Asheville Marathon and Half

Asheville Marathon and Half

Saturday, March 20, 2021



Relocated to Downtown Asheville for 2021


RUN 13.1 x 3

We are thrilled to launch the new 13.1 x 3 series for 2021, the Appalachian Trilogy! 
Sign up for the Asheville Half Marathon (March 20), Jump off Rock Half Marathon (May 8) & Black Bear Half Marathon (Oct. 9), and receive a gorgeous gold commemorative, Appalachian Trilogy medal. We will also have some super, cool swag to go along with this new challenge to keep you motivated to train all year long!

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. The Asheville Marathon & Half will plan to return to Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC for the 10th Annual event in 2022. Participants will help bring the economy roaring back with a safe, organized, fun and city-style running event in downtown Asheville, NC.

 Due to COVID-19, guidelines are being put in place to provide a safe and socially distanced event for our runners, volunteers, and staff, which is why the Marathon and Challenge events will not take place at the 2021 event. The event is capped at 800 participants and will include wave starts. We expect this event to sell out before race day. 

Registration will open on Thursday, January 27th for the 2020 participants and then will open on January 28th to the general public.

Start your 2021 Asheville Half Marathon in downtown Asheville Pack Square and run through the best parts of the city. Including downtown city streets, River Arts District, along the French Broad river and through the park for this city-style, 13.1 race. This fast, half marathon is a dream come true for runners looking to get a personal best in the mountains of Western North Carolina. With only 477 feet of elevation gain and 487 feet of elevation loss, runners will get a short sampling of downtown hills at the beginning and end of the race, but the majority of the miles are ‘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.This is the first race in downtown Asheville to explore these new greenways during a race. 

Runners will be on mostly paved surfaces throughout the entirety event with a few dirt sections within the French Broad River Park. 

  Race Details:

Course time limit is 12:30pm.

Start Times:

Half Marathon
Rolling wave starts 7:30 am until 9:10 am. 

Runners will sign up for a wave start time when registering. We highly encourage runners/walkers that want to enjoy the scenery and take their time during the race to start in the first or second wave to make the time cutoff.

Half Marathon is capped at 800 runners.

Course Type: Half Marathon, majority is paved, the scenic downtown course weaves through downtown into the River Arts District and along the French Broad River and back into downtown Asheville. 

Stroller friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? Yes

Registration Periods & Pricing
Regular: January 27- March 13
Late: March 14 -March 19

Virtual Race

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 a commemorative race shirt and finisher medal. 


What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class running experience in the late spring in Western North Carolina!
• An in person, safe and socially-distanced race with rolling, wave starts
• A scenic, (mostly) flat course in Downtown Asheville.
• 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 results
• Access to our community of runners in our Strava Group. 
• Spectator friendly courses

• One-of-a-kind Prizes 

Super-cool swag including:
• Unique Special Edition Finisher Medal
• Super comfy, custom-designed t-shirt
• Asheville Half Marathon Buff
• Goody Bag
Awesome post event food and treats:
• More info coming soon!


“Everything about this race was top-notch. The information sent out, the organization, and the fantastic demeanor of the staff and volunteers all exceeded expectations. The course is tough, but it is a gorgeous run that’ll have your head on a swivel. This is definitely a must-run race!”

– Crystal Roger Owens, Asheville Marathon & Half Participant

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. 

Past iDaph Blogs

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.

Past iDaph Blogs

Help raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate

Help raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate

Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate Teams up with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training Program 

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Named “Champion Charity” for 2020 Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate, honoring Race Director and Lymphoma Survivor Daphne Kirkwood 

 When Asheville Marathon race director, Daphne Kirkwood selected the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to fighting blood cancer, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) as the event’s charity partner in 2013, she had no idea that just a few years later she too would be affected by the disease and fighting for her life. Today, Kirkwood is in remission and announced LLS as the “Official Champion Charity” at the 8th annual event to take place March 21-22, 2020 at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. LLS’s iconic sports training program, Team In Training, will be bringing a nationwide team to participate in the race. 

 In June 2018, Kirkwood, an active runner, swimmer and cyclist who considered herself to be in “great shape,” went to the emergency room after experiencing unbearable pain in her lower back. After undergoing preliminary blood work, she was sent to the hospital for additional testing. Just a few hours later, she learned she had follicular lymphoma, a deadly blood cancer that usually builds up in the lymph nodes but can start in other parts of the body. She immediately began an intense chemotherapy regimen that continued for the next six months.  

 “While I was going through treatment, it was difficult for me to stay still. Physically, my body was tired, but mentally I was ready to go to war,” said Kirkwood. 

 She didn’t stop running and cycling throughout all of her treatments. Some runs turned into walks, and sometimes she could barely turn the bike pedals, but she kept up her routine and stayed as active as she could during that time.

 “Going through cancer I have realized it is the longest endurance event I will ever participate in,” she says.

 Now in remission since January 2019, Kirkwood is determined to personally fund cancer cures by joining LLS’s Team In Training program herself and forming “Team AMA” with her friends, family and race ambassadors. With her newfound perspective on the important research The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society funds, she felt compelled to invite LLS back to the Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate to raise awareness and fundraise for cures.

 “When I received my lymphoma diagnosis I knew that it would be very important for me to learn all that I can about my cancer and then support the organization that is dedicating its research dollars to finding a cure,” said Kirkwood. “It is VERY important to me, now for my own personal reasons, that we find cures!” 

 That invitation, of course, was accepted. 

