

Please take a moment to read through our pre-event guide blog. It has important information regarding the event. You can also download and listen to the iDaph Events Podcast for information about the Resolution Run, or check out the recorded podcast on YouTube.

Looking for other activities around the area for New Year’s? Visit here to find out about more local happenings to ring in the New Year. 

VERY IMPORTANT: All participants must read and sign the COVID Certification and Release prior to participating in the race on Friday. THIS HAS been emailed to all participants to view and sign. 


 

Rolling Wave Starts

The race starts and finishes in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, NC. The address is 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801.

In order to safely socially-distance runners throughout the race, we have implemented rolling wave starts for this event. There is no mass start. When you registered online you selected a wave start time. You can show up and begin your race at any point during that 10 minute time window. 10k runners will start first according to the wave start time that you selected when you registered online.

  • 10:00 AM - 10:09 AM
  • 10:10 AM - 10:19 AM
  • 10:20 AM - 10:29 AM

5k runners wave starts are the following times:

  • 10:30 AM - 10:39 AM
  • 10:40 AM - 10:49 AM
  • 10:50 AM - 10:59 AM1

As soon as you get to the start line you will start your race. No hanging out. No waiting around…. so don’t come to the start line until you are READY TO GO! This rolling start style of race is more laid back and doesn’t have that same amount of pressure that a mass start race does. The start and finish line are both in Pack Square, in two separate locations.

Challenge Participants:

The brand new Challenge, which is both the 5K and 10K, runners must start the 10k first and you would have signed up online for a 10k wave start time.  If you are participating in the Challenge, we suggest that you start your race close to 10am, no later than 10:19 am. You will finish the 10k race at the finish chute, then go to the start line again and do the 5k course.

Participants in the Challenge will be competing in the 5k and the 10k races and listed in each of those results. We will not have a ‘cummulative’ time or awards category for the Challenge (15k) participants. All Challenge participants will get their own special swag for participating in the Challenge and will qualify for awards in the 5k and the 10k races. Please only take one finisher medal. They are the same for both races. THANK YOU!!

10k Participants:

–  If you are participating in the 10k race, you will split from the 5k course at the 1.7 mile mark and continue onto Kimberly Ave at the intersection of Evelyn Pl, Kimberly Ave, and Edwin Pl.

5k Participants: 

- You will do one lap of the course. It is a 5k! Start at the start line, finish at the finish line at the Pack Square… easy peasy!

COVID-19 Guidelines

We are taking this virus very seriously, and we have made substantial changes to ensure we are adhering to the NC guidelines concerning COVID-19. Participants must wear masks before and after the race. All volunteers and staff members are also required to wear masks at all times.

Please visit our Blog Post for a list of COVID-19 guidelines.

Packet Pick-up is on Race Day 

Packet Pick-up will take place on the day of the event at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville (you will see signs when you arrive). Please plan to arrive approximately 30 minutes before your assigned wave start time to check-in and pick up your swag and race bib. 

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.

Parking

There is plenty of available parking at nearby parking garages. You can also find metered street parking and parking at several nearby Parking Decks.

Spectators

In order to keep spectators and gathering at a minimum in the park, and for your friends and family to have the best experience watching you race, we highly encourage that they find some places downtown on the course to spread out and cheer you on. Specatators are required to wear face coverings. 

 

Race Route & Course Info

It is up to you to know the course and follow the course markings and signs along the route. We will have pink route arrows on the sidewalks and roads and pink spray paint. We will also have tall directional signs and yard signs with arrows. Please stay on the sidewalks when they are available to you. If there is not a sidewalk please run facing traffic on the left side of the road. Do not run in the middle of the road. FOLLOW THE ROUTE ARROW STICKERS ON THE GROUND! At the course split the YELLOW arrow on the ground will lead 10k runners straight up Kimberly Avenue. The Pink arrows on the ground will lead the 5k runners to the left on Evelyn. 

VERY IMPORTANT! 

The 10k and 5k courses will split on Edwin, Evelyn and Kimberly Ave intersection, a little over 1 ½ miles in… the 5k runners will take a LEFT and go on EVELYN… they will not go up Kimberly Avenue. If you do, well. You will be running 2x the distance you signed up for! The 10k will come back to this intersection at a little over 4 ½ miles and so you will see it again when you join back in on the rest of the 5k course for the last mile and a half of the run. 

