A note from Daphne…

It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy weather! This race is always a great way to kick off the New Year, if you haven’t participated in this one before, consider starting 2022 off with us on your first run of the year next year. We heard that you all really enjoyed the 10k course (minus the stinker hill)! We always appreciate you all taking our race surveys so that we can make each year’s event the best ever.

We are ecstatic that we can bring the 9th Annual Asheville Marathon & Half to our community of endurance runners this year. Although the half marathon race will be relocated for one year only to downtown Asheville, we expect that our awesome community of runners will continue to make this race such a memorable event even this year.  For 2021, we will offer a Special Edition half marathon race only. The 13.1 mile route showcases some of the BEST of the downtown Asheville city streets, River Arts District, greenways, parks and the French Broad River areas. To top it all off, this city-scenic course is one of the flattest half marathons to ever be run in Asheville downtown areas. Runners are going to just love the new greenway section along the French Broad River in the River Arts District. What a treat! Now that we have the conditional permit in hand, we opened up registration last week with limited spots left available. 

Adding the new Jump off Rock Half Marathon & 10k to the schedule has been a joyful and fun project. We have had such a blast working with the City of Hendersonville, Town of Laurel Park, and the YMCA of Hendersonville on this Inaugural race. The half marathon is going to be one of the fastest downhill half marathons in the south… with a net elevation loss over the course of 13.1 miles, we are fairly certain that runners will get a PERSONAL BEST at this race. The 10k is going to be awesome too! Although the 10k isn’t a downhill race, it is mostly flat with a couple of rollers through the downtown Hendersonville City streets around Lake Osceola and it will finish downtown on Historic Main Street with the half marathon. Registration opens today at 3pm for this new set of races! Limited entries, wave starts and point-to-point races. 

Since we have three half marathons in 2021 *YAY*, we are looking to add a ‘challenge’ for runners to complete all three of the half races, either in person or virtually, and then get an awesome commemorative medal. We are brainstorming names for the new challenge. So if you have some ideas, head over to our Instagram page and leave a comment, we have a swag bag full of goodies for whoever’s ‘challenge’ name we pick!

We are continuing to finalize permits for races and are only opening online registration when we have those, that is why you see some online registrations opening up only weeks before races are happening. So keep saving the dates for our races listed below and checking our schedule for new events that are going to pop up this year. We have removed events from our 2021 schedule that we know will not happen this year because participants safety would be compromised. 

Finally, we continue to strive to keep all our community members, runners, volunteers, staff and spectators safe at our events through this pandemic. It is very important to us to be able to provide these safe, in-person event opportunities for our community to look forward to and train for even during a pandemic. Through this year, we will not let up and will continue providing social-distanced, wave start events with strict safety protocols in place throughout the events. This means lower participation numbers, separate start and finish areas, temperature and COVID screenings and more. To find out all our safety guidelines and what is being implemented for a particular race, check out the race website.

We thank all of you that have attended our events over the past eight months for such positive attitudes and for adhering to all the safety protocols we have put in place for our events.. If you get a free minute, leave us a quick Google review about your experience running in a socially-distanced race with us since the pandemic started. We would really appreciate it! You can do that here: Write a Google Review.

Keep moving friends,



Frostbite Races

Sunday, February 21, 2021
One Mile, 5k, 10k & NEW Challenge
Join us for the 29th Annual Frostbite presented by Hunter Subaru, the oldest and largest footrace in Henderson County! This in-person running event (with a virtual option) offers a 5K, 10K, and 1 Mile Fun Run plus a new Challenge (a 15k!)  so there’s something for the entire family. The Frostbite races begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. Both the 10k and 5k courses provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly to challenging terrain, with some steep inclines. The flat and fast, 1-mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages.
NEW FOR 2021: All participants get a finisher medal! 


