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Asheville Marathon and Half
March 20 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, March 20, 2021
13.1 MILES OF CITY SCENERY
Relocated to Downtown Asheville for 2021
RUN 13.1 x 3
We are thrilled to launch the new 13.1 x 3 series for 2021, the Appalachian Trilogy! Sign up for the Asheville Half Marathon (March 20), Jump off Rock Half Marathon (May 8) & Black Bear Half Marathon (Oct. 9), and receive a gorgeous gold commemorative, Appalachian Trilogy medal. We will also have some super, cool swag to go along with this new challenge to keep you motivated to train all year long!
The 9th Annual Asheville Marathon and Half typically held at Biltmore Estate, will take place as a Half Marathon only on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in downtown Asheville. The Special Edition, 2021 Asheville Half Marathon is relocated for one year only to downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The Asheville Marathon & Half will plan to return to Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC for the 10th Annual event in 2022. Participants will help bring the economy roaring back with a safe, organized, fun and city-style running event in downtown Asheville, NC.
Due to COVID-19, guidelines are being put in place to provide a safe and socially distanced event for our runners, volunteers, and staff, which is why the Marathon and Challenge events will not take place at the 2021 event. The event is capped at 800 participants and will include wave starts. We expect this event to sell out before race day.
Registration will open on Thursday, January 27th for the 2020 participants and then will open on January 28th to the general public.
Start your 2021 Asheville Half Marathon in downtown Asheville Pack Square and run through the best parts of the city. Including downtown city streets, River Arts District, along the French Broad river and through the park for this city-style, 13.1 race. This fast, half marathon is a dream come true for runners looking to get a personal best in the mountains of Western North Carolina. With only 477 feet of elevation gain and 487 feet of elevation loss, runners will get a short sampling of downtown hills at the beginning and end of the race, but the majority of the miles are ‘flat’ running along the river on the greenway and through the city parks.
Endurance runners will have an opportunity to ‘break in’ the brand new section of the newly completed greenway section of the French Broad River Greenway on Riverside Drive and Lyman Street.This is the first race in downtown Asheville to explore these new greenways during a race.
Runners will be on mostly paved surfaces throughout the entirety event with a few dirt sections within the French Broad River Park.
Course time limit is 12:30pm.
Rolling wave starts 7:30 am until 9:10 am.
Runners will sign up for a wave start time when registering. We highly encourage runners/walkers that want to enjoy the scenery and take their time during the race to start in the first or second wave to make the time cutoff.
Half Marathon is capped at 800 runners.
Course Type: Half Marathon, majority is paved, the scenic downtown course weaves through downtown into the River Arts District and along the French Broad River and back into downtown Asheville.
Stroller friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? Yes
Registration Periods & Pricing
Regular: January 27- March 13
Late: March 14 -March 19
For runners not able to attend in person, the virtual race is a good option to achieve a goal, and run the miles on your own, wherever and whenever you want. All virtual runners will receive a commemorative race shirt and finisher medal.
What is included with your race entry:
• One-of-a-kind Prizes
• Asheville Half Marathon Buff
“Everything about this race was top-notch. The information sent out, the organization, and the fantastic demeanor of the staff and volunteers all exceeded expectations. The course is tough, but it is a gorgeous run that’ll have your head on a swivel. This is definitely a must-run race!”
– Crystal Roger Owens, Asheville Marathon & Half Participant