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Asheville Marathon and Half

Asheville Marathon and Half

While in the final stages of preparing for registration to open tonight at midnight, we received word that the Asheville Marathon and Half will not receive the necessary final approvals to take place at the Biltmore Estate on March 20th, 2021. 

This news came as a complete shock, and we genuinely empathize with the disappointment of everyone who has already dedicated hard work and planning in preparation for the half this year. Believe us; we feel that exact pain ourselves. Since receiving the news, we have opened conversations with the City of Asheville to determine a possible new location for the event on the same date. 

2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

2020 Asheville Off Road Series: We will see you in 2021

John Smith and Connor Smith with masks on at Asheville Triathlon

The Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate is a unique, challenging event that has grown into a local and regional favorite over the years. Our 2019 event was our biggest event to date, and we were anticipating an even bigger number in 2020. We were looking forward to having another day of Gravel Grinder, 10K and Duathlon events, and sharing the excitement of racing with our participants.

The world had other plans, however.

We shut down registration for the 2020 Asheville Off Road Series in March due to COVID-19, and since that time we have been working behind the scenes with Biltmore Estate to make the event possible in some capacity. When we knew we were close to coming to a final event plan with Biltmore Estate, we sent out a survey to all of our participants to gauge community interest. We noted that there would be some major changes to the event, such as the deletion of the duathlon, staggered start times, wave starts, and other safety guidelines we would put in place to encourage social distancing.  

Although the response to the survey was mostly positive and encouraging, we did not feel there were enough responses to ensure we would have the necessary number of participants for this year’s event.

Therefore, it is with heavy hearts that we are foregoing the 2020 Asheville Off Road Series this year and will instead plan for a completely epic event in 2021. With 40 percent of our participants not feeling comfortable at this time to attend an in-person event — AND with September being saturated with scheduled events already — we have opted to cancel the 2020 event completely. We are taking the safety of our participants very seriously, and although we could have this event in a safe and socially distanced way, given the survey results it would not be a viable option for our small business.  

We are offering our current registrations the option to defer their registration to the 2021 event, to donate their registration costs to the iDream Athlete’s Foundation, or to receive a refund. 

Registrants must submit a formal decision by August 31st at midnight by selecting one of the options in the link below. All responses must be submitted using the options in the link, and any other form of response (phone calls, emails, Facebook comments, etc) will be directed back to this page to make a selection.

If you do not respond by August 31st at midnight, your registration cost will automatically be donated to the iDream Athlete’s Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. As we continue to evolve with the changing times, your continued involvement in our future events is more important than ever. Please stay tuned for other upcoming events this year by following our Facebook and Instagram pages, and updates on our websites. We hope everyone stays safe and continues to MOVE FORWARD in their athletic training and goals. 

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Asheville Half Marathon

Asheville Half Marathon

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Take the 13.1 mi. challenge – Run in America’s largest backyard!


 Asheville
Half Marathon


Returning to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Saturday, March 21st, 2020
AND
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

 

Asheville Half Marathon

Asheville Half Marathon

CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Take the 13.1 mi. challenge – Run in America’s largest backyard!


 Asheville
Half Marathon


Returning to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Saturday, March 21st, 2020
AND
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Asheville Half Marathon voted best half marathon in North Carolina

Asheville Half Marathon voted best half marathon in North Carolina

The Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate recognized as Best Half Marathon in North Carolina 

The results are in! We are super excited to announce that the Asheville Half Marathon at Biltmore Estate has been recognized by RaceRaves as the top half marathon in North Carolina.

RaceRaves, the leading online race finder and reviews community for runners of all levels, has announced the winners of its “Runners Choice: Best Half Marathons in the U.S.” poll. The top race in each state was crowned based on votes from thousands of runners across the country.

Common themes among the winning events include exceptional production and on-course support, strong community involvement, and a course that showcases the beauty and attractions of the local region.

Due to the popular demand of the half marathon distance, Race Director Daphne Kirkwood, added the 13.1 event to the Asheville Marathon in 2014. The half marathon is a perfect distance for busy runners to stay motivated through the winter months to run and to be able to train for and accomplish as a spring race goal. 

“This boutique style half marathon event is purposefully limited in participant size, so we can spoil all our runners with a fantastic, memorable running experience,” says Daphne. “What a gift to show up at this event in March (after months of training in the winter months) and get to run entirely on the private estate at Biltmore! It is an unforgettable experience and we are honored to have been named the Best Half Marathon in the State of North Carolina.”

About the Asheville Half MarathonSituated on nearly 7,000 acres of private land in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Biltmore Estate is the perfect venue for a “unique, picturesque” half marathon. Run entirely on Estate grounds, the mostly paved and moderately hilly course guides runners past manicured gardens, through hardwood forests and along the French Broad River culminating with a visit to Biltmore House, the centerpiece of Biltmore Estate and, with four acres of floor space and 250 rooms, the largest privately owned home in the United States.

Asheville is a course so nice, you’ll want to run it twice — and you can with the Backyard to Backyard Challenge, in which runners complete the half marathon course on both Saturday and Sunday to earn bragging rights and exclusive swag.

 This initiative exemplifies our passion and commitment to help runners discover the best races across the country,” said RaceRaves Co-founder Mike Sohaskey. “We’re fired up by the enthusiastic response from runners nationwide, and we congratulate the Asheville Half Marathon on this well-deserved accolade.”

 The complete list of winning half marathons by state is available on RaceRaves.com. 

About RaceRaves

Founded in 2014, RaceRaves.com is the leading online race finder and reviews community for runners of all levels to share their experiences and find their next challenge.

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