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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.

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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Virtual Races 2020

Virtual Races 2020

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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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Virtual Races 2020

Virtual Races 2020

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Setting goals: How the Asheville Triathlon is providing stress relief for Certified Athletic Trainer Crystal Shirk

Setting goals: How the Asheville Triathlon is providing stress relief for Certified Athletic Trainer Crystal Shirk

“It helps me have a reason to get outside and breathe fresh air, and not be cooped up all the time. With reduced hours, moving around and being active is what I needed. It really did help me a lot.” ~ Crystal Shirk

For health care workers on the front line, sport training helps to reduce stress

Now that pools are reopening, Crystal Shirk is back in the water at 6am to get in her lap time. She is training for her first triathlon this summer, the Asheville Triathlon, a sprint tri being put on in Hendersonville July 19th. 

“I love trying something new,” says Crystal. “I love the challenge and the excitement of knowing you have an event coming up.”

The triathlon is good timing for Crystal. When COVID-19 hit, her job as a certified athletic trainer at a local high school changed dramatically. Her hours were reduced, and she and her fellow peers were asked to screen patients at Urgent Care for coronavirus symptoms, putting them directly on the front line of the pandemic. 

To help alleviate stress and stay motivated, Crystal, revved up her running and cycling.

“It helps me have a reason to get outside and breathe fresh air, and not be cooped up all the time,” Crystal says. “With reduced hours, moving around and being active is what I needed. It really did help me a lot.”

Setting a goal

Crystal is very goal-oriented, so when sport events were cancelled in March, it became more difficult to stay motivated and stick to a training plan. The Asheville Triathlon offers her an event to look forward to and work towards.

“I need to have a purpose,” she says. 

During COVID-19, Crystal also focused more on strength training and yoga. She found herself getting stronger, and now she feels more confident that she can complete a triathlon.

“I don’t want to go out and win it, I just want to do the best for me. I want to prove to myself that I can do it,” she says.

Returning to sport events 

Crystal says she understands numbers may be limited now at sport events, and protocols need to be put in place to keep everyone safe and adhere to current guidelines. As an athletic trainer, she is constantly working on bringing back events at the high school level. 

“That’s our daily talk right now,” she adds. 

When asked if she was nervous about returning to sport events, Crystal said she feels comfortable with it and is not afraid to do events again.

“Working in the healthcare industry…this doesn’t bother me,” she says. “I feel like in running events, being outdoors, I don’t worry about (COVID-19) as much.

“There’s going to be comfort levels. There’s going to be fears. Things have to return at some point. A select number of events here and there I think is a good idea.”

A sprint tri offers ‘doable’ distances for every level of athlete

The Asheville Triathlon course includes a 400 meter swim, a 12.5 mile bike course and a 5K run course. These distances make this sprint triathlon a good fit for every level of triathlete, and it’s a huge hit among locals who want to go out and try their best at a new sport.

“I think I’ll have fun doing it, and enjoy it,” Crystal adds.

Crystal is most afraid of swimming, she admits. But she knows she can swim at least 400 meters, which is the distance of the swim in the Asheville Triathlon. It’s mostly the transition she needs to practice at this point.

And no, she does not have a tri suit.

“I’ll probably wear a bathing suit with shorts,” she adds, laughing. “I don’t have an official suit.”

The Asheville Triathlon takes place on Sunday, July 19th, and changes have been put in place to address COVID-19. The location has been changed to Patton Park in Hendersonville, NC to ensure athletes are able to spread out and stay safely far enough apart from one another. The participant number has been limited, packet-pickup will be a drive-through option, and extra sanitizing precautions will be implemented. There is also a fun virtual option available where participants can swim, bike and run on their own time and still receive a shirt and medal. 

READ MORE ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THE ASHEVILLE TRIATHLON TO ENSURE A SAFE EVENT

Crystal lives in Black Mountain, NC with her two children and her husband, Conrad, who is also doing the Asheville Triathlon. Crystal is also an Asheville Marathon and Half AmbassadorWe look forward to cheering on Crystal and  Conrad in July! 

