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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!

THIS EVENT IS HAPPENING RAIN OR SHINE!

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.

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO TRANSFER TO VIRTUAL

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

Podcast

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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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! 

SIGN UP FOR THE SERIES BY AUGUST 12TH AND ENTER TO WIN A FREE ONE-HOUR MASSAGE BY YAM! FASTEST OVERALL MALE AND FEMALE RUNNERS WILL ALSO WIN A FREE PAIR OF MIZUNO RUNNING SHOES! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS! 

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.

FEELING FAST? OUR FASTEST OVERALL MALE & FEMALE RUNNERS WILL WIN A FREE PAIR OF MIZUNOS!

Mizuno running shoes

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

T shirt

THIS IS A DOG FRIENDLY EVENT!

runner with dog on leash

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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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.

READ OUR BLOG ABOUT JENN STANTON AND RICKY FLYNN

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/

Testimonials

“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

Podcast

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

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Asheville Triathlon: Swim Start List

Asheville Triathlon: Swim Start List

Welcome Everyone to the 2020 Asheville Triathlon! 

If you haven’t already… 

#1 Please READ through our DIGITAL EVENT GUIDE for 2020 Asheville Triathlon!

#2 You can also LISTEN to our Podcast with race info HERE

#3 CHECK OUT THE HUB MAP HERE and get familiar with the event hub before you arrive on race day. 

To find your wave and start time, search for your name on the Official Swim Start Lists below:

 

Wave 1: Orange 

Wave 2: Green 

Wave 3: Blue

Wave 4: Purple

Wave 5: Yellow

SWIM START LIST ORGANIZED BY WAVE START

SWIM START LIST BY NAME

 

Info about the order/wave start list and how it will work on race day….

• Swim start waves have been assigned based on the swim time you submitted when you registered.

• Participants are assigned a wave start, rather than an exact start time. It is a ‘rolling’ wave start. 

• The PT Solutions provided, socially distanced ‘circle’ spots are the locations that you will stand around the pool to wait for your start. These are first come, first serve, within the wave. There is no ‘order’ to folks within the wave that you are in. Everyone that is in your wave submitted a similar swim start time. 

• Please do not arrive early for your swim start wave. This isn’t an event to just stand around and hang out.

• You will only be allowed onto the pool deck 5 minutes prior to your swim wave. • There are NO swim warm-ups.

•  We are limiting the number of participants in the pool zone at one time. 

 

When you go to the pool to start you will:

#1 Put your shoes for the swim to bike transition, under the picnic shelter. This is the side exit area for the swim finish that is to the far left side of the pool when facing the building from the parking lot. (see hub map)

Then next…

#2 Have a brief COVID19 screening and get your temperature checked by PT Solutions right before you enter the MAIN ENTRANCE of the pool (see hub map).
Then next…

#3 You will find the next available ‘SPOT’ on the pool deck to stand on. Get in line.

 

#4 These circles are socially distanced around the pool deck.
#5 Participants will start approximately every minute, and will jump into the pool at the deep end. (for swim flow and maps see Event Guide)
#6 Participants will move up in line, onto a new circle in front of them as participants start their swim.

Can’t wait to see you on Sunday morning!

 

 

 

 

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Pop Up 5K at Fletcher Park

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New Event: Pop Up 5K & Virtual Challenge

No frills - just run! Come join us at Fletcher Park for our Pop-up 5k in the Park Series!

You can also participate in the Pop Up 5K Virtual Challenge at any park, anytime!

by Stephanie Buss

What is a Pop Up 5K? Basically, it’s a fun spin on a regular 5k. Just show up, pay $10 for a chipped bib (or $50 for the series), and you can start anytime between 6-8pm and run a timed 5K all by yourself (or with a close family member/partner). No water stations. No beer at the finish line. But does it matter?

Well, yeah. But these are COVID-19 times! And we know you just want to get your ‘run’ on and enjoy a challenge again at a (somewhat) real event! 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.

Here are the deets

This is iDaph’s newest, creative and socially distant event. Our iDaph Team will be at Fletcher Park every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from July through September to offer you a bib and a chip timed 5K event for $10. Sign up for all 6 races for just $50 to receive a super comfy, awesome t-shirt and a commemorative series medal, and to be included in our series scoring and win prizes!

Don’t fee 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.

$1 from every registration will go to the Fletcher Park Development Fund for enhancing and adding sitting and shaded areas within the park.

Let’s have some fun running together safely this summer. Just show up, sign up from your smart phone, and RUN!

OMG there’s SWAG too?

Everyone who signs up and participates in the Wedneday, July 8th pop up event gets a free iDaph buff, vintage style.

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:

• The 5 most improved participants from the first event to the last event (male and female)

• The top 10 best series/challenge scores (male and female). These scores will be based on each participant’s four fastest runs.

• More awards categories will be announced as we go along!

Here’s what we are doing to keep our in-person events as safe as possible for everyone:

• 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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