Asheville Half Marathon voted best half marathon in North Carolina

Asheville Half Marathon voted best half marathon in North Carolina

The Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate recognized as Best Half Marathon in North Carolina 

The results are in! We are super excited to announce that the Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate has been recognized by RaceRaves as the top half marathon in North Carolina.

RaceRaves, the leading online race finder and reviews community for runners of all levels, has announced the winners of its “Runners Choice: Best Half Marathons in the U.S.” poll. The top race in each state was crowned based on votes from thousands of runners across the country.

Common themes among the winning events include exceptional production and on-course support, strong community involvement, and a course that showcases the beauty and attractions of the local region.

Due to the popular demand of the half marathon distance, Race Director Daphne Kirkwood, added the 13.1 event to the Asheville Marathon in 2014. The half marathon is a perfect distance for busy runners to stay motivated through the winter months to run and to be able to train for and accomplish as a spring race goal. 

“This boutique style half marathon event is purposefully limited in participant size, so we can spoil all our runners with a fantastic, memorable running experience,” says Daphne. “What a gift to show up at this event in March (after months of training in the winter months) and get to run entirely on the private estate at Biltmore! It is an unforgettable experience and we are honored to have been named the Best Half Marathon in the State of North Carolina.”

About the Asheville Half MarathonSituated on nearly 7,000 acres of private land in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Biltmore Estate is the perfect venue for a “unique, picturesque” half marathon. Run entirely on Estate grounds, the mostly paved and moderately hilly course guides runners past manicured gardens, through hardwood forests and along the French Broad River culminating with a visit to Biltmore House, the centerpiece of Biltmore Estate and, with four acres of floor space and 250 rooms, the largest privately owned home in the United States.

Asheville is a course so nice, you’ll want to run it twice — and you can with the Backyard to Backyard Challenge, in which runners complete the half marathon course on both Saturday and Sunday to earn bragging rights and exclusive swag.

 This initiative exemplifies our passion and commitment to help runners discover the best races across the country,” said RaceRaves Co-founder Mike Sohaskey. “We’re fired up by the enthusiastic response from runners nationwide, and we congratulate the Asheville Half Marathon on this well-deserved accolade.”

 The complete list of winning half marathons by state is available on RaceRaves.com. 

About RaceRaves

Founded in 2014, RaceRaves.com is the leading online race finder and reviews community for runners of all levels to share their experiences and find their next challenge.

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How to keep a positive attitude

How to keep a positive attitude

Mental Resilience: How to stay mentally strong

by Daphne Kirkwood

We all have ‘stuff’ in our lives that gives us a gut punch when we least expect it. I have had a few big ones — the ones that send you through the air and knock you off your feet. The blows that take your breath away and leave you stunned. The hit that feels like you are not in your own body, that you are watching your life in a movie. Yes, those hits are what I am talking about.

So what happens to your mind and attitude when you are hit with life-changing health news, a tragic discovery about your child’s safety and well-being, or you have a sudden loss? Do you accept things as they come? Or do you fight the change and difficulty?

“You have been assigned this mountain so that you can show others it can be moved.”
~ Mel Robbins

Our minds are extremely powerful, and we all have the ability to choose how we are going to react when these major life hardships come our way. When I found out I had lymphoma, I went through all the emotional stages of shock, fear and grief, but I didn’t allow myself to stay in the despair stage very long. I chose to believe that there was hope, that there were positive outcomes available. I also trusted that I was under the best possible care and support.

All of these positive thoughts helped me continue to have a positive attitude and outlook towards my life, even in the midst of the terrible health news and pain that I was in. When time passed and I felt like I needed more support for my overall well-being and ‘whole self,’ I sought out additional resources. I didn’t wait for the professionals or people in my support network to find this for me. You have to become your own advocate for your life. After all you only have one opportunity at this life, and it is NOW.

Here are four mental strategies for resiliency that have helped me when huge stressors show up:

1. Accept the new normal and adapt to it. Rather than continuing to look back at the past and waiting for ‘the good days’ to come back, acknowledge change has happened and that this is the new normal.

2. Think and Live every day in a way that allows you to thrive in the new normal that is here now.

3. A better world exists — we just have to make room for it in our lives. It is very difficult to see the ‘good’ in tragedy when you are in the thick of it, but by trusting that there is a silver lining and something good will come from it, this allows us to stay positive and maintain a hopeful outlook even in the midst of a crisis.

4. Do what you can with the wisdom and energy that you currently have, and then accept that this is enough for now.

In my years of being a competitive athlete, I have had my fair share of running injuries. In fact, I’m dealing with a hurt calf muscle right now. Fifteen years ago, sports related injuries really jacked me up mentally, physically and emotionally. Now when I get an injury, I assess the issue, tend to it immediately by doing research as to what it is, and then start treating it (RICE). Then I shift my mindset to a more positive outlook instead of allowing myself to get into the depths of despair!

Not being active while I am injured is not an option, so I alter my physical exercise plans according to what my body can still do while being injured. This positive approach helps me heal. The mind and body needs positive energy, not a negative mindset to get better. Sometimes injuries are the universe’s way of telling us to take a break from something, to rest that part of our body and to try something new.