Virtual Races 2020

Virtual Races 2020

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Goals for 2020: Run without pain through chiropractic care

Goals for 2020: Run without pain through chiropractic care

by Stephanie Miller

Bryan Cable was experiencing a lot of hip pain during his longer runs, but like so many of us crazy runners, he figured that was just part of the sport. 

“I was always having hip problems after about six miles into my running,” Bryan said. “I always blamed my shoes!”

It could be the shoes, but most likely it had more to do with the two car accidents Bryan experienced while road cycling, one that ended in a hit-and-run that left him on the side of the road with two broken pelvic bones. After his injury, Bryan admits he came back to sports  “much too soon,” and overcompensated on his “good” side.

“I got out of alignment,” Bryan said.

Eventually he took up running, adding weight classes to build up his core and strength. But it was during those strength classes with his wife that he often noticed his form was off. His wife noticed too. 

 “My wife is big into kettlebells, and she would see me trying to swing one and I could not swing it correctly — even though I thought I was,” Bryan said. “I also kept arching my back during my workouts… I was always off. I tried swimming, but I couldn’t do the freestyle properly…I gave up on it.” 

Bryan, who is 54, also sits at a desk all day, which did not help his posture. He continued doing what he was doing and grinding through the pain, believing it was just part of getting older. Then he got a call that Bryan said “changed his life.”

Starting with AlignLife

Bryan is a regular participant at the Asheville Off Road Series, a multi-sport event put on by iDaph Events. This year he ran the 10K, and after the event he was the chosen winner of a free consultation with AlignLife Chiropractic and Natural Health Center, which is owned by Doctor Chris Boyhan and his wife, Heather. AlignLife was a sponsor for the Asheville Off Road Series, and they offered the free consultation as a prize. (AlignLife is also the sponsor for our upcoming New Year’s Resolution Run.)

When Bryan first got the call from iDaph announcing him as the winner, he was skeptical.

“I thought, ”What the heck is AlignLife? I’ve never heard of this. I don’t need a chiropractor.”

Bryan lives in Hickory, so driving the distance to East Asheville was also a factor. But after conducting some research, he decided to give AlignLife a try. He was immediately impressed by Dr. Boyhan’s process, which focuses on thoroughly educating patients so that they understand the value behind his techniques. The first session included taking x-rays and video of his spinal movement to help correctly pinpoint where the issues are.

Dr. Boyhan also uses thermography, which is a technique that measures heat from the nervous system. This shows him if the nervous system is stressed, such as chronic stress, which would keep someone from sleeping through the night.

A wake-up call

When Dr. Boyhan showed Bryan an x-ray of his spine compared to a “normal” spine, it shocked him. 

“I thought I was standing upright! That got my attention,” Bryan said. 

Dr. Boyhan explained that when our bodies get used to our “bad posture,” our brain can no longer recognize the difference between good and bad posture. That is why Bryan ran with his foot pointing out and couldn’t swing a kettlebell correctly. He thought he was doing things correctly, but his body had other ideas. 

After only a few sessions, Bryan says his hips are more in alignment and he is no longer dropping to one side during his runs. The best part? He has virtually no hip pain, he says, and his legs are feeling tired instead of the rest of his body. 

“That’s what’s supposed to happen!”

He also noticed more flexibility in his neck, and continues to do stretching and stability exercises to help with his posture and alignment. He stopped lifting weights - only for the time being - so he can focus on getting his body aligned. He even sits differently now, and he can feel the change in his body.

“You really have to train your brain to recognize what is correct and what isn’t,” he said. “Your brain has to be on board too.”

Bryan even brought his wife into the AlignLife office so she could see his x-rays with her own eyes. His wife fought back tears when she saw the x-rays. She had noticed he couldn’t do certain positions at the gym and in sports, and wondered why that was.

“She thought it was because I wasn’t doing it right,” Bryan said. 

