Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

Spreading the Warmth | Check out our February Event News

A note from Daphne…

It’s already been an exciting start to the year for our events. The New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville was wet and wild! Thanks to all the runners and volunteers that came out and ran with us despite the crazy rainy and windy weather! This race is always a great way to kick off the New Year, if you haven’t participated in this one before, consider starting 2022 off with us on your first run of the year next year. We heard that you all really enjoyed the 10k course (minus the stinker hill)! We always appreciate you all taking our race surveys so that we can make each year’s event the best ever.

We are ecstatic that we can bring the 9th Annual Asheville Marathon & Half to our community of endurance runners this year. Although the half marathon race will be relocated for one year only to downtown Asheville, we expect that our awesome community of runners will continue to make this race such a memorable event even this year.  For 2021, we will offer a Special Edition half marathon race only. The 13.1 mile route showcases some of the BEST of the downtown Asheville city streets, River Arts District, greenways, parks and the French Broad River areas. To top it all off, this city-scenic course is one of the flattest half marathons to ever be run in Asheville downtown areas. Runners are going to just love the new greenway section along the French Broad River in the River Arts District. What a treat! Now that we have the conditional permit in hand, we opened up registration last week with limited spots left available. 

Adding the new Jump off Rock Half Marathon & 10k to the schedule has been a joyful and fun project. We have had such a blast working with the City of Hendersonville, Town of Laurel Park, and the YMCA of Hendersonville on this Inaugural race. The half marathon is going to be one of the fastest downhill half marathons in the south… with a net elevation loss over the course of 13.1 miles, we are fairly certain that runners will get a PERSONAL BEST at this race. The 10k is going to be awesome too! Although the 10k isn’t a downhill race, it is mostly flat with a couple of rollers through the downtown Hendersonville City streets around Lake Osceola and it will finish downtown on Historic Main Street with the half marathon. Registration opens today at 3pm for this new set of races! Limited entries, wave starts and point-to-point races. 

Since we have three half marathons in 2021 *YAY*, we are looking to add a ‘challenge’ for runners to complete all three of the half races, either in person or virtually, and then get an awesome commemorative medal. We are brainstorming names for the new challenge. So if you have some ideas, head over to our Instagram page and leave a comment, we have a swag bag full of goodies for whoever’s ‘challenge’ name we pick!

We are continuing to finalize permits for races and are only opening online registration when we have those, that is why you see some online registrations opening up only weeks before races are happening. So keep saving the dates for our races listed below and checking our schedule for new events that are going to pop up this year. We have removed events from our 2021 schedule that we know will not happen this year because participants safety would be compromised. 

Finally, we continue to strive to keep all our community members, runners, volunteers, staff and spectators safe at our events through this pandemic. It is very important to us to be able to provide these safe, in-person event opportunities for our community to look forward to and train for even during a pandemic. Through this year, we will not let up and will continue providing social-distanced, wave start events with strict safety protocols in place throughout the events. This means lower participation numbers, separate start and finish areas, temperature and COVID screenings and more. To find out all our safety guidelines and what is being implemented for a particular race, check out the race website.

We thank all of you that have attended our events over the past eight months for such positive attitudes and for adhering to all the safety protocols we have put in place for our events.. If you get a free minute, leave us a quick Google review about your experience running in a socially-distanced race with us since the pandemic started. We would really appreciate it! You can do that here: Write a Google Review.

Keep moving friends,



Frostbite Races

Sunday, February 21, 2021
One Mile, 5k, 10k & NEW Challenge
Join us for the 29th Annual Frostbite presented by Hunter Subaru, 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 plus a new Challenge (a 15k!)  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 steep inclines. The flat and fast, 1-mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages.
NEW FOR 2021: All participants get a finisher medal! 


Asheville Marathon & Half

Saturday, March 20, 2021
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 and will help support the efforts of three local non-profits - Goodwill Industries,  Western Carolina Rescue Ministries & iDream Athletes Foundation. The Asheville Marathon & Half will plan to return to Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC for the 10th Annual event in 2022.
Registration is NOW open!


Jump Off Rock Half Marathon & 10k
A Scenic Downhill Half from Jump off Rock to Main Street in Hendersonville, NC.

Saturday, May 8, 2021
The Inaugural Jump off Rock Half Marathon & 10k presented by Hunter Subaru, takes place in Hendersonville, NC on Saturday, May 8, 2021.
Both races are point-to-point, with separate start and finish areas. The half marathon starts at the highest peak in the Town of Laurel Park at the historic landmark - Jump off Rock in Laurel Park. The 13.1 course is beautiful and scenic, with breathtaking views and will be one of the fastest downhill half marathons in the south with a net elevation loss.

