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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.

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Update: Trick or Trail 5k & Spooky Sprint One Mile

Update: Trick or Trail 5k & Spooky Sprint One Mile

Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint

The 2020 event is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th. Registration opening soon!

Trick and Trail and Spooky Sprint participants! Typically this time of year we have registration opened up for the event in October. But due to the pandemic and it’s impact on all aspects of this event, we wanted to ensure that we could still secure the same location and provide you a socially-distanced and safe, run experience before we opened up registration. The 2nd part we have covered, as we have been producing a brand new format of run events that are socially-distanced and safe over the past couple months. The location has been the tricky part for this event.

We received word from Dupont that the State Forest is not allowing any events to start/finish or run through Dupont this fall/winter. They have been severly impacted by the pandemic and aren’t able to host events and happenings there. We are bummed, but completely understand that these are wacky and difficult times for everyone, everywhere!

 

We are working diligently on finding an alternate location that would allow for a small, social-distanced, rolling start format event with plenty of space and room for the event to take place. We will keep you posted. We will only open up registration when we have a location that is 100% confirmed for the event.

Thank you all for your continued interest in this run. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we can find an equally awesome location so you can enjoy this experience again in 2020 (socially-distanced of course!). Keep watching our website for updates regarding event registration. 

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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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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