Sunday, June 11, 2023
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Run Downtown ASHEVILLE to the river!
The 2nd Annual RAD Half Marathon & 10k are fast, incredibly scenic races that start in the heart of Downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Both races whiz downhill to the River Arts District, and wind along the peaceful French Broad River. You’ll be greeted with a complimentary beer, a one-of-a-kind finisher medal, live music, and a free shuttle back to the start line after the race.
If you’re looking to soak in all the sights and sounds of Asheville while achieving a new PR, this is the race for you!
The RAD Half Marathon and the 10K course are both USATF Sanctioned and Certified.
Course time limit is 10:30am.
Half Marathon starts at 7:00 am
10k starts at 7:00 am
Course Type: Point-to-Point, Downtown City Streets and Greenway. Mostly paved, a couple short sections of dirt paths.
Stroller friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No
Registration Periods & Pricing
Super Early Registration - October 20 - January 29
Early Registration - January 30 - March 26
Regular Registration - March 27 - June 4
Late Registration - June 5, 2023 to race day
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 their shirt, finisher medal and goody bag in the mail FOR FREE until the May 14th deadline! Beginning May 15th, shirts will be available for purchase in limited quantities and sizes for $15.
Transfers during the week of the event will cost $10 (starting Monday, June 5th).
What is included with your race entry:
- A first-class running experience in early summer in Western North Carolina!
- Brooks dri-fit tech shirt (new for 2023: available in men’s & women’s sizes!)
- All finishers will receive a one-of-a-kind, custom-designed, commemorative finisher medal.
- Goody Bag filled with goodies
- Complimentary bag drop at the start line (transported to the finish line for post-race pickup). Including an awesome, ‘back-pack’ style, RAD drawstring bag (to be used for bag drop) for the first 1,000 people to register.
- One-of-a-kind Prizes made locally
- A complimentary beer from the Wedge at Foundation at the finish line.
- Live Music along the course and at the finish.
- Complimentary shuttle from finish line back to Pack Square park (start area) after the race.
- Scenic, fast, downhill to mostly flat courses exploring Downtown, the Greenways and the River Arts District in Asheville, NC.
- USATF Certified and Sanctioned course and race.
- Course fully-marked with route signs and course markings on the road.
- Course preview video and course maps to get you prepped for race day.
- Chip-timing for accurate, live results
- Access to our community of runners in our Strava Group.
- Spectator friendly courses.
- Skip packet pickup and sign up to have your swag shipped. Ability to have your race number, bag and shirt shipped before the race. Pick this option during online registration.
SUPER AWESOME SWAG
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(2023 images coming soon!)
All runners will receive a complimentary Brooks Dri-fit Tech shirt (NEW FOR 2023: shirts will be available in men’s and women’s sizes!) with their registration up until Sunday, May 14th at midnight! You can guarantee your preferred size by registering prior to this date. Beginning May 15th, shirts will be available for purchase in limited quantities and sizes for $15. (This shirt is cut a bit slimmer than most cotton shirts - bump a size up if you’re on the fence!)
2022 image shown above
(2023 images coming soon!)
Load up this super cool bag with a change of clothes, or whatever you need for the post race party! (Bag to be used for bag drop.) Free to the first 1000 people to register.
SHIP MY SWAG
Ship your swag! Have your shirt, race bib and RAD drawstring bag shipped to you before the race for $10. Select this option during registration or click below to purchase it in the Race Store.
Deadline for this option is May 28th at midnight.
- Complimentary Brooks Dri-fit Tech shirt deadline is May 14th at midnight.
- Beginning May 15th, shirts will be available for purchase in limited quantities and sizes for $15.
- Ship your swag! Have your shirt, number and bag shipped to you before the race for $10. Deadline for this option is May 28th at midnight.
Run THREE iDaph Events Half Marathons in 2023 and get a gorgeous, bonus Appalachian Trilogy medal!
If you register for at least three out of four iDaph Events half marathons in 2023, you’ll get an awesome extra medal after the last one! The deadline to register for at least three of the races is July 9, 2023 at midnight (so we can order your medals!) Medals will be given out at the 2023 Black Bear Half Marathon event.
