New Years Resolution Run 2021

New Years Resolution Run 2021

The 7th Annual Resolution Run 5K and 10K races through the streets of Downtown Asheville, NC on New Year’s Day, at a reasonable 10:00 am. Leave 2020 behind (like for REALZ) and let’s start 2021 off with a nice refreshing “leave it all behind” experience through downtown Asheville. This race welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their FIRST New Year’s Resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2021!

Ugly Sweater Run at the Riveter

Ugly Sweater Run at the Riveter

Don’t miss this Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K at the Riveter in Mills River! Ugly Sweaters and holiday cheer are strongly encouraged! 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. You’ll start at the Riveter and run along scenic farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment. There’ll be delicious food, drinks and refreshments (including adult beverages and coffee), and plenty of activities including a premier bike park and a climbing wall. Chill out after the race and unwind at a socially-distanced flow, indoor yoga class at the the Riveter’s yoga studio. 

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

The 3rd Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26th, 2020 for an in-person event at Fletcher Park near Asheville.  The event will follow socially-distance protocols and have limited in person registration available. Join us for this fun tradition and festive 5K that winds through beautiful Fletcher Park, which offers a flat and fast course.

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

Family at South Asheville Turkey Trot

We can’t wait to see you at the South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K!

Here’s what you need to know for Packet Pick-up and Race Day.

We are thankful you’re here! Thank you for signing up for the South Asheville Turkey Trot. We can’t wait to celebrate our Thanksgiving morning with you.

Please take a moment to read through our pre-event guide blog. It has important information regarding the event. You can also download and listen to the iDaph Events Podcast for information about the South Asheville Turkey Trot, or check out the recorded podcast on YouTube.

COVID-19 Guidelines

We are taking this virus very seriously, and we have made substantial changes to ensure we are adhering to the NC guidelines concerning COVID-19. Participants must wear masks before and after the race, but do not have to wear a mask while running. All volunteers and staff members are required to wear masks at all times.

Please visit our Blog Post for a list of COVID-19 guidelines.

Packet Pick-up before Race Day

In-person Packet Pick-up will take place the day before the event at Fleet Feet Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square.

Date: Wednesday, November 25th from 2-5pm.

Location: 8 Town Square Blvd #165, Asheville, NC 28803

This is a drive-through style packet pick-up, so there is no need to leave your vehicle! We will bring your packet, goody bag and race bib to your vehicle.

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO day-of packet pickup. If you have questions please email support@idaph.net.

Race Day

Since we are conducting rolling wave starts this year, the time for this 5K event is between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. So for example, if you signed up for the 8:00-8:19 am start time you can arrive anytime between that 19 minute window to the start line to start your race. You do not have to be there at the start of your wave!

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before your assigned wave start so that you have time to use the restrooms. You should already have your race bib, so please make sure the bib number is on the front of your shirt or some other prominent place! Do not cover it with your jacket, etc. It must be visible when you start and finish.

It is important that you start at your assigned wave start time. Our permit with Bill Moore Community Park is contingent with certain guidelines for this event. Wave start times ensure that only 50 people (the current event gathering allowed number in NC) are in a certain window of time, and allows for social distancing on the course.

If you are not able to make the wave start time you signed up for, please consider converting your race to the virtual option. The course will stay marked until end of the day on Friday, November 27th, and you can submit your results until Sunday at midnight (or run anywhere). This means you can run the race anytime after the event takes place and submit your race results online. You will still receive your race swag. You can make that change through the Race Roster profile.

Please Note: The time limit for the course is 11:00 AM.

5K Course

Click here to watch the Course Preview!


Food and Nutrition info

There will not be any water stations on this course. Please bring your own water and nutrition.

Parking and Restrooms

There is limited parking at Bill Moore Community Park, so please consider carpooling if you are able. There are restrooms and porta-johns with hand-washing stations near the check-in and parking.

Race Route

Check out this link for the official Race Route.


Food Drive

Please help support our food drive! We will be accepting food drive donations for the food bank at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, NC. You can drop off your canned good when you check-in at registration. Our goal is 300 canned goods!

After you cross the finish line

After you cross the finish line, pick up your finisher medal at our contactless medal station, and you are free to head to your vehicle. Due to COVID-19, we are not having any type of after-party activity or awards ceremony, so you can head on home to your Thanksgiving and enjoy the rest of your day with family and friends.

Awards Ceremony

There will be a Virtual Awards Ceremony the following week via Zoom. We will send out an email with the Zoom link information, but you can also watch a recorded session on YouTube and Facebook Live after the ceremony takes place.

Good luck Turkey Trotters! We hope you have a great run and enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!


Run Local Accessories

Our Run Local accessories are a great way to celebrate all things running and support small business. These are available for purchase when you register through Race Roster. We appreciate your support! 