The 10k will start at the base of Laurel Park at the YMCA of Hendersonville and will be mostly flat with a few rollers. Runners will join in on the half marathon course and get to explore the best of Hendersonville city streets and run around the iconic Osceola Lake and then finish in downtown Hendersonville.
Both races will end in the heart of the city on historic Main Street, Hendersonville. Runners will finish on closed city streets and can enjoy recharging after the race with yummy food and drinks and an afternoon of relaxation and exploration of downtown.

The Jump off Rock races will help support the efforts and upcoming programs for the YMCA of Hendersonville. Consider donating to the Y when you register online.  

Registration will open TODAY on February 1, 2021 at 3pm. Limited in-person entries will be available for both races.
A virtual event will also be offered.


Lung Buster Time Trial Series


Five time trial style, cycling events in WNC.
Participate in one or all of these! 

April thru August 2021

The Lung Buster Time Trial series is a five-part series of cycling events. The events take place here in Western North Carolina and will offer varioust routes both flat and up-hill time trials. The goal of the series is to provide a fun and professional race experience for cyclists while adhering to safe social distancing guidelines. All levels and abilities are welcome!

Due to the pandemic and social distancing and event gathering restrictions, the 2021 Lung Buster Time Trial Series has a twist with extended durations for participation for each event. Each race will be done on your own on a pre-marked course. The races can be done invidiually or NEW for 2021, on a 2 person team! We are also working on having the FINAL time trial in the series in August as an in-person, socially-distanced style event. Stay tuned for more info.  

Our unique mix of different racing environments allows riders of different strengths and focuses to level the playing field amongst competitors. Also, having five separate events means that one poor showing won’t ruin your opportunity to do well in the series as a whole. Whether you’re an elite time trial champion or a recreational rider on any bike of your choosing, come out and join the Lung Buster!  We have multiple categories to choose from.

Registration opens on March 1, 2021. 


Pop Up 5K Summer Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
June 23rd - August 25th, 2021
Come join us at the Bill Moore Community Park (formerly Fletcher Park) for our Pop-up 5k in the Park Summer Series and Virtual Challenge! Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting June 23rd and running until August 25th, we’ll be setting up a rolling start line from 6-8 pm and a fully marked 5k course for runners and walkers. There are no mass starts. This in-person running event is socially distanced, family-friendly, and dog friendly! There will be prizes along the way, awesome Run Local swag available, and flexible options for all types of runners. 

Registration opens on March 30, 2021. 


Hendersonville Triathlon

Sunday, June 27, 2021
The 2nd Annual Hendersonville Triathlon presented by Hunter Subaru, is back at Patton Park and the YMCA Patton Park Pool in Hendersonville, NC! The event consists of 400m pool swim, 12.5 mile bike and 5k run! The run uses portions of the Oklawaha Greenway and Patton Park, City of Hendersonville’s largest park.  The bike route is on paved roads around Hendersonville secondary and tertiary roads. We look forward to once again being able to offer this fantastic multi-sport event to our triathlon community. We have the permit in-hand for this event. Yay!
Registration opens on February 15, 2021. 


Asheville Triathlon

Sunday, July 18, 2021
iDaph Events is excited to once again bring this popular fast & fun sprint triathlon to Asheville, NC! The race consists of a beautiful outdoor pool swim in a 50 meter pool, rolling bike course and a flat and fast run course at the Asheville Recreation Park. This is the great event for every level of triathlete, from novice to elites. The pool swim is great for new swimmers & the run is a flat, ‘easy’ course to navigate. Elite athletes – get ready for a PR! This race is fast and is a huge hit among local elites. Note: We have submitted our event inquiry to the City of Asheville for the 2021 race. The event will take place in Asheville if the pool opens up this summer (this past year it stayed closed due to COVID and staffing issues). If it doesn’t open then we will move this event to Hendersonville, Patton Park again. We are excited to have this 2nd triathlon on our schedule for 2021 for our triathlon community!

Pop Up 5K Fall Series 5K

2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month
September 8th — October 27th, 2021
This is the same event as the Summer Series except with different times, prizes, and swag! The Pop-up 5k in the Park Fall Series and Virtual Challenge is every 2nd and 4th Wednesday starting September 8th and running until October 27th. Due to the time change, runners can start at the rolling start line anytime from 5-6:30 pm. 

