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New Years Resolution Run

New Years Resolution Run

The 7th Annual Resolution Run 5K and 10K races through the streets of Downtown Asheville, NC on New Year’s Day, at a reasonable 10:00 am. Leave 2020 behind (like for REALZ) and let’s start 2021 off with a nice refreshing “leave it all behind” experience through downtown Asheville. This race welcomes families and participants of all ages to come run or crawl their way to completing their FIRST New Year’s Resolution! Bring warm layers of clothes, tie up your running shoes, and get ready to ‘run into’ 2021!

2021 Resolution Shirt
resolution run medal

Race Details:
10K
Start Times: 10 am-10:30 AM with 10-minute wave intervals of 50 participants max
5K
Start Times: 10:30-11 AM - 10 MINUTE waves
Challenge
Start Times: 10am-10:19 AM. Run both courses for a 15K. Special prizes for overall winners!

Each event is capped at 150 participants. 

Course Type: Paved Road & Sidewalk
Stroller friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? Yes

Course time limit is 12 pm (noon).

What is included with your race entry:

• A first-class running experience in downtown Asheville!
• An in-person, socially-distanced race with rolling, wave starts.
• 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 Medal.
• A free custom t-shirt to commemorate your first fitness goal of the year!

Free T-shirt deadline:
Participants who sign up before December 13th at midnight receive a free custom New Year’s Resolution t-shirt! Switch it out for a long-sleeve for an additional $10.

2021 New Year’s Resolution Run Pre-Event Guide

2021 New Year’s Resolution Run Pre-Event Guide

Family at South Asheville Turkey Trot

We can’t wait to welcome 2021 with you!

 

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New Year’s Resolution Run Podcast

Listen to the New Year’s Resolution 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. 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

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

Thank you for signing up for the New Year’s Resolution Run in downtown Asheville! May we all get off on the RIGHT FOOT together with this annual run on the first day of the year. Let’s all bring positivity, fun and enthusiasm to this special day that will mark a new beginning for each and everyone one of us.

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.

Looking for other activities around the area for New Year’s? Visit here to find out about more local happenings to ring in the New Year. 

VERY IMPORTANT: All participants must read and sign the COVID Certification and Release prior to participating in the race on Friday. THIS HAS been emailed to all participants to view and sign. 


 

Rolling Wave Starts

The race starts and finishes in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, NC. The address is 80 Court Plaza, Asheville, NC 28801.

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 selected a wave start time. You can show up and begin your race at any point during that 10 minute time window. 10k runners will start first according to the wave start time that you selected when you registered online.

  • 10:00 AM - 10:09 AM
  • 10:10 AM - 10:19 AM
  • 10:20 AM - 10:29 AM

5k runners wave starts are the following times:

  • 10:30 AM - 10:39 AM
  • 10:40 AM - 10:49 AM
  • 10:50 AM - 10:59 AM1

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! 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. The start and finish line are both in Pack Square, in two separate locations.

Challenge Participants:

The brand new Challenge, which is both the 5K and 10K, runners must start the 10k first and you would have signed up online for a 10k wave start time.  If you are participating in the Challenge, we suggest that you start your race close to 10am, no later than 10:19 am. You will finish the 10k race at the finish chute, then go to the start line again and do the 5k course.

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!!

10k Participants:

–  If you are participating in the 10k race, you will split from the 5k course at the 1.7 mile mark and continue onto Kimberly Ave at the intersection of Evelyn Pl, Kimberly Ave, and Edwin Pl.

5k Participants: 

- You will do one lap of the course. It is a 5k! Start at the start line, finish at the finish line at the Pack Square… easy peasy!

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 Race Day 

Packet Pick-up will take place on the day of the event at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville (you will see signs when you arrive). Please plan to arrive approximately 30 minutes before your assigned wave start time to check-in and pick up your swag and race bib. 

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.

Parking

There is plenty of available parking at nearby parking garages. You can also find metered street parking and parking at several nearby Parking Decks.

Spectators

In order to keep spectators and gathering at a minimum in the park, and for your friends and family to have the best experience watching you race, we highly encourage that they find some places downtown on the course to spread out and cheer you on. Specatators are required to wear face coverings. 

 

Race Route & Course Info

It is up to you to know the course and follow the course markings and signs along the route. We will have pink route arrows on the sidewalks and roads and pink spray paint. We will also have tall directional signs and yard signs with arrows. Please stay on the sidewalks when they are available to you. If there is not a sidewalk please run facing traffic on the left side of the road. Do not run in the middle of the road. FOLLOW THE ROUTE ARROW STICKERS ON THE GROUND! At the course split the YELLOW arrow on the ground will lead 10k runners straight up Kimberly Avenue. The Pink arrows on the ground will lead the 5k runners to the left on Evelyn. 

VERY IMPORTANT! 

The 10k and 5k courses will split on Edwin, Evelyn and Kimberly Ave intersection, a little over 1 ½ miles in… the 5k runners will take a LEFT and go on EVELYN… they will not go up Kimberly Avenue. If you do, well. You will be running 2x the distance you signed up for! The 10k will come back to this intersection at a little over 4 ½ miles and so you will see it again when you join back in on the rest of the 5k course for the last mile and a half of the run. 

 5k Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31272879

10k Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34484102

The Course time limit is NOON (for both races & Challengers). 

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 not be any water stations along the course.  Water and CLIF Bars will be provided at the finish.

FINISH LINE! 