Dr. Boyhan was happy to have Bryan’s wife come in and see his results with her own eyes.

“It’s important for partners to understand what is going on as well, because you need that support from your partner,” he said. He added that he is very happy with Bryan’s healing process and dedication to making positive changes.

Bryan runs regularly now and is a mentor for a half marathon training series with Fleet Feet Asheville. He recently completed his first half marathon and plans to do more. He continues to see Dr. Boyhan regularly, who is pleased with Bryan’s dedication and positive results. 

“Life doesn’t have to be that way,” said Dr. Boyhan. “There’s so many other people walking around thinking it’s normal or common (to feel that kind of pain), but it’s not normal. If Bryan didn’t make these changes, he would not be able to run in 5 to 10 years.”

AlignLife’s philosophy is to bridge the gap from health care to personal development, so you can meet your goals in life. By opening up a new view for people on how to look at their body, AlignLife uses minimally invasive yet highly impacted health care options to get you back on track. After his patients are “cured,” Dr. Boyhan hopes to never see them again, he says jokingly.

“No one should feel limited,” Dr. Boyhan said. “You might have to modify what you do, but to lose doing something you love…that’s hitting rock bottom.”

We are excited to have AlignLife as our sponsor for the New Year’s Resolution Run and Asheville Off Road Series! To find out more or schedule an appointment visit https://www.alignlifeeastasheville.com/ or stop by their office at AlignLife East Asheville on 1272 Tunnel Road.

 

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Virtual Races 2020

Virtual Races 2020

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Asheville Off-Road Participants: Please Read

Asheville Off-Road Participants: Please Read

WELCOME to the 2019 Asheville Off Road Series!

 

All your need to know participant info for the Asheville Off Road Series: 

 

VISITORS & SPECTATORS

Every person who enters Biltmore Estate is required to pay an entrance fee. Race tickets will allow runners to enter the estate and will be given to you at packet pickup. Your entrance ticket to Biltmore is included in your registration fee that you paid when you registered online. Spectators are required to pay an entrance fee to have access to the estate during the race – there will be food, drinks, cheering and more!

Spectator tickets can be purchased during packet pickup on Saturday at the DoubleTree Hotel and on Sunday morning at the Biltmore Estate Group Sales office. Spectator viewing is limited to during the event at the Start/Finish, Antler Hill Village and Farm Trail areas. If you want to visit the house later in the day, you will need to upgrade your spectator or race ticket. Race tickets and spectator tickets are non-refundable.

 

Spectator Tickets:

$23+tax per person; Biltmore Annual Passholders save $5.
Upgrade Spectator or Race Ticket:
$29+tax per person to tour the Biltmore House and Gardens.
$119+tax for a Twelve Month Pass (available only on Race Day).

Purchase from the Packet-Pickups:
at DoubleTree Hotel during Early Packet Pickup or on Race Day starting at 6:30 am at the Group Sales Office on Biltmore Estate (first building to your right when you come through front entrance).
Payment methods: Cash or check only for any spectator ticket purchases at DoubleTree. Biltmore will accept cash, checks, and credit cards (Visa, Amex, MasterCard and Discover). Race tickets and spectator tickets are non-refundable.

Biltmore Passholders:
As long as Passholders come in during normal business hours they are not required to have a spectator ticket. If they come in before/after hours then they would have to purchase a spectator ticket because it is considered a ‘special event’ at Biltmore. Regular business hours on race day begin at 9am.

What can my family and friends do while I run? There are great shops to explore in Antler Hill Village with food, beverage, and gift items all with a great atmosphere. They can also stand in the Spectator Viewing Areas around the race hub. SPECTATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON OR ACROSS THE BRIDGE. 

Race Morning

When arriving at Biltmore you will follow traffic to Antler Hill Village and be parked by Biltmore Estate Parking Hosts. Leave yourself PLENTY of time to get onto the estate and to the parking lots. It takes a minimum of 20 minutes when coming onto the estate to get to Antler Hill Village. When the first races begin at 7:45am, traffic will be held on the estate until at least 8:05am. SO DON’T BE LATE!