Here are the four eligible events to choose from. As long as you are registered for at least THREE of them by July 9th at midnight, you’ll get your extra medal!
|March 18th||The Asheville Marathon and Half (the full marathon also qualifies)|
|May 13th||The Jump Off Rock Half Marathon – Registration is now open!|
|June 11th||The RAD Half Marathon – Registration opens 10/20/23|
|October 8th||The Black Bear Half Marathon|
The Appalachian Trilogy events can be participated in either virtually, in person or a combination of both!
Want to CONNECT with others that are completing the Appalachian Trilogy? Join the Facebook Group!
There are only 200 spots available in the series.
Accept the challenge and earn your bling!
The 2nd Annual RAD Half Marathon & 10K run through the best parts of the City of Asheville, North Carolina. Including downtown city streets, River Arts District, along the French Broad River, and through the park for this city-style, point-to-point race. These fast races are a dream come true for runners looking to get a personal best in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The majority of the miles are downhill from downtown and ‘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. Runners are on mostly paved surfaces throughout the entire event with a few dirt sections within the French Broad River Park.
The course cutoff time for both races is 10:30 AM.
The RAD Half and 10k courses are both USATF sanctioned and courses are certified.
The 10k certfication number is NC22006DF
Half certification number is NC22004DF
We could be wrong… but we believe that this course has to be one of the fastest, flattest half marathon races to ever exist in the notoriously hilly downtown Asheville area. Both courses have a net elevation LOSS! Check out the course maps above for the elevation charts for each race.
Start: Pack Square Park
Finish: Wedge at Foundation
On the Course: River Arts District Public Restrooms, Carrier Park Portajon (near the Picnic Shelter and water stations), Hominy Creek River Park Portajon (in parking area), Carrier Park Restrooms (near the Vellondrome), and French Broad River Park Restrooms
These races have been designed with your family and friends in mind. They are spectator friendly! We encourage spectators to wear fun costumes, bring quirky signs and lots of energy and enthusiasm.
There are so many great areas to spread out and safely watch the race. Here are several suggestions:
- Asheville Riverfront Parks - multiple large parking lots and areas and street parking available, here are some of the locations on the new Greenway and on the course:
NC Wildlife Resources Commission (this is the start of the new Greenway)
Jean Webb Park
Wedge at Foundation, 12 Bones and Summit Coffee - great spot to get yummy treats while you cheer on your friends!
RiverLink Karen Cragnolian Park
Near Carrier Park Shelter
Amboy Road/Mellowdrome parking area
French Broad River Park
• All participants are expected to display courteous, professional behavior at all times.
• No rollerblades allowed.
• Due to the nature of the races, please do not start either race early. Starting earlier, throws off the police, volunteers and all the race timing for the entire event. Any runners that choose not to abide by this rule will be DQd from the event.
• Runners must run facing traffic on roads that do not have sidewalks. If there are sidewalks available, runners need to utilize the sidewalks.
• Please be courteous to other foot traffic along the route especially running on the Greenway and through the parks.
The virtual events are a great option to train for and compete in from wherever you like! You can run your race from anywhere in the world and submit your results to our official standings.
- Every virtual participant will receive their shirt, finisher medal and goody bag in the mail FOR FREE until the May 14th deadline! Beginning May 15th, shirts will be available for purchase in limited quantities and sizes for $15.
- Virtual race swag will be mailed after the in-person event on June 11th, 2023.
For instructions on how to transfer your registration into the virtual event, email email@example.com. Transfers during the week of the event will cost $10 (starting Monday, June 5th)
Be sure to read the entire interactive Event Guide and listen to the Pre-Event Podcast to be prepared for race weekend! It will answer ALL of your questions for the weekend!
TRANSPORTATION & PARKING
This is a point-to-point style race, starting at Pack Square Park and ending at Wedge at Foundation (Foundy St location).
There is a bag drop (using only approved RAD Half Marathon & 10K ‘back-pack’ drawstring bags given out at Packet Pickup) at the start line. The bags will be brought from the race start to the finish line during the race and can be picked up by participants after the race.
After the race, take a free participant shuttle from the Wedge at Foundation back to Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville, NC. There is also plenty of parking at the Wedge, so participants can always be picked up by a friend or family member after the race and be driven back downtown. You can also drop a car off at the Wedge beforehand and carpool to the start.
Parking garages and street parking are available near the start/finish area in Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville. Participants can park in any of the available parking decks in downtown and will have a short walk to the start line. Click here for a list of all available parking locations in downtown AVL.