 5k Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31272879

10k Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34484102

The Course time limit is NOON (for both races & Challengers). 

Water Stations

We encourage you to bring your own fuel, nutrition, and refreshments for the run so that you can stay socially-distanced throughout the entire event. There will not be any water stations along the course.  Water and CLIF Bars will be provided at the finish.

FINISH LINE! 

Your finisher medal is waiting for you at the finish! Please grab yours at our contactless Finisher Medal Station. (CHALLENGE PARTIICPANTS ONLY GET ONE MEDAL PLEASE!!)

Grab a delicious lunch from Baires Food Truck will have breakfast empanada, special New Year’s empanadas, and they’ll be serving up hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee. Please bring cash or card and hope support this awesome local business! 

Virtual Awards Ceremony

Due to COVID-19, we are not having an awards ceremony. We will do a Virtual Awards Ceremony via Zoom, and that link will be emailed to our participants after the event.

We hope everyone has a fun and festive run!

WESTERN CAROLINA RESCUE MINISTRIES
SHOE DRIVE

We are so excited to partner once again with Western Carolina Rescue Ministries! We are accepting monetary donations online and we will have a Shoe Drive at the event and at Fleet Feet Asheville.

 

Run Local Accessories

Our Run Local accessories are a great way to celebrate all things running and support small business. These are available for purchase when you register through Race Roster and you can also purchase them in person at the race. We appreciate your support! 

Run Local Beanie

Show off your love for running and help support local business when you purchase a Run Local beanie! Available when you register. Make great holiday gifts! 

iDaph Events Run Local Hoodie

Run Local Hoodie

Snuggle up in one of these awesome Run Local hoodies! Available for purchase when you register. Make great gifts for the runner in your life! 

Run Local shirt

Run Local Run Free t-shirt

What a gift to run through the beauty of our North Carolina mountains and forests. With running, we express who we are, our freedom, our love for the outdoors. Run wild and run free. Run local together in 2021. Available for purchase when you log into your Race Roster account.

2021 Resolution Run Sponsors

Past iDaph Blogs

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

A note from Daphne... It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy...

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

  A 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...

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.

Past iDaph Blogs

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

A note from Daphne... It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy...

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

  A 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...

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

Family at South Asheville Turkey Trot

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 with you.

Please take a moment to read through our pre-event guide blog. It has important information regarding the event. You can also download and listen to the iDaph Events Podcast for information about the South Asheville Turkey Trot, or check out the recorded podcast on YouTube.

COVID-19 Guidelines

We are taking this virus very seriously, and we have made substantial changes to ensure we are adhering to the NC guidelines concerning COVID-19. Participants must wear masks before and after the race, but do not have to wear a mask while running. All volunteers and staff members are required to wear masks at all times.

Please visit our Blog Post for a list of COVID-19 guidelines.

Packet Pick-up before Race Day

In-person Packet Pick-up will take place the day before the event at Fleet Feet Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square.

Date: Wednesday, November 25th from 2-5pm.

Location: 8 Town Square Blvd #165, Asheville, NC 28803

This is a drive-through style packet pick-up, so there is no need to leave your vehicle! We will bring your packet, goody bag and race bib to your vehicle.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO day-of packet pickup. If you have questions please email support@idaph.net.

Race Day

Since we are conducting rolling wave starts this year, the time for this 5K event is between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. So for example, if you signed up for the 8:00-8:19 am start time you can arrive anytime between that 19 minute window to the start line to start your race. You do not have to be there at the start of your wave!

Please arrive approximately 15-20 minutes before your assigned wave start so that you have time to use the restrooms. You should already have your race bib, so please make sure the bib number is on the front of your shirt or some other prominent place! Do not cover it with your jacket, etc. It must be visible when you start and finish.

It is important that you start at your assigned wave start time. Our permit with Bill Moore Community Park is contingent with certain guidelines for this event. Wave start times ensure that only 50 people (the current event gathering allowed number in NC) are in a certain window of time, and allows for social distancing on the course.

If you are not able to make the wave start time you signed up for, please consider converting your race to the virtual option. The course will stay marked until end of the day on Friday, November 27th, and you can submit your results until Sunday at midnight (or run anywhere). This means you can run the race anytime after the event takes place and submit your race results online. You will still receive your race swag. You can make that change through the Race Roster profile.