 Please note: If you are participating in the duathlon, your bike will need to go to the transition area and be set up prior to the race. So leave yourself plenty of time to unload your bike and race items at your car, walk your items to transition and get set-up prior to the race start. There is NO DROP OFF or UNLOAD AREA! Please orient yourself with transition when you arrive at the event and how you will go in/out the transition area during the race. The run part of the event will go in/out the back side of transition, the bike will go in/out the front of transition. If you go out the transition area the wrong way during the race, your transition split time will be inaccurate and may not show up for you in the results.

 

RESTROOMS

Restrooms are located in Antler Hill Village and port-o-johns at the Start/Finish area near Antler Hill Village. There will also be a portajon near the duathlon run #1/10k water station and on the west side at the water station.

 

PARKING & TRANSPORTATION

LOCATION: Biltmore is America’s largest privately-owned home. The 250-room French Renaissance-style chateau is located over 8,000-acres that include more than 80 acres of meticulously-tended gardens. Biltmore is a host to around one million visitors a year. To learn more about Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

 

EVENT DAY PARKING

There is plenty of race parking. When you enter the estate you will follow the signs to Antler Hill Village. This is approx. 20-30 minute drive from the front gates on a normal day without any traffic. On a busy, congested traffic day it will take you longer to get to AHV.

Parking is available in Antler Hill Village very close to all the event activities. Biltmore Estate Parking Hosts will be onsite parking cars, please pay attention to them and follow their directions. You will be asked to park in designated areas for the race. There will be NO parking allowed in the area near the transition area or on the side of the roadways adjacent to the event site. Any cars parked along the side of the road will be towed. Equipment drop-offs are not allowed. Please proceed directly to the parking area upon arriving at the event site and walk over to the transition area with your race items.

 

TIMING

All participants will have a timing chip and a bib. If you do not have your bib visible during the event, you will be pulled from the race and DQ’d and will not get a finishing time. Bibs covered or not visible at the finish line will not be timed. Please pay close attention to the placement of your bib from the graph below. Cyclists (GG and Du) will also have a bike plate to attach to the front of the bike. Here is how each race will display their bib/plate and where your timing chip is located:

All athletes are required to wear a helmet and shoes on the bike. All athletes must wear their assigned race number (if it’s not displayed, the Duathlon and Gravel Grinder athletes cannot cross the bridge over into the west side).

 

EQUIPMENT NEEDS

If you are participating in the Duathlon or Gravel Grinder we suggest you use a bike designated for ‘off-road’ such as a gravel bike, cyclocross bike or mountain bike. Riders should be comfortable on hills, paved roads, varying surfaces such as gravel roads that have holes/dips and some ‘larger’ rocks. The bike course does NOT go on any trails. All athletes are required to wear a helmet and shoes on the bike.

Please be prepared to have your own equipment to change a flat tire. We will have mechanical support roving throughout the west side of the estate but you are responsible to have your own items to change a flat and be prepared to do this without volunteer assistance.

 

WATER STATIONS

Duathlon Run #1 & 10k Off Road Run Water Station: is located shortly before the Duathlon Run #1 turnaround and will consist of water, electrolyte drink and gels. 10k runners will hit this water station 2x. Once at approx mile 1.5 and then again at approx mile 4.5.

Duathlon Run #2 Water Station: located by the start of loop on Westover Trails and will consist of water, electrolyte drink and CLIF Gels.

Gravel Grinder and Duathlon Bike Water Station: located on the West Side of the Estate at Alta Vista Barn and will consist of water, electrolyte drink, gels and bars and fruit.

 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Ingles is providing COMPLIMENTARY RACE SNACKS for participants and volunteers.

Oskar Blues will be serving beer for participants 21+ at 10am. Suggested donation of $4 per beer for our charity partners - YouthVillages.