Instead of getting frustrated because I can’t do what I want to do (such as run), I direct my thoughts to the positive. After all, I can still exercise! I then create a positive attitude for myself about the fun I am going to have while mixing up the daily routine with some new exercise regimen.

Whether you are going through personal hardships for physical injury, illness, or health, remember how powerful your mind is. You can control your attitude and how you react to adversity and crisis!

Ways to maintain a healthy, positive outlook in the midst of hardship

Hardships will come and go and suffering will come and go. Knowing these hardships are only temporary have helped me get through even if they feel like they are lasting forever.

Ask yourself: How do you want to feel? Knowing how you want to feel is one of the most important things you can create in your life. It allows you to be present with your emotions and to allow yourself to positively change your mind and attitude.

You choose your thoughts and what you allow your mind to spend time thinking about. If you don’t want to dwell on the thought that is in your mind, let it pass through your mind. Be an onlooker of the thought. Allow it to move in and then out of your mind without dwelling on it obsessively. If I can’t rid my mind of a thought and it causes overactive brain or obsessive thinking about it, I will talk about it with a friend or I will write about it in my journal. This helps me process the thought and then get it out.

Staying positive has helped me to get through the hard spots that have come up in life. It also has allowed me to use the amount of energy I am allotted each day to continue to be a positive force in this world.  Share with us on our social media channels, how you keep a positive attitude through the hardships.

“You have to become your own advocate for your life. After all you only have one opportunity at this life, and it is NOW.”

Daphne Kirkwood

Race Director and Owner , iDaph Events & Timing

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Join our Team: Part-Time Timing Assistant & Google Adwords Assistance

Join our Team: Part-Time Timing Assistant & Google Adwords Assistance

iDaph events exists to make memorable life experiences at our events for participants of all levels and abilities. We are a small group of active people who seek to bring events to life and create an environment full of fun, achievement and enjoyment. We work hard and play hard and have a desire to be successful. We design and produce approximately 20+ events per year including a marathon, other running events, triathlons, cycling, kids events and other multi-sport events.

We are seeking passionate, event-type individuals with tremendous energy and drive; highly productive and detailed individuals who take initiative and are confident in their communications and produce results. This job is not for the faint of heart, as neither is the special events industry.  Physical labor, heavy lifting and working weekends, holidays and long hours during event weekends are imperative to one’s success in this role. The ideal candidates should already understand this from personal experience if he or she meets the requirements set forth in the expectations of those applying for this job.

While iDaph Events has been officially operating since 2011, our company operates closer to a start-up with all team members wearing multiple hats and committing directly to the bottom line success of iDaph Events.

Part-Time, As Needed, Event Timing Assistant

As the Event Timing Assistant you will be responsible for assisting with the timing operations for an event with the timing team. This job would be a good fit for you if you enjoy manual labor and working technology in a fast-paced environment, and you don’t get flustered easily. You can focus your attention to detail and enjoy problem solving. If you don’t know the answer you will search until you find it.

Physical labor, heavy lifting and working weekends, holidays and long hours during races is a requirement. This jobs will require weekend and evening work and would be outside in any and all types of weather conditions. Find out more here!

Have you got what it takes to join our awesome team? If so, submit a resume, letter of interest, availability and your salary or hourly pay requirements to events@idaph.net. We can’t wait to see what sort of awesome people our community can lend us in the professional capacity!

 

Part-Time Google Adwords Assistance

We are looking for an EXPERIENCED Google Adwords Campaign guru! We currently are running Google Adwords Campaigns for iDaph Events, Asheville Marathon & Half and our nonprofit, iDream Foundation. You will be creating Adwords campaigns, monitoring them and providing reporting.

We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have experience placing ads, remarketing, etc. Google certfication and experience with nonprofit Google Adwords campaigns is a PLUS!

If interested, please send resume to events@idaph.net. Please include a brief description on why you would like for us to hire you, and your resume.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Asheville Off Road Series: Three Events in One Day at the Biltmore Estate

Asheville Off Road Series: Three Events in One Day at the Biltmore Estate

Take in the breathtaking scenery at Biltmore Estate

The Asheville Off-Road Series at Biltmore Estate consists of three amazing sport events in one day: A Duathlon, a Gravel Grinder, and a 10K Off Road Run. You can run. You can bike. You can run and bike!  Relay teams and all levels of athletes and abilities are welcome.

This event will take you to some of the most beautiful and serence trails on the Biltmore property, including trails that cannot be accessed by every day guests.

Join endurance athletes of all abilities on Sunday, September 15th and step to the start line. REGISTER HERE! 

Duathlon

The Asheville Duathlon, is a 5k road run, 13.25 mile off-road bike, and a final 5k packed dirt off-road run. The off-road bike is a non-technical trail on the west side of the estate,  typically off-limits to regular guests. Individual participants or 2 or 3 person relay teams available. Kids can join in on the fun too!  The bike rider must be at least 10 years old for any relay team. There is not a Du 4 kids option available in the 2017 events.

