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

Couch Mountain Community Presenting Sponsor for Frostbite

Couch Mountain Community Presenting Sponsor for Frostbite

We are only one week away from Frostbite 2020! The 28th Annual Frostbite Races presented by Couch Mountain Community takes place on Sunday, February 16th in Fletcher starting at 1:45pm at the Lelia Patterson Center. The 5K and 10K race courses provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly to challenging terrain with some steep inclines sure to keep your blood pumping. The moderately rolling 1 mile course is a fun course that is fun for the whole family and all ages.

This year’s Frostbite is presented by Couch Mountain Community, a unique community located on a 200-acre upland plateau comprised of only 34 homesites. It is a sustainable community that puts a focus on wellness for its residents and our environment by providing beautiful community gardens, miles of wooded trails, scenic mountain views, bees, chickens, and more.

The Couch Mountain Community staff will be out on race day supporting runners and handing out race swag, and ALL of them will be participating in the events. They are big proponents of staying active and supporting the local community.

 About Couch Mountain Community:

Perched on an upland plateau, approximately ten miles south of Asheville, North Carolina and six miles north of Hendersonville, North Carolina is a unique upland mountain community known as Couch Mountain. This elevated two-hundred-acre tract of land offers stunning views of the Fletcher Valley to the north and expansive long range views into South Carolina to the south. The average slope of the developed portion of Couch Mountain is only 30%, which makes for some incredibly easy, buildable homesites.

Couch Mountain has been planned and designed as a low density, low impact community which simultaneously protects and celebrates its many unique natural features. Great care was taken to preserve 50% of Couch Mountain in perpetuity. An intricate network of thoughtfully designed and maintained trails meander throughout this extensive nature preserve. When combined with the community gardens and numerous public gathering areas, this planned community provides owners endless opportunity to focus on their mental and physical wellbeing. Couch Mountain is a place to escape, a place to rejuvenate and a place to proudly call home.

Visit the Couch Mountain website to learn more about their vision and make sure you high-five them at Frostbite on Sunday, February 16th!

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019 • 1:45pm 

1 MILE Fun Run, 5k, & 10k 
Family Fun Expo: games, booths, and music

PRESENTED BY: Willow Creek Dental

Returns to the Lelia Patterson Center




Follow The Signs!

Friday, February 15th:
Location: Lelia Patterson Center, 1111 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
Time: 3:00-5:00pm 

** The FIRST 200 to pick up their race packets will get a
Willow Creek Dental mug!**

Sunday (Race Day!) February 17th:
Location: Lelia Patterson Center, 1111 Howard Gap Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
Time: 12:30-1:45pm 


12:30—1:45 pm: Packet pick up at Lelia Patterson Center

1:30 pm: Indoor Family Wellness Expo at the Lelia Patterson Center

1:45 pm (promptly!): 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk begins at the Lelia Patterson Center

2:30 pm: 10k AND 5k Run start, presented by Willow Creek Dental, begins at Lelia Patterson Center

3:45 pm: (approximately) Beginning of 5k, 10k, and Partner Run Awards and Ceremonies with locally hand-crafted pottery awards for overall and age group winners. 

Post Race Food:  Fletcher Valley Market will provide post race fuel for runners. A variety of fruit, cookies and yummy soup plus a mixture of hot and cold beverages (from Pepsi) will be available to participants. Soup and hot beverages are available for purchase by friends and families of runners


Flat Rock Village Bakery Mobile Wood-Fired Pizza will be at the Frostbite Races! Just another opportunity to enjoy some great food!

YAM - Yoga & Massage will be attending the Family Wellness Expo providing post-race massages for participants!




CLICK HERE For more info on Courses, vendors, parking, & more

You Don’t Want to Miss This Deadline! 🐧

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019 • 1:45pm

1 MILE, 5k, & 10k 
Family Fun Expo: games, booths, and music

PRESENTED BY: Willow Creek Dental

Returns to the Lelia Patterson Center




The Frostbite races, presented by Willow Creek Dental, 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.

10k = Long Sleeved; 5k = Short Sleeved, or upgrade for $10 when registering online! T-shirts will be included (for FREE!) in your registration until February 5th!  After the 5th, shirts are available on a first-come, first-serve basis when you register online for $10.

Learn more about the 27th Annual Frostbite Races!