Frostbite 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Frostbite 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run

Need a goal to keep you running this winter? Join us for the 30th Annual Frostbite, 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, 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 moderate inclines. The flat and fast 1-mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages to participate together. 

Race Details:

1 Mile Fun Run
Start Time: 1:45 PM

Start Times: 2:30 PM

Start Times: 2:30 PM
10k Course time limit is 3:45 pm.

Course Type: Paved Road

Stroller friendly? One Mile only

Dogs allowed? One Mile only

What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class running experience in beautiful Fletcher near Asheville and Asheville Regional Airport!
• Chip-timing for accurate results.
• A totally set up and well-marked course.
• Spectator-friendly course.
• One-of-a-kind Prizes, Race Swag, and Commemorative Finisher Gloves. 

Free T-shirt deadline:

Participants who sign up before Sunday, January 30 at midnight receive a free custom Frostbite t-shirt!

Frostbite Pre-Event Race Guide

Frostbite Pre-Event Race Guide

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday afternoon!

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Frostbite Run Podcast

Listen to the Frostbite Run Podcast for everything you need to know for New Year’s Day and packet pick-up. You can download this podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or anywhere you listen to your podcasts. 



To stay up-to-date with all the race happenings our pre-race 
Frostbite Run Blog will be updated periodically as well are the Frostbite Race Facebook Page. 

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

Thank you for signing up for the Frostbite Races presented by Hunter Subaru at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher, NC. We can’t wait to see all of you this weekend!

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 Resolution Run, or check out the recorded podcast on YouTube.

COVID Certification & Release

VERY IMPORTANT: All participants must read and sign the COVID Certification and Release prior to participating in the race on Sunday. Go HERE to view and sign. 

Rolling Starts

The race starts and finishes beside the Lelia Patterson Center. The start and finish are in two separate spots next to each other.  The address is 1111 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732. 

Temperature screenings by PT Solutions will take place near the start line before participants start the race. 

In order to safely socially-distance runners throughout the race, we have implemented rolling wave starts for this event. There is no mass start. When you registered online you were given a wave start time. You can show up and begin your race at any point during that time window. You DO NOT have to show up and start your race right at the start of the wave window. For example, if you are a one mile participant you can show up and being your run at 1:22pm if you would like. Here are the start wave windows: 

  • 1:00-1:30pm // One Mile Fun Run - Rolling starts begin 
  • 2:15-2:25pm // 10k rolling start - anytime between 2:15 and 2:25pm 
  • 2:30-3:30 PM // 5k rolling start - anytime between 2:30-3:30pm 

CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS: Challenge participants (both races) must start the 10k 1st at 2:15pm, and start the 5k by 3:30pm no exceptions

If you need to switch your wave start time, CLICK HERE for instructions on how to do so.

As soon as you get to the start line you will start your race. No hanging out. No waiting around…. so don’t come to the start line until you are READY TO GO and until it your wave start window for your distance race! This rolling start style of race is more laid back and doesn’t have that same amount of pressure that a mass start race does. 

Challenge Participants:

The brand new Challenge, which is both the 5K and 10K, runners must start the 10k first.  You will finish the 10k race at the finish chute, then go to the start line again and start the 5k.

Participants in the Challenge will be competing in the 5k and the 10k races and listed in each of those results. We will not have a ‘cummulative’ time or awards category for the Challenge (15k) participants. All Challenge participants will get their own special swag for participating in the Challenge and will qualify for awards in the 5k and the 10k races. Please only take one finisher medal. They are the same for both races. THANK YOU!!

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. All volunteers and staff members are also required to wear masks at all times.

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

Packet Pick-up is on Friday, February 19th from NOON until 3pm. 

Packet pickup will take place at the Leila Patterson Center on Friday, February 19th from 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM. It will be drive-thru style, so there’s no need to leave your car!

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no day-of packet pickup session. If you can’t make it on the 19th, you can have a family member or friend pick it up for you on the 19th.

VERY IMPORTANT: Have your race number pinned on the FRONT of your shirt/outer layer! We must be able to see your race number at all times. If your race number is underneath a jacket, your time may not register on our timing system. 

If you have any questions please email support@idaph.net.


The closest parking option for race day is the Fletcher Seventh-day Adventist Church at 1141 Howard Gap Road. It is next door to the Lelia Patterson Center. The Lelia Patterson Center parking is reserved for their fitness center members on race day. Overflow parking is available across the street from the AdventHealth Hospital on Naples Drive. DIRECTIONS TO LELIA PATTERSON CENTER


In order to keep spectators and gathering at a minimum, and for your friends and family to have the best experience watching you race, we highly encourage that they find some places along the course to spread out and cheer you on. The one mile course is very specatator friendly, parents and friends and family can walk around the track and baseball field to watch. Specatators are required to wear face coverings. 

Course info is on our blog and website

Race Route & Course Info

Complete course preview on YOUTUBE is HERE. 

It is up to you to know the course and follow the course markings and signs along the route. We will have colored markings on the roads and have tall directional signs and yard signs with arrows on the courses. FOLLOW THE ROUTE ARROW STICKERS ON THE GROUND!

5k: We will have pink route arrows on the roads and pink spray paint.

10k: We have yellow route arrows on the roads and yellow spray paint. 


Howard Gap & Hutch Mountain Roads: At the course split (at .5 miles) the YELLOW arrow on the ground will lead 10k runners straight up Howard Gap Road. The Pink arrows on the ground will lead the 5k runners to the RIGHT on Hutch Mountain Road. 