Please Note: The time limit for the course is 11:00 AM.

5K Course

Click here to watch the Course Preview!

5K GPS ROUTE

Food and Nutrition info

There will not be any water stations on this course. Please bring your own water and nutrition.

Parking and Restrooms

There is limited parking at Bill Moore Community Park, so please consider carpooling if you are able. There are restrooms and porta-johns with hand-washing stations near the check-in and parking.

Race Route

Check out this link for the official Race Route.

SOUTH ASHEVILLE TURKEY TROT 5K ROUTE

Food Drive

Please help support our food drive! We will be accepting food drive donations for the food bank at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, NC. You can drop off your canned good when you check-in at registration. Our goal is 300 canned goods!

After you cross the finish line

After you cross the finish line, pick up your finisher medal at our contactless medal station, and you are free to head to your vehicle. Due to COVID-19, we are not having any type of after-party activity or awards ceremony, so you can head on home to your Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your day with family and friends.

Awards Ceremony

There will be a Virtual Awards Ceremony the following week via Zoom. We will send out an email with the Zoom link information, but you can also watch a recorded session on YouTube and Facebook Live after the ceremony takes place.

Good luck Turkey Trotters! We hope you have a great run and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Run Local Accessories

Our Run Local accessories are a great way to celebrate all things running and support small business. These are available for purchase when you register through Race Roster. We appreciate your support! 

Run Local Beanie

Show off your love for running and help support local business when you purchase a Run Local beanie! Available when you register. Make great holiday gifts! 

iDaph Events Run Local Hoodie

Run Local Hoodie

Snuggle up in one of these awesome Run Local hoodies! Available for purchase when you register. Make great gifts for the runner in your life! 

Run Local shirt

Run Local Run Free t-shirt

What a gift to run through the beauty of our North Carolina mountains and forests. With running, we express who we are, our freedom, our love for the outdoors. Run wild and run free. Run local together in 2021. Available for purchase when you log into your Race Roster account.

idaph events podcast logo

South Asheville Turkey Trot Podcast

Listen to the South Asheville Turkey Trot Podcast for everything you need to know for Turkey Trot Day and packet pick-up. You can download this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Past iDaph Blogs

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

A note from Daphne... It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy...

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

  A 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...

Registration is now open for the New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville

Registration is now open for the New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville

Kiss 2020 goodbye!

Join iDaph Event’s 2021 New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville

Celebrate the love of running, fitness, and the new year with iDaph Events 7th Annual Resolution Run, set for New Year’s Day on Friday, January 1st, 2021 in downtown Asheville, NC.

This annual in-person running event has assigned wave start times beginning at 10 am, so you can watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and still get up in time to kick off the first day of the year on the right foot.

The race starts and ends in Pack Square, Asheville’s historic public square and the heart of Asheville. The New Year’s Resolution Run is a great way to stick to your fitness goals and stay active throughout the winter months while exploring the streets of downtown Asheville and its surrounding neighborhoods. The 10 Mile distance will not take place this year; instead, a 10K has been put in its place, along with the traditional 5K route. There is also a challenge option for endurance runners, which allows runners to run both the 5k and 10k distances for a total of 9.3 miles.

“After what we have been through as a community over the past year, I cannot imagine a better way to start off the new 2021 year,” says Race Director Daphne Kirkwood. “The New Year’s Resolution Run is an opportunity to let go of the last year together, safely and in-person.”

Changes due to COVID-19

As all of iDaph Events running events since the pandemic, this event will have major changes implemented to allow for a safe and socially distanced event. When runners register they must choose a wave start time and stick to that time when they start the race. The assigned wave start times are to ensure that runners stay socially distanced throughout the race from start to finish, and it eliminates a mass start. Each event has been capped at 150 participants.

A conditional permit has been approved by the City of Asheville on November 9, 2020 for this annual event to take place in downtown Asheville.

Runners are encouraged to bring their own water and nutrition for this event. In order to provide a safe experience for all runners, there will be no water stations or fuel stations on the race course.

For more changes due to COVID-19, please visit the Resolution Run website.