 “LLS holds high value to the race partners that welcome Team In Training into their events, but this one connects at a deeply personal level,” said Amy Moore, National Director of Team In Training. “When Daphne reached out to share the shocking news of her diagnosis and asked us to partner with her again, it was an easy ‘yes’. Our first priority was ensuring Daphne had the support and information she needed as she began treatment and sharing LLS’s resources with her. We are thankful her treatments to date have worked and she is cancer free today, and it has been a joy to plan what will be a special race weekend to celebrate Daphne and the LLS mission in a big way at the Asheville Marathon.” 

About Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate 

The Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate is held on and run entirely on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, where runners will wind through paved and packed dirt roads to see hardwood forest, meadows, gardens, and extraordinary views of the Biltmore House and Estate. This is the original Asheville Marathon and first race of its kind to come to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina; don’t miss out on being part of history at Biltmore Estate.

For more information about the Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate, visit 

https://ashevillemarathon.com/. Follow the race on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

How you can help raise money for a great cause

Click here to learn more about becoming a fundraiser for the 2020 event.  

Click here to visit Daphne’s personal TNT  fundraising page. 

Learn more about Daphne and iDaph Events & Timing

Daphne is the owner of iDaph Events & Timing, which is based in Asheville, NC. To learn more about the iDaph team and their other events, visit their website at https://idaph.net/

Read our blog about her journey with lymphoma. 

Link to YouTube Video about Daphne’s journey with lymphoma: https://youtu.be/8Dddfl_WvI4

About Team In Training 

Team In Training is the world’s largest and most successful endurance sports fundraising and training program that raises funds through the delivery of a transformative experience that inspires and supports “teammates” through camaraderie, coaching, fundraising support and personal discovery. 


Past iDaph Blogs

Help raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate

Outracing Cancer: Daphne Kirkwood shares her personal journey with Lymphoma

“Cancer is a word, not a sentence.” – John Diamon

For Daphne Kirkwood, cancer was more like a question mark. It was the last thing she expected to hear from her doctors after finding herself lying on the hospital floor, writhing in pain. It was the kind of pain so intense she thought she had days, if not hours left to live.

“When they said it was lymphoma, I was like, ‘Cancer lymphoma? No. Cancer lymphoma?’”

An unexpected diagnosis

Daphne is the owner and race director for iDaph Events, an Asheville based company that produces cycling, running and multi-sport events, including the Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate. A mother of two, she is also a runner, swimmer and cyclist. Her youthfulness and healthy, active lifestyle do not make her a prime candidate for any type of illness. Her cancer diagnosis was a shock, to say the least.

“That day, I did a run and swim like I normally do…and then I noticed at the office I had back pain in my lower left back,” she recalls. “Thirty minutes later, I’m at urgent care.”

Doctors found an 8×4 sized lymphoma in Daphne’s abdomen area, laying on her kidney and ureter, along with other smaller lymphomas. Her official diagnosis: Follicular Lymphoma. She was told she needed to undergo chemotherapy starting just two weeks later and continue periodically for six months with intensive chemo and then two years of maintenance chemo in order to have relief from the pain and to live. 

“I was scared. The doctors told me the chemo should work quickly, and I was in so much pain that I just wanted relief. So, I was willing to do whatever it took.”

Daphne approached her treatments like everything else in her life: She went to work. She paced the room during her chemo sessions, instead of lying down, in order to speed along the process. Being active has always been comforting for Daphne, and chemo wasn’t going to change that. 

“I noticed people who were there were all getting their treatments and sleeping, just laying around. I didn’t want to do my treatments that way,” Daphne says. “I was going to war.”

Daphne didn’t stop running and cycling throughout all of her treatments. Some runs turned into walks, and sometimes she could barely turn the bike pedals, but she kept up her routine and stayed as active as she could during that time. She also found ways to occupy her mind during the treatment sessions by journaling and writing gratitude cards to her friends and family, “so she “could be grateful, instead of scared.” 

“I learned a long time ago that gratitude and fear cannot live in the same room, in the same space.”

After six months of intense chemotherapy, the chemo had worked, and she was officially in remission.

The journey continues

Daphne’s work is far from over, as continued chemotherapy, PET scans, and checkups for two years are all part of the preventative phase of lymphoma. It is not for the faint of heart, and the chemo is draining. 

“Going through cancer I have realized it is the longest endurance event I will ever participate in,” she says.

Daphne’s cancer diagnosis was, of course, life-changing: Mortality had stared her in the face, but her years of being a runner, cyclist and swimmer prepared her for the fight. She has the stamina she needs to carry on and appreciate the milestones along the journey. Known to her friends as the “Daphanator,” she strives to live each and every day to its fullest potential, which always includes spending more time with loved ones, and growing her business.

“I ask myself often if I am living to my full potential. Am I using my gifts? Am I serving my community? Am I giving back and contributing to this life beyond myself? Am I showing up as the best mom, the best girlfriend, the best lady boss, the best small business owner that I possibly can?”

Leukemia Lymphoma Society

Before her diagnosis, Daphne chose the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS) as the charity partner for her main event, the Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate. She had no personal ties or connections with them; she just believed they were doing good work and wanted to support them. Once she received her diagnosis, she knew their relationship would take on a different meaning. 

“Leukemia Lymphoma Society is determined to find cures for lymphoma, and I am all in when it comes to that mission,” she says.  “I am 42 years young, healthy and have a long life ahead of me…

“There needs to be more than treatments. There needs to be cures.”

How you can help

Team in Training

Team in Training (TNT) participants are helping to fundraise for LLS. Please join us in supporting Daphne and all teammates who work towards a future without blood cancer. Come run with us at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC on March 21 & 22, 2020.


Past iDaph Blogs