10K Course Details

Start at the Lelia Patterson Center, 10k runners take RIGHT onto Howard Gap Rd. Runners will continue on Howard Gap past Hutch Mountain Rd and past Patty’s Chapel Rd and go all the way to Jackson Rd. They will turn right on Jackson Rd and run to Patty’s Chapel Rd. They will then turn right onto Patty’s Chapel Rd and run to Howard Gap Rd. They will turn left at Howard Gap Rd back toward Hutch Mountain Rd. They will turn left onto Hutch Mountain Rd and make a U-turn on Hutch Mountain Rd and run to the finish line at the LPC. (10k runners watch for U turn signs on Hutch Mountain Road.)


5K Course Details

Runners will start at the Lelia Patterson Center, several minutes behind the 10k runners. 5k runners will turn right onto Howard Gap road and then a RIGHT at Hutch Mountain Rd, continue on Hutch Mountain Rd to approximately Pitman Rd, where they will make a U-turn and proceed to the finish line at the LPC.


 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Course Details

Begins at the Start line beside LPC, loops around by Fletcher Academy, follows path to track, run lap around track and around ball field (2x) and then return to path to Lelia Patterson Center and the Finish Line.



Challenge participants must start the 10k in the first or 2nd wave, return to the finish and then start the 5k race when they are finished.

Elevation for 10K

Frostbite 10K Elevation graph

Elevation for 5K

Frostbite 5K Elevation graph

Elevation for 1 Mile

Frostbite 1 Mile Elevation graph

Water Stations

We encourage you to bring your own fuel, nutrition, and refreshments for the run so that you can stay socially-distanced throughout the entire event. There will one water station on the course that can be used by the 5k and 10k participants (2x) on Hutch Mountain Rd, near Amble Lane. Water and CLIF Bars will be provided at the finish.


Your finisher medal is waiting for you at the finish! Please grab yours at our contactless Finisher Medal Station. (CHALLENGE PARTIICPANTS ONLY GET ONE MEDAL PLEASE!!)

Grab a hot drink from the Barebonesbrewhaus coffee cart while you are out with us! Please bring cash or card and support them for coming out to serve you. 

We ask that you exit the finish area after you are done with the race so that we can keep all our community safe and make room for the rest of the finishers. We will not have the typical Family Fitness Expo at this years event. We look forward to returning this expo in 2022!

Virtual Awards Ceremony

Due to COVID-19, we are not having an awards ceremony. We will do a Virtual Awards Ceremony via Zoom, and that link will be emailed to our participants after the event.


We hope everyone has a fun and festive run!



The iDaph Support Team

Frostbite 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

Frostbite 10K, 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

The Frostbite races begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center and feature a Family Fun Expo with games, booths & music. Both the 10k and 5k courses provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly to challenging terrain, with some steep inclines. The moderately rolling 1 mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages.
The Frostbite Race Results are in!

The Frostbite Race Results are in!

Thank you to all the participants that came out to the 28th Annual Frostbite 5K, 10K and 1 Mile Fun Run! We had over 500 people registered for the race today, which means we surpassed our number from last year! 

Congratulations to our Overall Male and Female winners along with all the finishers today!

A huge thank you to Couch Mountain Community for being our presenting sponsor this year! Those towels they gave out at the finish line were AWESOME!

Thank you Lelia Patterson Center for once again providing the space for the event, and your continued support over the years. 

We would also like to give a huge thanks to Hunter Subaru for their continued support. We hope everyone got to check out their Subarus at the event! Thank you Ingles Markets for providing yummy snacks and beverages, and we KNOW you all enjoyed the warm up by our friends at the Training Post and Fitness

We also would like to thank PT Solutions, Willow Creek Dental,  Go Mini, Academy Press, Fletcher Academy, Flat Rock Bakery, Fleet Feet Asheville, Athleta, LAMAR, Yoga and Massage, and Muirhead Freeman for helping to make this Frostbite 2020 such a success. 

Race photos will be out soon! Thank you John Neff! 

Frostbite Warm-Up featuring our Frostbite Penguin

Frostbite Warm-Up featuring our Frostbite Penguin

by Stephanie Miller

Who doesn’t like a warm-up before a race? Warming up before you run is a great way to avoid muscle pulls, cramps, and it gets your blood flowing into your hands and toes on a cold day!

This year, we invited The Training Post & Fitness to lead our warm-up for our runners before the Frostbite events begin. The Training Post and Fitness is a community based strength and conditioning gym in Fletcher, NC, and their owners, Jen and Bret, will be leading the crowd in jumping jacks, stretches and maybe even some burpees to get our runners going. 

Our iDaph Team paid Jen and Bret a visit and brought along our Frostbite Penguin for a “trial warm-up”. Apparently it’s true: Penguins do not do burpees.

Please enjoy our fun video, and join us for this year’s Frostbite 5k, 10k and 1 Mile Fun Run, which takes place on Sunday, February 16th at Lelia Patterson Center! The event will be followed by a family-friendly wellness expo, featuring live music, games, food and beverages, and various booths and vendors. The race starts at 1:45pm, and this year EVERYONE who registers by February 10th will receive a race medal!

Click here to check out our Frostbite page, which includes information on deadlines for t-shirts, medals, and specials for friends and family members. Come and run with the Penguin!

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