New for 2021! Virtual Option

Runners not ready to attend an in-person event or if from out of town are still able to be part of this annual Resolution Run. A virtual option for this event is also available, and runners can run the same course or a course anywhere to commemorate the start of a brand new year. Virtual participants will have access to the course information and receive all the cool swag mailed directly to their home. Top finishers are also eligible for prizes.

In-person event

5K and 10k runners participating in the in-person event will receive a race t-shirt, a commemorative finisher medal, a chip-timed race, a fully-marked course and a goody bag with their registration fee. Challenge runners will also receive an additional swag item. These swag items are a fun way to commemorate the first run of the year, and a reminder to runners that they have stuck to their fitness goals.

“For many, the t-shirt and commemorative medal will be a reminder to leave 2020 behind and provide a token of hope as together we look forward to a more healthy future in 2021,” says Kirkwood.

No after-party: But we can still have fun!

To commemorate the new year, a fresh start and the Resolution Run accomplishment, all finishers will receive a custom-designed finisher medal after they cross the finish line.

To discourage the gathering of crowds, there will not be any post-event celebrations for the in-person New Year’s Resolution Run. However, runners and spectators can check out Baires Food Truck, which will be on-site at the event serving up their delicious breakfast empanadas and special New Year’s empanadas, along with hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee.

There is plenty of space at Pack Square for spectators to come and cheer on their favorite runner during this event. We do ask that spectators wear masks and stay socially distanced from others while attending.

The awards ceremony will be held via Zoom the week following the event to announce overall finishers.

Sign up: Spots are limited!

It is time to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and HELLO 2021! For more details about this event, click the button below. 

Please note: If the permit conditions change due to COVID-19 event gathering restrictions, this event will be moved to a different location. There are no deferrals or refunds for this event.

New Year's Resolution Runners in downtown Asheville

Past iDaph Blogs

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

A note from Daphne... It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy...

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

  A 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...

Update on Winter Programs: Asheville Winter Bike League and Asheville Swim League

Update on Winter Programs: Asheville Winter Bike League and Asheville Swim League

A note from Daphne Kirkwood,  founder of the non-profit iDream Athletes Foundation and owner and Race Director of iDaph Events.

Today I am here to give you updates regarding iDream Athletes Foundation and the winter programs that we typically would be starting soon.

The iDream Athletes Foundation helps to fund two, community athletic programs: the Asheville Winter Bike League (AVL WBL), and the Asheville Swim League (AVL SWL). Year after year, these two - group style, winter training programs have helped provide safe, donation-based training opportunities that have been welcoming and inviting for all abilities of our community athletes to attend and participate. During these two programs, athletes have worked towards a common goal of improving their cycling and swimming skills, no matter how experienced they are. Both programs promote fitness, skill-training, mental and physical well being, and a chance for community members to connect and spend time with others who share a common interest.

Over the last few months I have been brainstorming on how in the world we can do these group rides and group swims safely. Each and every time I go down various possibilities with new plans, they all seem to fall short of the original vision and mission of what these training programs are intended to do. Trust me, I have been more determined than ever to keep fun, safe happenings going on through this pandemic, and we at iDaph Events have successfully produced safe, socially-distanced and wave and rolling start style events over the past few months. However, this method for these particular programs just do not meet the need of the community and the purpose of what they are supposed to do.

The safety risks due to the pandemic are just too high to potentially endanger the lives of our community members — many of whom are older — because these programs are group-based with very little opportunity for social distancing.

It seems that there really is no other choice for the 2020/2021 AVL WBL and WSL , that we just cannot conduct either of these programs this year in the safe and collaborative environment to which we are accustomed.

Instead, we will focus on having an even better 2021! We will continue to gather donations for the iDream Athletic Foundation through iDaph Events that we are able to produce safely, and these funds will help build an even stronger athletic community in the near future. We also have some money that we can award as ‘community-based’ scholarships for adult athletes that may be struggling to purchase equipment that is needed to keep training or to pay for a dream race.

We encourage you to keep pushing towards your athletic goals and find other ways to stay motivated this winter. In fact, I would love for you all to share the creative ways you are staying motivated on the bike as the cold weather settles in..

Keep dreaming about a not-so-far-away future where we can gather in close groups once again and share our common goal for fitness.

