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. 

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!


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.


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.

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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.

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Black Bear Half Marathon Pre-Event Information

Black Bear Half Marathon Pre-Event Information

2020 Black Bear Half Marathon on Saturday, October 10, 2020. logo

We can’t wait to cheer you on at the Black Bear Half Marathon on  Saturday, October 10th at Jackson Park in Hendersonville, NC. Thank you for supporting our event and our small business. Please check here for updates as we get closer to race day!


Transferring to Virtual

If you are interested in transferring your in-person running event to Virtual, here’s how!

Visit our registration page in Race Roster by clicking HERE. You can transfer up until 7am on race day. There are instructions on the Race Roster page AND at the link below.


Hot Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and more! 

Bare Bones Coffee House will be at the Black Bear Half event this Saturday selling their delicious brew and other hot beverages! Check out their website for more info. They do accept cash or card! BARE BONES BREW HAUS WEBSITE

Interactive Digital Event Guide

Click here to access our Digital Interactive Event Guide! This guide will tell you everything you need to know for the Black Bear Half, such as packet pick-up information, the course, what to expect, and more!

Black Bear Half Hub Map

Click here to access the Black Bear Half Hub Map. This guide will tell you everything you need to know for the Black Bear Half, such as packet pick-up information, the course, what to expect, and more

Black Bear Half Marathon map


Listen to our iDaph Events Podcast for pre-event information about the Black Bear Half. Download on Apple iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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Pop Up 5K Highlights | What’s next for August

Pop Up 5K Highlights | What’s next for August

mom and son crossing finish line at pop up 5k

Last chance to join the series and win prizes!

Join us virtually or in person!

Our new Pop Up 5K in the Park series is in full swing, and we have fully enjoyed seeing our local community of runners show up and run!

What is Pop Up 5K in the Park? This is our newest 5K event! Our iDaph Team sets up a marked course every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Fletcher Park. You can sign up before the event or at the Park, where we will give you a chipped bib, and time your run. When you start, you’ll be all by yourself (or with a close friend and/or family member), and when you cross the finish line we will cheer you on from a safe 6 feet away. Your results are then posted online, and if you join the series you are eligible for a cool medal, t-shirt, and prizes.

Don’t miss out on prizes! 


Your registration fee also helps support our small business, and Fletcher Park. $1 from every registration will go to the Fletcher Park Development Fund for enhancing and adding sitting and shaded areas within the park.

“Due to COVID-19, supporting small businesses is more important than ever,” says Daphne Kirkwood, owner and Race Director of iDaph Events. “Our Pop Up 5K is a fun way to give back, push yourself, and have a little fun.”

The Pop Up 5K takes place 6pm — 8pm, and you can run anytime during that time. We ask that you wear a mask before and after the event, but not during, and we ask that you start as soon as you sign up to avoid any build of crowds.

It’s $10 for one run, $50 for the series.

August 12th race time is the last day to join the series! You must run 4 out of the 6 events to be counted in the series. Want a free t-shirt and medal? Sign up for series and be eligible to win both PLUS prizes.  In-Person and Virtual series/challenge scoring will be based on the 4 fastest times from each participant. For that reason, in-person participants must show up to at least four races, and virtual participants must submit at least four times to be eligible for awards. Other awards will be given out to the following finishers:

We will still be cheering you on while you run - but from a safe, 6 feet away! We want to motivate you to run and stay healthy, offer some stress relief, and have a whole lot of fun.

We have a virtual run option too

Don’t feel comfortable showing up for an in-person event? We totally understand. You can still have fun and show your support by signing up for the Pop Up in the 5K Park Virtual Challenge and run at any park of your choosing, at any time. Your results will be easily submitted from your electronic device through our online registration.


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Sign up for the SERIES and get a free t-shirt and medal! 

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Here’s what we are doing to keep our in-person events as safe as possible for everyone and adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines


• There will be no mass gathering at the start line. The rolling start will be from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

• The start and finish lines will be separate to avoid having too many people together at once.

• All staff/volunteers will be required to wear a face covering during the event.

• Participants are encouraged to wear a face covering until the event starts and then put it back on after they are finished running/walking in the event.

• Unfortunately, with social distancing measures in place, we will not have a finish line ‘experience’ of music, hanging out and waiting on the results or an awards ceremony. After you are finished with your race, we ask that participants head out of the finish/venue area.

• We will provide hand sanitizer stations, and will continually wipe down frequently used surfaces.

• Increased portajons with hand sanitizer at the park.

• Participants will not be permitted to form in groups. They must maintain 6 foot distancing while in the start/finish area, in the event hub.

Think you’re ready to run a 5K? We know you’ve been running — A LOT! Come and join this fun 5K and help support a great cause. We hope to see you there!


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Asheville Triathlon Recap: How we put on a triathlon during coronavirus

Asheville Triathlon Recap: How we put on a triathlon during coronavirus

John Smith and Connor Smith with masks on at Asheville Triathlon

With just over 100 participants on Sunday, July 19th, the iDaph Events team proved that, with an abundance of planning and safety precautions, successful live endurance events are still a possibility for our community.  Participants donned face coverings before and after the event, had their temperatures checked and kept themselves socially distanced from other participants. Those safety precautions certainly didn’t hinder the irreplaceable excitement of an in-person event, and participants were happy to be racing again in a competitive environment. 