 

VENDORS

Visit our race partners in the Race Hub! Ingles, Asheville Bicycle Company, Youth VillagesAlign Life, Hawthorne at Haywood, Oskar Blues, SRAM, NORCO, Hincapie and YAM (Yoga & Massage). Be sure to bring some cash with you to enjoy that glorious post-race massage and for a beer (beer donations go to our charity partner YouthVillages)!

 

COURSE INFORMATION

Please pay attention to SIGNS on the COURSE!

Important Bike Info:

Gravel Grinder Participants must count your own laps and know when to return to the east side towards finish. A lap is considered one full circle of the west side course starting at the bridge and ending at the bridge. Each time you see the bridge that is considered one lap. Please note: The course before or after the bridge is not considered a lap.

Here is an easy way to remember how many laps you need to do and mileage you should see on your GPS unit before you come to the finish line:

20 milers count 2 laps and turn across bridge at approx 21.8 miles

40 milers count 5 laps and turn across bridge at approx 39.5 miles

60 milers count 8 laps and turn across bridge at approx 57.2 miles.

All GG rides finish in Antler Hill Village at the FINISH line.

Duathlon cyclists will do 2 laps on the west side, 13.25 miles total from transition to finish.

If you do not finish all your laps, please notify us in the timing tent when you finish so that we can DQ your results. If you want to change your GG ride distance please take care of this Saturday at PPU before the event. We will have ‘behind the scenes’ folks counting laps on the course for the timing company.

Important Run Info:

Please note: The 10k and the Duathlon Run #1 runners both start together at 8am. The route will split at approx 1.5 miles into the run. The 10k runners will continue to run STRAIGHT towards the Lagoon/Reflection Pond and up to the back of the Biltmore House. The Duathlon Run #1 runners will turn around at approx 1.5 miles (at sign/and cone) and then finish their portion of the run, follow signs. Both sets of runners will go through the water station. The turnaround for the duathlon run #1 is approx .3 miles past the water station on the Lagoon Trail path. It will be marked with signs, a volunteer and a cone.

 

For the entire Pre-Event Email sent out to pre-registered participants click HERE!

 

Routes via Ride with GPS with clickable links/elevation and cue sheets

 

Duathlon

Asheville Duathlon Run #1 https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30559040

Asheville Duathlon Bike https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30978451

Asheville Duathlon Run #2 - Westover Trails https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30786766

 

Gravel Grinders

20 Mile – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30660041

40 Mile – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30667543

60 Mile – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30783313

 

Run

10k Off Road – https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30529766

Course Maps

2019 AORS Participant Guide 

Here’s your 2019 Asheville Off Road Series Participant Guide. This guide includes the race schedule for the Asheville Duathlon, Asheville Off-Road 10K and the Asheville Gravel Grinder Bike events all set for Sunday, September 15th.

We hope everyone has an amazing Asheville Off Road Series experience at Biltmore Estate! Please contact support@idaph.net if you have any questions about this event.

A huge thank you to our sponsors!

We could not put on this event without our fantastic sponsors! Click on their names below to learn about their services. 

Ingles

Youth Villages

Oskar Blues Brewery

Align Life

Hawthorne at Haywood

Go Mini’s Moving & Portable Storage

Norco Bicycles

iHeart Radio

Bren Photography

iDaph Events & Timing

Fleet Feet of Asheville

Asheville Bicycle & Company

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What’s it like to ride the Gravel Grinder?

We get a lot of questions about what the Gravel Grinder is like to ride. Here longtime cyclist and Asheville local Billy McCracken talks about the course, which is part asphalt, mostly gravel, and not too much elevation gain. This event takes place on the West side of Biltmore Estate. Video Credit: Wright Creative, Inc.

Past iDaph Blogs

Virtual Races 2020

Virtual Races 2020

What is a virtual run, bike or swim? Virtual races are all the rage these days. What is a virtual event? Picture a race that you can do all on your own, from any place at any time. You still get a commemorative medal and cool race t-shirt, and your results get posted...