Run Local Beanie

Show off your love for running and help support local business when you purchase a Run Local beanie! Available when you register. Make great holiday gifts! 

iDaph Events Run Local Hoodie

Run Local Hoodie

Snuggle up in one of these awesome Run Local hoodies! Available for purchase when you register. Make great gifts for the runner in your life! 

Run Local shirt

Run Local Run Free t-shirt

What a gift to run through the beauty of our North Carolina mountains and forests. With running, we express who we are, our freedom, our love for the outdoors. Run wild and run free. Run local together in 2021. Available for purchase when you log into your Race Roster account.

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South Asheville Turkey Trot Podcast

Listen to the South Asheville Turkey Trot Podcast for everything you need to know for Turkey Trot Day and packet pick-up. You can download this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you listen to your podcasts.

Past iDaph Blogs

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

We can't wait to see you at the South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K! Here's what you need to know for Packet Pick-up and Race Day. We are thankful you're here! Thank you for signing up for the South Asheville Turkey Trot. We can't wait to celebrate our Thanksgiving morning...

New Years Resolution Run 2021

Registration is now open for the New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville

Kiss 2020 goodbye!

Join iDaph Event’s 2021 New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville

Celebrate the love of running, fitness, and the new year with iDaph Events 7th Annual Resolution Run, set for New Year’s Day on Friday, January 1st, 2021 in downtown Asheville, NC.

This annual in-person running event has assigned wave start times beginning at 10 am, so you can watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve and still get up in time to kick off the first day of the year on the right foot.

The race starts and ends in Pack Square, Asheville’s historic public square and the heart of Asheville. The New Year’s Resolution Run is a great way to stick to your fitness goals and stay active throughout the winter months while exploring the streets of downtown Asheville and its surrounding neighborhoods. The 10 Mile distance will not take place this year; instead, a 10K has been put in its place, along with the traditional 5K route. There is also a challenge option for endurance runners, which allows runners to run both the 5k and 10k distances for a total of 9.3 miles.

“After what we have been through as a community over the past year, I cannot imagine a better way to start off the new 2021 year,” says Race Director Daphne Kirkwood. “The New Year’s Resolution Run is an opportunity to let go of the last year together, safely and in-person.”

Changes due to COVID-19

As all of iDaph Events running events since the pandemic, this event will have major changes implemented to allow for a safe and socially distanced event. When runners register they must choose a wave start time and stick to that time when they start the race. The assigned wave start times are to ensure that runners stay socially distanced throughout the race from start to finish, and it eliminates a mass start. Each event has been capped at 150 participants.

A conditional permit has been approved by the City of Asheville on November 9, 2020 for this annual event to take place in downtown Asheville.

Runners are encouraged to bring their own water and nutrition for this event. In order to provide a safe experience for all runners, there will be no water stations or fuel stations on the race course.

For more changes due to COVID-19, please visit the Resolution Run website.

New for 2021! Virtual Option

Runners not ready to attend an in-person event or if from out of town are still able to be part of this annual Resolution Run. A virtual option for this event is also available, and runners can run the same course or a course anywhere to commemorate the start of a brand new year. Virtual participants will have access to the course information and receive all the cool swag mailed directly to their home. Top finishers are also eligible for prizes.

In-person event

5K and 10k runners participating in the in-person event will receive a race t-shirt, a commemorative finisher medal, a chip-timed race, a fully-marked course and a goody bag with their registration fee. Challenge runners will also receive an additional swag item. These swag items are a fun way to commemorate the first run of the year, and a reminder to runners that they have stuck to their fitness goals.

“For many, the t-shirt and commemorative medal will be a reminder to leave 2020 behind and provide a token of hope as together we look forward to a more healthy future in 2021,” says Kirkwood.

No after-party: But we can still have fun!

To commemorate the new year, a fresh start and the Resolution Run accomplishment, all finishers will receive a custom-designed finisher medal after they cross the finish line.

To discourage the gathering of crowds, there will not be any post-event celebrations for the in-person New Year’s Resolution Run. However, runners and spectators can check out Baires Food Truck, which will be on-site at the event serving up their delicious breakfast empanadas and special New Year’s empanadas, along with hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee.

There is plenty of space at Pack Square for spectators to come and cheer on their favorite runner during this event. We do ask that spectators wear masks and stay socially distanced from others while attending.

The awards ceremony will be held via Zoom the week following the event to announce overall finishers.

Sign up: Spots are limited!

It is time to say goodbye and good riddance to 2020 and HELLO 2021! For more details about this event, click the button below. 

Please note: If the permit conditions change due to COVID-19 event gathering restrictions, this event will be moved to a different location. There are no deferrals or refunds for this event.

New Year's Resolution Runners in downtown Asheville

Past iDaph Blogs

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

South Asheville Turkey Trot Pre-Event Guide

We can't wait to see you at the South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K! Here's what you need to know for Packet Pick-up and Race Day. We are thankful you're here! Thank you for signing up for the South Asheville Turkey Trot. We can't wait to celebrate our Thanksgiving morning...