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!

30th Annual Frostbite Races Event Guide

30th Annual Frostbite Races Event Guide

Frostbite Races

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday afternoon for the 30th Annual Frostbite Races presented by Hunter Subaru at the Lelia Patterson Center in Fletcher, NC!

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

Please take a moment to read through our pre-event guide blog. It has important information regarding the event. 

Race Start: Sunday, February 20, 2022

All the races start and finish beside the Lelia Patterson Center.  The address is 1111 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher, NC 28732. 

  • 1:35pm warm-ups at the start line led by Asheville Personal Training
  • 1:45pm // One Mile Fun Run (mass start race)
  • 2:20pm warm-ups at the start line led by Asheville Personal Training
  • 2:30pm // 5k + 10k  (mass start race)

If you need to switch your race distance from the 10k to the 5k or vice versa please email support@idaph.net. If you switch during the race, you will be disqualfied and it could effect the overall and age group awards and standings. We urge you to please change your race distance BEFORE you start the races.

Note: The races are a mass start style race. If you are late for your start time for the one mile, 5k and 10k races you will not be permitted to start the event. 


Packet Pick-up

  • Friday, February 18th from NOON until 2pm at the Lelia Patterson Center, Fletcher, NC. - Drive thru, style! No need to get out of your car. Look for signs and stay in your vehicle. 
  • Sunday, February 20th (race day) 12:30 - 2:15 PM - at the Leila Patterson Center


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

Outdoor Wellness Expo

In order to continue to practice safe gatherings, the wellness expo will be moved outdoors for this year’s event. Vendors will set up tents near the start and finish areas. Bring some cash! 

Restrooms are available inside the Lelia Patterson Center and outdoors at the rear of the Lelia Patterson Center (close to the back parking lot/track).  Face coverings are required indoors. 

Vendors at the expo: 

Hunter Subaru


Asheville Personal Training

Yoga and Massage

Green Moose Fuel

Fleet Feet Asheville

Humana serving drinks and cookies from Fletcher Inn

Hendersonville Community Co-op

BarebonesBrewhaus (coffee)

PT Solutions

Blue Ridge Community College

Western Carolina Chiropractic

and more! 

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.



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 are excited to have two water stations on the course. Green Moose Fuel will be leading the water station on Hutch Mountain Road that will be utilized by both the 5k and 10k runners (2x). There will be water at this station plus ‘moose fuel.’ The other water station is on the 10k course at approximately mile 2 1/2 and will be led by Fleet Feet Asheville! 


We are raising funds for the ABYSA scholarships for youth in our community. ABYSA scholarships give the gift of soccer to kids that wouldn’t be able to enjoy the game. You can make donations during registration or from our fundraising page.


Frostbite Races Finisher Medals

Your finisher medal is waiting for you at the finish! Please grab yours when you cross the finish line. 


Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place outside near the start/finish area at approximately 3:45 PM for the 5k and 4:00 PM for the 10k.

Prizes and Awards can also be picked up the week after the event at Fleet Feet Asheville or shipped for $10.


We have some super cool awards for this event! And, Fleet Feet Asheville will also provide Gift Certificates to the top 3 overall winners and top masters winners.

5k and 10k award categories

Overall (Top 3 in each gender)

Masters (Top 1 in each gender)

Age Groups (Overall top 3 in each gender)

12 and under









These awesome mugs will got to overall top finishers, masters top finishers, and the first place finisher in each age group. 2nd and 3rd place for each age group will receive a pottery tumbler. 

Frostbite Mugs

Run YOUR Fastest 10k!

New for 2022, cash prizes for the overall top three male and female winners of the 10k!

1st place - $100

2nd place - $75

3rd place - $50.

Not a super speedy runner? Don’t fret we will also give out TWO cash prizes ($50 each) for random ‘in the pack’ 10k finishers. Must be present at the awards ceremony to accept your cash prize!


We hope everyone has a fun and festive run!


Frostbite Sponsors


30th Annual Frostbite Races | Registration is NOW OPEN

30th Annual Frostbite Races | Registration is NOW OPEN

The 30th Annual Lelia Patterson Center Frostbite Races (5k, 10k & One Mile Fun run/walk) are presented by Hunter Subaru and take place on Sunday, February 20, 2022 in Fletcher, North Carolina. The Frostbite races are the OLDEST races in Henderson County! Be part of the annual tradition!

Both courses provide views of Hutch Mountain and are on hilly to challenging terrain, with some steep inclines on both the 10k and 5k courses. The flat and fast, 1 mile course, makes this premier racing event an opportunity for all running levels and ages.

The Frostbite races begin and finish at the Lelia Patterson Center, located at Howard Gap Road & Naples Road in Fletcher, N.C.

The 2022 non-profit race partner is ABYSA. The Asheville Buncombe Youth Soccer Association (ABYSA) is a 501( c ) 3 not for profit organization providing children and families in Western North Carolina with both recreational and competitive soccer programs.

*NEW FOR 2022*
You loved the snowflake design last year so we brought back the snowflakes and added the penguin tradition back.

NEW SHIRT OPTIONS! We have a short sleeve, brilliant blue, cotton/poly blend tee for free thru our shirt deadline or you can upgrade your shirt to a Brooks dri-fit, tech tee for only $5 during online registration.

All participants (10k and 5k) - will get an awesome pair of Frostbite, knit running gloves at the finish.

One Mile kids and youth participants get a Frostbite finisher medal.

Our famous wellness fair with community vendors, food, games and the Buddy K band is BACK for 2022! Bring your entire family and enjoy the entire afternoon with us.

For more info and to sign up visit HERE

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! 

Asheville Swim League

Asheville Swim League

The 4th Annual Asheville Winter Swim League will kickoff in January and go through February 13th on Thursdays from 6:30 pm-8 pm. All levels and abilities of swimmers are welcome to attend!

PLEASE NOTE: AVL WSL will end on February 13th this year due to pool repairs.  

What is the AVL Swim League? The intention of the swim league is to build a better swimming community in WNC. All levels and abilities of swimmers will be training together in a friendly, cohesive, structured and coached GROUP atmosphere.