Asheville Marathon & Half

Saturday, March 20, 2021
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 and will help support the efforts of three local non-profits - Goodwill Industries,  Western Carolina Rescue Ministries & iDream Athletes Foundation. The Asheville Marathon & Half will plan to return to Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC for the 10th Annual event in 2022.
Registration is NOW open!


Jump Off Rock Half Marathon & 10k
A Scenic Downhill Half from Jump off Rock to Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.

Saturday, May 8, 2021
The Inaugural Jump off Rock Half Marathon & 10k presented by Hunter Subaru, takes place in Hendersonville, NC on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
Both races are point-to-point, with separate start and finish areas. The half marathon starts at the highest peak in the Town of Laurel Park at the historic landmark - Jump off Rock in Laurel Park. The 13.1 course is beautiful and scenic, with breathtaking views and will be one of the fastest downhill half marathons in the south with a net elevation loss.

The 10k will start at the base of Laurel Park at the YMCA of Hendersonville and will be mostly flat with a few rollers. Runners will join in on the half marathon course and get to explore the best of Hendersonville city streets and run around the iconic Osceola Lake and then finish in downtown Hendersonville.
Both races will end in the heart of the city on historic Main Street, Hendersonville. Runners will finish on closed city streets and can enjoy recharging after the race with yummy food and drinks and an afternoon of relaxation and exploration of downtown.

The Jump off Rock races will help support the efforts and upcoming programs for the YMCA of Hendersonville. Consider donating to the Y when you register online.  

Registration will open TODAY on February 1, 2021 at 3pm. Limited in-person entries will be available for both races.
A virtual event will also be offered.


Lung Buster Time Trial Series


Five time trial style, cycling events in WNC.
Participate in one or all of these! 

April thru August 2021

The Lung Buster Time Trial series is a five-part series of cycling events. The events take place here in Western North Carolina and will offer varioust routes both flat and up-hill time trials. The goal of the series is to provide a fun and professional race experience for cyclists while adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. All levels and abilities are welcome!

Due to the pandemic and social distancing and event gathering restrictions, the 2021 Lung Buster Time Trial Series has a twist with extended durations for participation for each event. Each race will be done on your own on a pre-marked course. The races can be done invidiually or NEW for 2021, on a 2 person team! We are also working on having the FINAL time trial in the series in August as an in-person, socially-distanced style event. Stay tuned for more info.  

Our unique mix of different racing environments allows riders of different strengths and focuses to level the playing field amongst competitors. Also, having five separate events means that one poor showing won’t ruin your opportunity to do well in the series as a whole. Whether you’re an elite time trial champion or a recreational rider on any bike of your choosing, come out and join the Lung Buster!  We have multiple categories to choose from.

Registration opens on March 1, 2021. 


Pop Up 5K Summer Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
June 23rd - August 25th, 2021
Come join us at the Bill Moore Community Park (formerly Fletcher Park) for our Pop-up 5k in the Park Summer Series and Virtual Challenge! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting June 23rd and running until August 25th, we’ll be setting up a rolling start line from 6-8 pm and a fully marked 5k course for runners and walkers. There are no mass starts. This in-person running event is socially distanced, family-friendly, and dog friendly! There will be prizes along the way, awesome Run Local swag available, and flexible options for all types of runners. 

Registration opens on March 30, 2021. 


Hendersonville Triathlon

Sunday, June 27, 2021
The 2nd Annual Hendersonville Triathlon presented by Hunter Subaru, is back at Patton Park and the YMCA Patton Park Pool in Hendersonville, NC! The event consists of 400m pool swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5k run! The run uses portions of the Oklawaha Greenway and Patton Park, City of Hendersonville’s largest park.  The bike route is on paved roads around Hendersonville secondary and tertiary roads. We look forward to once again being able to offer this fantastic multi-sport event to our triathlon community. We have the permit in-hand for this event. Yay!
Registration opens on February 15, 2021. 