Closest parking garages to the start area at Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville:
- College Street
Race Start line: Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville - 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801
Finish: The Wedge at Foundation on Foundy Street in the River Arts District
Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins
191 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Reservation Link: CLICK HERE and use code RADRACES when booking your stay.
Wrong Way is an unconventional cabin campground located in bohemian West Asheville at the intersection of urban and the outdoors, providing a gateway to both.
The property features 16 tiny A-frame cabins with all the creature comforts, including private bathroom, HVAC, and high-speed WiFi, nestled right on the race course! This will also be the packet pickup location, making it super convenient for runners to pick up packets and stay here.
Stay at Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins to experience the simplicity, adventure, and relaxation of the “River-Life” without having to compromise on comfort or convenience.
- All cabins are stand-alone units with a private bathroom, queen bed, queen sleeper-sofa, seated workspace, mini-fridge, microwave, electric kettle with coffee/tea, HVAC, private balcony/deck with hammock, and high-speed WiFi.
Don’t forget! You can choose to have your shirt and bib to you before the race for $10. This option is available up until May 28th at midnight either during registration or from the Race Store.
Pre-event Packet Pickup and RAD Art Mart:
Come check out the Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins at a boutique-style packet pickup, featuring our charity partner, Asheville Humane Society, as well as local artists and their artwork on display and for sale. (Bring some cash!)
- Saturday, June 10th // 2:00 - 5:00 PM
- Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins – 191 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC 28806
- Packet pickup will be located in the Eddy Room and on the front deck.
- Parking will be at the RiverLink Karen Cragnolin Park and the Amboy Road River Park across the street.
We highly suggest you attend this pre-event packet pickup session to save yourself time and avoid the stress of lines on race morning.
There will be LIMITED/EMERGENCY bib pickup service available on race day for race bibs ONLY. Shirts and goody bags must be picked up after the race at the Merchandise Tent. We will not have these items available on race morning.
LIMITED/EMERGENCY Race-day Packet Pickup:
- Sunday, June 11th // 5:45 - 6:30 AM - Race bibs ONLY
- Pack Square Park (80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801)
IN-PERSON EVENT AWARDS (Half Marathon & 10k)
Local Glass Artist Kathryn Adams will be making our custom awards for the Overall and 1st Place Age Group winners. (Details coming soon!)
Fleet Feet Asheville will provide Gift Certificates to the Overall and Masters winners.
Awards for 2nd & 3rd Place Age Group winners: Prize details coming soon!
There will be cash prizes for the overall top three male and female winners of the 10k!
NEW FOR 2023: We’ve upped the ante and increased the payouts! Challenge yourself and see if you can break the course record!
Male course record: 36:31 | Female course record: 38:04
- 1st place - $150 + an additional $50 if you break the course record!!
- 2nd place - $100
- 3rd place - $75
Must be present at the awards ceremony to accept your cash prize!
NEW FOR 2023: Additional age group categories added!
- Top three finishers, Overall (male and female)
- Top overall 1st place finishers, Masters (male and female)
- Age group awards (top three overall male and female for each)
- 19 and under
- 20 - 24
- 25 - 29
- 30 - 34
- 35 - 39
- 40 - 44
- 45 - 49
- 50 - 54
- 55 - 59
- 60 - 64
- 65 - 69
- 70 - 74
- 75 - 79
Age group awards are sponsored in part by Wayne Boynton.
We will have an on-site awards ceremony at the event near the finish line for both races. The 10k award ceremony will be at 8:45am and the 10k ceremony will be at 9:30am. Prizes and Awards can also be picked up the week after the event at Fleet Feet Asheville, Tuesday after 3pm, or shipped for $10 (if you don’t want to hang out at the finish line).
RUN FOR A CAUSE
We’re about hope, not heartache. As Buncombe County’s critical safety net since 1984, we are always here to save and protect every animal. We have mastered the art of saving lives within our walls and now we are going even further, helping our community’s pets and their people thrive together. We are going beyond a no-kill community to ensure that each animal has the quality of life they deserve – a life worth living. With your help, we’re hoping to gather $3,000 in donations at this event to help improve the lives of all our animals.
If you’d rather donate an actual item, we’re also aiming to collect 100 items for cats and dogs at this event. Our lovely animals are in need of toys, food, leashes, collars, litter, etc. Donations can be dropped off at either the start or finish lines.