Past iDaph Blogs

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

A note from Daphne... It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy...

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

  A 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...

A trio of Upcoming Holiday-themed events

A trio of Upcoming Holiday-themed events

We all know this year has been a bit ‘ho-ho-hum’, but here at iDaph Events we are keeping the energy and motivation high in our community by gearing up for three fun and festive holiday-themed races. Our upcoming in-person running events will kick off the holidays in a healthy, family-friendly and socially-distanced manner, as we invite our running community to help celebrate the holiday season with close friends and family — and kiss 2020 good-bye!

Each of our iDaph events have limited participation numbers and they all include distanced wave starts to allow for plenty of spacing between runners. Face coverings are required before and after the event, and all iDaph staff members and volunteers are required to wear masks. Each race is unique and requires a separate set of guidelines. For a list of COVID-19 guidelines being implemented at each event, please visit the event’s website page.

South Asheville Turkey Trot

PLEASE NOTE: THE IN-PERSON 5K IS SOLD OUT! BUT RUNNERS CAN STILL SIGN UP FOR THE VIRTUAL OPTION AND GET THE COOL SWAG.

The Third Annual Biltmore Park Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th. Join us for this fun and festive annual tradition at our IN-PERSON 5K (also with a virtual race option) that winds through the scenic and FLAT Fletcher Park. The 2020 in-person event has been moved from Biltmore Park Town Square to Fletcher Park to allow for extended wave starts. Wave starts, along with limited participation, will offer social distancing between runners and are part of our safe and responsible race planning. Runners will select a wave start when they register online.

The South Asheville Turkey Trot offers runners, walkers, and trotters a chip-timed race, a fully-marked 5k course, with super-cool, commemorative spinny, finisher medals, a Run.Now.Gobble.Later shirt and an opportunity to win prizes and awards for the overall, masters and age group categories.

Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country and Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. Join us at Fletcher Park and enjoy some fresh air and exercise before gathering around the table for your Thanksgiving feast! You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition. We also have a virtual option with fun Turkey swag included. You can run the same course on your own or wherever you want to run or walk and submit your results online by Sunday, November 29th to be eligible for additional prizes and awards.

For more information visit https://idaph.net/south-asheville-turkey-trot.

Ugly Sweater Run 5K, 10K & Challenge

Get ready to swagger in your sweater (your UGLY sweater, that is), and join us for the inaugural Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K at the Riveter in Mills River, NC. Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K, 10K & Challenge hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. 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.

If you’ve never been to the Riveter, you are in for a treat. The fitness facility opened its doors in 2019 and is the first indoor bike park and climbing gym combo in the nation. Located closely to Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and the Asheville Regional Airport, the facility offers outdoor activity and environmental sustainability with a 40,000 square foot facility located above a 10-acre working farm that leads to the French Broad River.

The business is based on adventure fitness and has a 16,000+ square feet of climbing terrain, 18,000+ square feet of progressive jump lines, drop training, and the first Velosolutions Pump Park in the country. The facility also has a beautiful yoga studio, a spin studio, community space, libation station (fancy word for a really cool bar), retail shop, and outdoor courses including a cross-country perimeter trail around the farm.

For more information visit https://idaph.net/ugly-sweater-run/.

Kiss 2020 Goodbye! Run a 5k, 10k, or BOTH in downtown Asheville

Registration for the Annual New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville is set to open November 12th at noon! Let’s kiss 2020 goodbye and celebrate with what we love to do most: RUN! The Resolution Run offers socially-distanced wave starts and this year will have a 5k, 10k, plus a Challenge distance where you can run both! We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run, walk 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.

The New Year’s Resolution Run will look a bit different this year. The 10k distance is very popular among our community of runners, so we have replaced the 10 Mile distance with a brand new 10k option. For those endurance runners still looking for a distance challenge on New Year’s Day, the 5k and 10k can both be run, back-to-back so runners can get in a 15k or 9.3 miles.

Baires Food Truck will be at the Resolution Run selling their infamous breakfast empanada, a special New Year’s empanadas and hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee. Cash and card accepted. Website Event website page coming soon.

Visit https://idaph.net/resolution-run for updates!

Check out our past iDaph Blogs

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

A note from Daphne... It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy...

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

2021 Let’s do this! iDaph Events Schedule

  A 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...