Asheville Off Road Series

September 19, 2021
The Asheville Off Road Series at Biltmore Estate is a unique, challenge event that has grown into a local and regional favorite event over the years. The event includes three Gravel Grinder bike events, a duathlon and a 10k off-road run. Save the date for Sunday, September 19, 2021. More info coming soon.

Black Bear Half Marathon

October 9, 2021
The Black Bear Half Marathon presented by Hunter Subaru is back! This 2nd Annual,  in-person, half marathon running event in Hendersonville, NC offers a scenic, mostly flat course along the Oklawaha Greenway. With less than 400 feet of elevation gain and a socially distanced race, you don’t want to miss this IN-PERSON, half marathon running race this fall in Western North Carolina. We will also have a ‘virtual option’ for the race again. Park permits have been approved for the 2021 race.

Registration opens April 1, 2021. 


Trick or Trail 5K & Spooky Sprint 1 Mile

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
5K and 1 Mile distances! 
You don’t want to miss this family-friendly and Halloween-themed 5K and 1 Mile fun run. The Trick or Trail and Spooky Sprint presented by Hunter Subaru is a local runner’s favorite and offers fun for the entire family.

South Asheville Turkey Trot 5K

Thursday, November 25, 2021
The 4th Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru, returns on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25th. Come join us for this fun and festive 5K on one of the biggest running holidays of the year. Thanksgiving is the largest running holiday with families all over the country! Turkey Trots are a great way to start the day. You’ll share miles and smiles with your family and friends as part of this fun, annual tradition. 

Ugly Sweater Run

Saturday, December 4, 2021
Join us for this holly, jolly 5K, 10K and Challenge at the Riveter! 

Don’t miss this new annual holiday tradition! The 2nd Annual Ugly Sweater Run 5K and 10K presented by Hunter Subaru, at the Riveter in Mills River! 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. The courses start at the Riveter and run along scenic rural paved and farm roads, and return to the Riveter for even more merriment. 


New Year’s Resolution Run

January 1, 2022
The Annual New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville will be January 1, 2022. Plan to kick off 2022 on the right foot and celebrate with what we love to do most: RUN! This event starts at a reasonable 10:00 am and offers a 5K and 10K distance. We welcome families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2022! More information coming soon. 

We have plans to add a few NEW events in 2021! Stay Tuned!

“All events are currently in the process of permits and approvals. Locations and dates are subject to change. We will open online registration when we have the green light from the permitting agency for each event.”

iDaph Partner Events

*NEW EVENT* WCRM 5K Run, Shelby, NC — Saturday, April 17, 2021
*NEW EVENT* WNC NATURE CENTER 5K, Asheville, NC - Saturday, April 24, 2021
Chamber Challenge, Asheville, NC — Friday, May 14, 2021
White Squirrel 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, May 22, 2021
WNC Flyer, Brevard, NC — Sunday, June 6, 2021
Firecracker 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, July 3, 2021
Light Up the Night 5K, Asheville, NC — Friday, August 6, 2021
Tour d’Apple, Brevard, NC — Monday, September 6, 2021
Vampire 5K, Brevard, NC — Saturday, October 30, 2021

Events are in the process of permits and final approvals. Dates and locations are subject to change. 
Additional new partner events will be added for 2021, stay tuned!


Check out the iDaph Events Podcast!

Listen to our latest podcast about our upcoming 2021 events calendar and new events in the works!

With so many changes happening in the events world right now, our podcast offers you another way to stay informed about upcoming events and what to expect. Available on Apple iTunes, Spotify, and more.


Stay Tuned!

Stay informed via new events that we are planning for the fall and winter by following us on Instagram and our Facebook Page

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you would like to showcase your business and support healthy events in 2021, contact us to learn more about annual sponsorship opportunities. Email events@idaph.net
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 15-20 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 Post Event Recap!

South Asheville Turkey Trot Post Event Recap!

2022 South Asheville Turkey TrotWe had the best time trotting around Biltmore Park Town Square with all of you turkeys! Thank you for joining us at the Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru. You all were looking turkeyriffic! We are so grateful...

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

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 Post Event Recap!

South Asheville Turkey Trot Post Event Recap!

2022 South Asheville Turkey TrotWe had the best time trotting around Biltmore Park Town Square with all of you turkeys! Thank you for joining us at the Annual South Asheville Turkey Trot presented by Hunter Subaru. You all were looking turkeyriffic! We are so grateful...