Want to donate on behalf of a specific participant? Click here and search for their name!
We are collecting donations for the Asheville Humane Society during registration.
THINGS TO DO
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
This historic, riverside neighborhood is a mecca for artists, outdoor enthusiasts, and craft beverage lovers — there’s also plenty of vintage shopping, coffee shops, and creative eateries. Be sure to check out the Neighborhood Guide to the River Arts District, by Avl Today!
And don’t miss this awesome post from Avl Today detailing the history of RAD! They also created this awesome map of the area for you to use as you peruse.
Foundy Street is a collective of variously talented misfits who came together into a central location of abandoned property that had been home to Asheville’s underground gala. We cleaned up and turned the lights back on, and invited our friends to call the space home to their studios, passions and crafts. Today, Foundy Street is home to Asheville’s River Arts District central community, filled with an abundance of things to do.
Our Post Race Party will be at the Wedge at the Foundation!
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Outstanding scenery and recreational opportunities make the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most popular sections of the National Park System. Named “America’s Favorite Drive,” the 469-mile scenic road, offers stunning vistas, hiking and cycling opportunities. Split-rail fences, old farmsteads, mountain meadows and scenic overlooks with endless vistas make the Blue Ridge Parkway a popular attraction. The Parkway incorporates numerous campgrounds, picnic areas and trails.
Looking Glass Rock, less than an hour from Asheville, is probably the best-known rock climbing area in the state. It offers friction and face climbing of a 500-foot rocky face mountain. No permit required.
There are a few places in the world that still stand apart from the ordinary. Rising more than a mile high, Mount Mitchell State Park is one of these extraordinary places. In the crest of the Black Mountains lies the summit of Mount Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi.
There is plenty to explore at Biltmore Estate! Take a tour of the House, stroll through the gardens, explore the trails, hang out in Antler Hill Village, or even check out the winery for a wine tasting.
Historic Biltmore Village today is truly one of the South’s most unique touring and shopping environments. Because of its history, its range of unique independent, locally-owned retailers, and its fine restaurants, Historic Biltmore Village has an international reputation.
Asheville’s Grove Arcade offers boutique shopping, unique dining and regional crafts in a downtown architectural wonder. The building is open daily and features an outdoor portico market. A downloadable building tour is available on the website. Each of these offers a uniquely Asheville experience.
There are several art districts in Asheville, and each provides visitors with richly diverse experiences. In the Downtown Asheville Art District, for example, more than 20 galleries within easy walking distance of one another feature a wide variety of fine art and studio crafts created by local, regional, national and international artists. The River Arts District, filled with dozens of working art studios, is one of Asheville’s unique arts neighborhoods. Asheville’s performing arts alliance also thrives.
The Asheville Urban Trail has often been called Asheville’s “museum without walls.” Started by a small group of citizens interested in helping revitalize downtown, the Urban Trail consists of thirty stations of bronze sculpture around downtown. Each station has a plaque illuminating some of the very interesting history of downtown’s development and the various notable people who once lived here. Mostly local artists helped to create the whimsical bronze sculptures and other art works that are found at each station. The tour is a 1.7 mile walk that begins and ends at Pack Place and takes about two hours to complete in its entirety.
transfer, CANCELLATION & refund Policies
Did you register to participate in-person but can’t make it on race day? You don’t have to miss out! You can transfer your registration to the virtual event at any point before the start of the race. In the virtual event, you’ll run anywhere you like, post your results, and have your swag mailed to you after the event.
TRANSFERS: All participants can transfer into the virtual version of their event up until the start of the event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the transfer. There will be no refunds for the price difference between events. Transfers during the week of the event will cost $10 (starting Monday, June 5th)
REFUNDS: We have a small, but mighty team that is working on all the details to produce this event safely for you and everyone in our community in attendance. We are incurring the expenses for production well before the day of the event, and we will not be able to provide a refund to you should you want to cancel your registration, or if the event itself has to be cancelled due to a change in the status of the pandemic, weather, an act of god, or other unforeseen circumstance.
CANCELLATION: In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, such as an emergency, an act of god, not receiving approval of final event permits, or change in pandemic status resulting in the inability to have the in-person event, we reserve the right to cancel the event and automatically convert all in-person registrations to the virtual option. Should this occur, your swag will be mailed to you for free.