A Vibrant Race that Journeys through Asheville’s River Arts District

Asheville, North Carolina
June 9, 2024

The RAD Half Marathon & 10K is an exhilarating and picturesque race that takes participants on a captivating journey through Asheville’s famed River Arts District (RAD). With its scenic course meandering along the French Broad River and through the heart of Asheville's artistic and cultural hub, this event offers not only a rewarding athletic experience but also a unique opportunity to soak in the local area’s artistry and creativity. The PR-worthy course boasts a net elevation loss making it one of the fastest races around. The RAD Half Marathon is more than just a race; it's a celebration of the city's rich artistic spirit and the natural beauty that surrounds it, making it a must-attend event for both local and visiting runners alike.

Permit pending government approval | Race course subject to change

why you'll love this race:

  • A free Dri-Fit Tech race shirt, available in unisex & women’s sizes, until May 12 ($20 after deadline)
  • One-of-a-kind, custom-designed, commemorative finisher medal
  • Post-race party with live music, local vendors and a complimentary beer! (21+)
  • Complimentary shuttles for all participants
  • A fast, downhill course that is primed for your next PR
  • A USATF certified course that is chip timed, clearly marked and well-supported
  • Pre-race expo with merchandise, local vendors and packet pickup
  • Locally-sourced awards for overall winners and top finishers in each age group

What our runners are saying...

"I loved the organization- it was really well put together. i appreciate the abundance of information and communication beforehand. Packet pickup was a breeze!"
"Love the beer or gelato options at the end. Wedge is a great ending spot, my family really enjoyed dancing to the DJ there!"
"The course atmosphere was just amazing and kept me going!"
"I liked the route from downtown onto river arts, the ending event was so much fun too! I thought it was a fun, fast and great course!"

"I loved that it wasn't a hilly or challenging course so I was able to focus on running my best!"

"It was my first 10k and I loved that the course was laid out so my parents were able to cheer me on in the middle of the race and at the end of the race!"

    The Course

    The RAD Half Marathon & 10K run through the best parts of the City of Asheville, North Carolina, including downtown city streets, River Arts District, and the French Broad River Park. This is a city-style, point-to-point race that begins in Pack Square and concludes on Foundy Street in the River Arts District. 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. Gatorade, water, energy gels and JAMBARs will be provided on the course. Check the course map for exact location of the 5 water station locations.

    Half Marathon  |  13.1 Miles

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    10K  |  6.2 Miles

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    Both courses are USATF sanctioned and certified
    Sanction Number: #149015
    Half Marathon USATF Certification Number – NC22004DF
    10K USATF Certification Number – NC22006DF

    Post Race Festivities

    The post-race party following the RAD Half Marathon & 10K is a lively and festive affair that perfectly complements the exhilaration of the race itself. Held in the heart of the River Arts District, this celebration brings together participants, spectators, and the local community in a spirit of camaraderie and shared achievement. The party features wellness services, live music from local musicians, and food and beverage vendors.

    Our Community Partner

    All signature iDaph events partner with local organizations to help advance their mission. Supporting these causes strengthens our community bonds by addressing the unique challenges and needs within our area. It ensures that resources are allocated where they can have the most direct and tangible impact, fostering a sense of ownership and empowerment among residents.

    Open Hearts Art Center is a nonprofit supportive studio and gallery dedicated to representing and empowering adults with varied abilities to connect to and reach their full potential through the arts. Founded in 2005, OHAC has provided a variety of arts and expression based classes, including painting, ceramics, music, movement, photography, and more to differently-abled adults in Buncombe County.


    Spend the Weekend

    An Authentic Mountain Destination

    If you're not from here, you're going to love visiting here. Experience the thrill of running or cycling amidst the breathtaking beauty of Western North Carolina, where the rugged mountains and pristine landscapes set the stage for an unforgettable adventure. We invite you to make our event your ultimate destination race. Our Visitor’s Guide features lodging options, airport info, and the inside scoop on what to see and do while you’re here.

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