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 delicious lunch from Baires Food Truck will have breakfast empanada, special New Year’s empanadas, and they’ll be serving up hot drinks such as hot chocolate and coffee. Please bring cash or card and hope support this awesome local business! 

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!

WESTERN CAROLINA RESCUE MINISTRIES
SHOE DRIVE

We are so excited to partner once again with Western Carolina Rescue Ministries! We are accepting monetary donations online and we will have a Shoe Drive at the event and at Fleet Feet Asheville.

 

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 and you can also purchase them in person at the race. 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.

2021 Resolution Run Sponsors

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New Years Resolution Run

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.

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Miles aren’t long with friends by your side

Miles aren’t long with friends by your side

by Stephanie Miller

If you’ve run a 5K in the Asheville area, chances are you’ve seen two ladies dressed in matching outfits with smiles on their faces looking like they’re having the time of their lives. They may be wearing tu-tus and tiaras, glow-in-the-dark running skirts, or the traditional dirndl.

Wherever you see them running, you can bet that Kim Walker, 64, and Melissa Drennan, 49, are bringing the fun. 

“You can pretty much run in anything, even a coconut bra,” said Melissa. “Just make sure the costume doesn’t chafe.”

This comment is followed by laughter from both ladies, who have been running together in various costumes since 2014. I myself have seen them at various running events in the Asheville area, and my curiosity about their story has grown with every new costume I’ve seen. Recently,  I had the pleasure of meeting both Kim and Melissa at the YMCA to hear all about it. Their smiles are infectious as we talked about their ongoing friendship, running, and their love for costumes (and beer). 

“I love the camaraderie,” said Kim. “I’ve met so many wonderful women through running that I wouldn’t necessarily have met. I thank Melissa for getting me back into running.” 

Melissa convinced Kim to sign up for the Highland Night Flight about five years ago. Kim was a mountain biker and hadn’t been running much, but she loved the idea of a glow-in-the-dark type run …and also the beer at the end. 

“We loved the glow in the dark idea,” Kim said, then adds: “What can I say? Beer, darkness, glow in the dark… we’re in!” 

After that race, they kept the running and beer theme going and joined Race to the Taps. Then, it was on to the Cooper River Bridge Run, the Trick or Trail 5K, Thomas Wolfe 8K, the Resolution Run, the downtown Turkey Trot, Light Up the Night 5K…They estimate they’ve run about 24 races together.

“About two cases of beer-ish,” added Kim, and they laugh again. 

I’m starting to think that I want to dress up in costume and run with these ladies. 

“Everyone is so encouraging,” said Melissa. “When you’re in costume, so many people want to talk to you. It’s very supportive and fun. And so encouraging.”

From Couch to 5K

Melissa didn’t start running until she was in her 30s. A former verified couch potato, she started running on her own and signed up for 5ks to stay motivated. The support from others made her realize that not everyone needs to run a 6 minute mile to be viewed as a “runner.”

“Everyone is so supportive no matter what your skill level is,” Melissa said. Kim smiled and nodded.

“The running community is a great community,” she agreed. 

Melissa remembers the first time she ran a mile without stopping, and what a big deal that was at the time. Now, her goal is to run one half marathon a year. She has already completed a few, including one full marathon. 

Not bad for a couch potato. 

“I have come a long way since then,” she admitted.

What’s her advice for a beginner?

“Just do it!” Melissa said enthusiastically. “Sign up. Find a friend. There are so many great running groups around here. So many breweries that do run clubs…”

Ok, so….

  1. Sign up for a race
  2. Use the Buddy System

“And don’t skimp on shoes!” Melissa added. “My whole world opened up when I bought new shoes. It was like night and day!”

      3. Buy GOOD new running shoes.

Got it! 

Keeping it fun

The main reason these two ladies run, however, is because they keep it fun. Kim started running in the 1980s and ran the Chicago marathon in 1985. She completed it in 4 hours, 10 minutes and 6 seconds. 

“I was proud of that!” Kim said.  

That kind of running burnt her out though, she admitted, and with two little kids and working full time, she took a break from running and rode her bike instead. Thanks to Melissa, she is back in her running sneakers and having a great time. 

“It just kept being fun,” she said.

Now, running is more about having a good time and costume planning. Both friends sometimes travel together, and their trips often lead to “vacation races,” allowing them to see the sights while enjoying their favorite sport. 

Vacation races are a great way to explore a new city or destination, but both ladies know that running in Asheville is hard to beat. With so many beautiful places to run outdoors, it’s no wonder we have such a strong running community. 

Plus the costumes.

“Oh, the costumes make it really fun,”, Kim added, smiling. 

“Everyone thinks we’re nuts!”

No, not nuts at all. Just totally inspiring. 

Kim will be joining us at the 2020 Frostbite event! Her costume will probably be “warm,” but if you see her be sure to cheer her on! Melissa will be traveling for work at that time, but we expect to see her at another future event. 

Advice for Running in Costume

“You can’t just throw a costume on willy-nilly. You might have to wear it around the house, run down to the mailbox. Your neighbors might wonder…but it’s worth it.” ~ Kim

“Make sure the costume doesn’t chafe. And wear good shoes!” ~ Melissa

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New Year’s Resolution Run

New Year’s Resolution Run

The 6th Annual Resolution Run 10 Mile Run & 5k Run/Walk races through the streets of Downtown Asheville, NC on New Year’s Day, at a reasonable 10:00 am. Start 2020 off with a bang! This race welcomes 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’ 2020!

 

  • Date: Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 @ 10:00am
  • Location: Pack Square, Downtown, Asheville, NC