Asheville Triathlon

Sunday, July 18, 2021
iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50 meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course at the Asheville Recreation Park. This is the great event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites. Note: We have submitted our event inquiry to the City of Asheville for the 2021 race. The event will take place in Asheville if the pool opens up this summer (this past year it stayed closed due to COVID and staffing issues). If it doesn’t open then we will move this event to Hendersonville, Patton Park again. We are excited to have this 2nd triathlon on our schedule for 2021 for our triathlon community!

Pop Up 5K Fall Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
September 8th — October 27th, 2021
This is the same event as the Summer Series except with different times, prizes, and swag! The Pop-up 5k in the Park Fall Series and Virtual Challenge is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting September 8th and running until October 27th. Due to the time change, runners can start at the rolling start line anytime from 5-6:30 pm. 

Asheville Off Road Series

September 19, 2021
The Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate is a unique, challenge event that has grown into a local and regional favorite event over the years. The event includes three Gravel Grinder bike events, a duathlon and a 10k off-road run. Save the date for Sunday, September 19, 2021. More info coming soon.

Black Bear Half Marathon

October 9, 2021
The Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru is back! This 2nd Annual,  in-person, half marathon running event in Hendersonville, NC offers a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway. With less than 400 feet of elevation gain and a socially distanced race, you don’t want to miss this IN-PERSON, half marathon running race this fall in Western North Carolina. We will also have a ‘virtual option’ for the race again. Park permits have been approved for the 2021 race.

Registration opens April 1, 2021. 


Trick or Trail 5K & Spooky Sprint 1 Mile

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
5K and 1 Mile distances! 
You don’t want to miss this family-friendly and Halloween-themed 5K and 1 Mile fun run. The Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint presented by Hunter Subaru is a local runner’s favorite and offers fun for the entire family.

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

Thursday, November 25, 2021
The 4th Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru, returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th. Come join us for this fun and festive 5K on one of the biggest running holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country! Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition. 

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 4, 2021
Join us for this holly, jolly 5K, 10K and Challenge at the Riveter! 

Don’t miss this new annual holiday tradition! The 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K presented by Hunter Subaru, at the Riveter in Mills River! Join iDaph Events for a festive (and socially distanced) 5K and 10K hosted by the Riveter, the nation’s premier indoor climbing gym, bike park, and wellness arena. The courses start at the Riveter and run along scenic rural paved and farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment. 


New Year’s Resolution Run

January 1, 2022
The Annual New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville will be January 1, 2022. Plan to kick off 2022 on the right foot and celebrate with what we love to do most: RUN! This event starts at a reasonable 10:00 am and offers a 5K and 10K distance. We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2022! More information coming soon. 

We have plans to add a few NEW events in 2021! Stay Tuned!

“All events are currently in the process of permits and approvals. Locations and dates are subject to change. We will open online registration when we have the green light from the permitting agency for each event.”

iDaph Partner Events

*NEW EVENT* WCRM 5K Run, Shelby, NC — Saturday, April 17, 2021
*NEW EVENT* WNC NATURE CENTER 5K, Asheville, NC - Saturday, April 24, 2021
Chamber Challenge, Asheville, NC — Friday, May 14, 2021
White Squirrel 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, May 22, 2021
WNC Flyer, Brevard, NC — Sunday, June 6, 2021
Firecracker 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, July 3, 2021
Light Up the Night 5K, Asheville, NC — Friday, August 6, 2021
Tour d’Apple, Brevard, NC — Monday, September 6, 2021
Vampire 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, October 30, 2021

Events are in the process of permits and final approvals. Dates and locations are subject to change. 
Additional new partner events will be added for 2021, stay tuned!


Check out the iDaph Events Podcast!

Listen to our latest podcast about our upcoming 2021 events calendar and new events in the works!

With so many changes happening in the events world right now, our podcast offers you another way to stay informed about upcoming events and what to expect. Available on Apple iTunes, Spotify, and more.


Stay Tuned!

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to showcase your business and support healthy events in 2021, contact us to learn more about annual sponsorship opportunities. Email events@idaph.net