Gravel Grinder

The Asheville Gravel Grinder Bike Events come packed with something for every type of rider, a 20, 40 or 60 mile option. Whether you are a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior or scenery seeking rider, these events are for you! The Gravel Grinder Bike races are the only bike events at the estate that allows the participant to access the front of Biltmore House on their bike.

10K Off Road Run

The Asheville 10k Run at Biltmore features a newly designed, off-road 10k, featuring some paved, packed dirt and trail that takes the runner to a marvelous adventure with views of the Biltmore House the average guest does not get to see.

Experience Biltmore like never before. Join us for cooler temperatures in September!

Click here to read out latest Email Blast and shop for Asheville Off Road Series Jerseys & Merchandise!

REGISTER FOR THE ASHEVILLE OFF ROAD SERIES HERE! 

 

Need a bike?

No bike? No problem! You can rent a bike for gravel, cyclocross or mountain bike for the event. Asheville Bicycle Company is our premier, local bike shop support for the Asheville Off Road Series and they are happy to help. They will even bring the bike out to the event for you. Please reach out to Craig if you are interested in a bike rental - (828) 774-5215.

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Miles aren’t long with friends by your side

Miles aren’t long with friends by your side

by Stephanie Miller If you’ve run a 5K in the Asheville area, chances are you’ve seen two ladies dressed in matching outfits with smiles on their faces looking like they’re having the time of their lives. They may be wearing tu-tus and tiaras, glow-in-the-dark running...

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Running a race on mixed surface

by Tom Mangan "Running a race on mixed surface and terrain can be better on your body during the race and for post-race recovery." How does that commercial go…I’m no doctor, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. Disclaimers away, here it goes. We runners...

We are Growing! iDaph Events is Hiring: Marketing Coordinator

We are Growing! iDaph Events is Hiring: Marketing Coordinator

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While iDaph Events has been officially operating since 2011, our company operates closer to a start-up with all team members wearing multiple hats and committing directly to the bottom line success of iDaph Events.

This job is not for the faint of heart, as neither is the special events industry.  Physical labor, heavy lifting and working weekends, holidays and long hours during event weekends are imperative to the success of this role. The ideal candidate should already understand this from personal experience if he or she meets the requirements set forth in the expectations of those applying for this job.

This job will require independent work during the week, mostly in front of the computer and the occasional weekend work would be outside in any and all types of weather conditions. There is some flexibility with this job (part-time or full-time) and the ability to work remotely. We are looking to fill this position immediately.

The person in this position will be expected to understand, embrace, and execute the vision of iDaph Events and to conduct business professionally at all times.

Marketing Coordinator

Daily/weekly/monthly responsibilities:

  • Maintain and update the company website (s) with graphic design and content on a regular basis.
  • Assist with redesigning efforts on our WordPress website and webpages.
  • Update existing logos and promotional designs, create event print materials including but not limited to - posters, postcards, t-shirt designs, maps and banners.
  • Assist with the upkeep, content creation and design of social media campaigns and create photo banners and promotional items for these campaigns.
  • Assist with content creation for blogs on a weekly basis.
  • Responsible for keeping our social media pages updated daily.
  • Create, edit and organize eblasts through Mailchimp for events and blogs
  • Attend and assist at our events on our race calendar.

 

Qualifications

  • Four-year college degree in Marketing or Business preferred
  • Photoshop, Illustrator and other photo editing experience is required
  • Experience with Social Media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest
  • Experience with WordPress and Mailchimp (or email newsletters) preferred.
  • Direct experience in planning endurance events is optimal but not required
  • Minimum two years experience in customer-service related role
  • Driver’s license
  • CPR/AED and First Aid Certification preferred
  • Experience with driving truck and trailers preferred*

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Positive and energetic personality
  • ‘Can-do’, Flexible and adaptable attitude and disposition
  • Passion for details
  • Creative artistic tendencies and the ability to create original ideas and concepts
  • Operate with the mindset in which one owns his or her actions, expectations and performance
  • Ability to work independently, in a fast-paced environment and multi-task
  • Willing to travel, work weekends and holidays and to put in extended hours as required or requested
  • Flexible with mobile office working conditions including home, virtual offices, coffee shops and any other environment that allows for laptop work
  • Comfortable, familiar, and open to technology including but not limited to Google Apps, MS Office, Apple products and applications
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism and friendliness to all clients, government officials, community leaders, business owners, vendors, company stakeholders, co-workers, volunteers and event attendees
  • Ability to present a calm and confident energy during critical moments and/or crises
  • Operate with a strategic business mindset.
  • Excited to be part of a growing business and own his or her contribution to its success (and enjoying having this kind of responsibility!)

 

Schedule (part-time or full-time) and Salary/Benefits Negotiable

If you are available to begin working with us immediately and meet the requirements set forth in the job description, please submit resume with salary (full-time) or hourly (part-time) pay expectations and a cover letter to events@idaph.net by Friday, February 22nd at NOON EST.