“This coronavirus has really forced us to make some big changes in the endurance event industry,” says Daphne Kirkwood, Owner of iDaph Events and Race Director for the Asheville Triathlon event.  “And there just isn’t a cookie cutter way to design and produce an in-person event during a pandemic. But I’m really happy with how safely everything turned out for this in-person, multi-sport event.”

Patton Park was a great alternative to our previous venue in Asheville, due to its proximity to the Oklawaha Greenway, and its large 50 meter pool. Patton Park is maintained by the YMCA of Western North Carolina and owned by the City of Hendersonville. 

Race Results - Top Finishers

The overall female and male winners and new course record holders of the Asheville Triathlon in Hendersonville, were Jenn Stanton and Ricky Flynn. Jenn Stanton is a pro triathlete from Charlotte, NC and had a time of 1:15:46. Ricky Flynn, also a pro triathlete and from Greenville, SC, completed the course in 58:23.


Sonni Dryer, who’s the head triathlon coach for Queens University in Charlotte, was 2nd in the men’s division with a time of 1:05:22. Abby Smith was the second place female finisher with a time of 01:16:38. Abby’s brother, Connor Smith, came in third in the overall male category with a time of 01:06:18. Both Abby and Connor are locals, and currently attend Asheville School. CLICK HERE FOR RACE RESULTS

Changes due to COVID-19

In order to ensure the participant’s safety, transition zones looked a bit different this year. Instead of having bike racks set up in a typical transition zone, participants were asked to transition at their vehicles. With a sprawling parking lot dedicated to the transition zone, participants were asked to keep all of their equipment, bikes and gear in their vehicles. 

“This type of transition provided a contactless and socially distanced event throughout the entire transition from swim to bike, and from bike to run,” Daphne said. “And people could just keep their bikes on their bike racks at their cars until they got into transition. It went really well. They had plenty of room to set up their things in front of, behind, beside and or in the median/grass area. We also had spaces in between some cars giving additional space.”

The swim format also looked different this year. This year, participants were given a wave start time based on the swim time they submitted when they signed up for the event. They were given a  full minute before the next swimmer entered the pool, which usually gave them an entire lane to themselves. We also socially-distanced participants, 6 feet apart using circular, removable stickers on the pool deck, while they were waiting for their turn to swim. We never had more than 25 swimmers at the pool or on the deck at a time. Everything was very spaced out from start to finish. No spectators were allowed at the pool or at the finish line. 

“Overall, the event took a few hours longer to get everyone through the swim, which is quite a change from the Asheville Triathlon in the past, but that was our way of making sure swimmers were properly spaced apart, socially-distanced and safe,” Daphne said. 

Other changes to the event included increased signage regarding safety protocols and sanitization, temperature checks at the entrance (conducted by PT Solutions), a drive through packet pickup the day before the event, and the absence of an after-race party. Participants were asked to bring their own nutrition and water, and to wear masks before and after the event. Spectators were asked to wear masks at all times, and were limited to a small number of designated, socially distanced spectator cheer zones on the course.

The event did have its hiccups…

There was some confusion at this year’s event out on the bike course, and that’s where the presence of volunteers were sorely missed. 

“We had to cut back on volunteers this year due to COVID and, although we tried to emphasize prior to the event that participants should check out the race resources with our social media course previews, course maps, a digital event guide and pre-ride or drive the courses, not everyone took advantage of these opportunities. In a socially-distanced event participants really have to pay attention to where they are going. Since there is so much space in between participants it is nearly impossible to follow someone around on the courses.  I know when you’re in RACE MODE it’s sometimes easy to miss course markings on the pavement and yard signs with arrows, etc. Next time we will continue to emphasize the importance of knowing the courses and the markings.” said Daphne. 

“The bike route had a quarter mile gravel section on it so that didn’t work well with some of the narrow tires on triathlon and road bikes,” Daphne added, “and there was some talk of the transition between swim to bike and bike to run, being too long, which unfortunately is difficult to change considering the location of the event and spacing protocols necessary for a safe event.”

“But, all in all, people said they would come back and do it again! In fact, according to our race survey, 83 percent said they would come back in September and/or next summer if we decided to have this same event in the same location. We took a lot of time to plan this event with safety and social distancing in mind, and we took the pandemic very seriously throughout the entire event. It was great to see people racing again and having fun. We had to get creative and do a lot of meticulous planning, and it was worth it!”

The Asheville Triathlon was a strong boost for the local economy. Most of the participants were from the Asheville area, but almost 40% of participants traveled 50 miles or more to attend. Because of its success, iDaph Events is planning to hold another triathlon at a future date at the same location. Details will be posted at https://idaph.net/


“iDaph did a fabulous job putting on the event with the location switch - everything from the drive through packet pick up to a rolling swim start and finish line bags to-go. It was definitely a different race day experience, but it worked.” ~ Jenn Stanton, female overall winner. 

I thought the race did a good job with using specific COVID protocols in order to make it a safe and fun experience for everyone. ~ Ricky Flynn


“Thanks for a great race and race plan. I felt safer racing yesterday than going to the grocery store.” ~ Carlton Beverly Cooper

“Just wanted to say thank you so much for an incredible event this morning. It was my first tri and it was a blast - felt safe, so so organized, and positive. I know there ended up being some challenges with the bike but you guys truly put  on an amazing event..” ~ Catherine Beck


Listen to our AVL Triathlon post event recap podcast covering the event details from start to finish. 

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