Learn about our 2017 Charity Partners and how you can run for a cause!


Learn about our 2017 Charity Partners and how you can run for a cause!

Join one of our Champion Charity Partners below and claim one of their limited number of spots in the 2017 Asheville Marathon and Half. Register through the Champion Charity of your choice. Give purpose to your run by raising funds for causes in need. Doing this type of fundraising helps the charities immensely. The added perk is being part of a great group with extra cheers on race day!

Congratulations to our 2017 partners!


The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania
The Joseph Initiative

These local non-profit organizations are dedicated to a variety of causes and needs across western North Carolina and will be providing volunteer support before, during and after the 2016 event in exchange for a variety of fundraising opportunities! These are the folks who help drive our race participants to the finish line with a SMILE! Scroll down to find out more about their charity spots and running for a cause!

Interested in joining us as a 2018 Charity Partner? Find more info HERE.


About The Joseph Initiative

The Joseph Initiative is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that works with the local community and non-profit organizations to offer essential services and enrichment programs that strengthen families and community in Buncombe County. 
One of the JI major initiatives is to provide programs for teens that teach them human relation skills, like leadership and communication. They are currently serving this segment of our community because they are underserved. JI wants our community teenagers to know they have value and talent and have something to contribute to the Asheville community. They want to see them stay out of trouble, graduate from high school and go on to attend college or pursue and be successful at a career.
The funds generated through this charity partnership will not only help us fund these programs, it will assist us in better connecting the members of our community with one another. We are gearing up for our next multi-media class for teenagers. The course will be covering a number of topics from safety on social media to journalism. We are starting with a program that will engage the young people in our community by teaching them about the process of videography, while also teaching them about the Asheville community. The course requires the purchase of cameras and other videography equipment.
Want to learn more and run with the Joseph Initiative? Visit the Joseph Initiative website!
Want to learn more? Visit the Joseph Initiative website!

About The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County

The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club’s mission is to enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. We are more than an after school program. We are a youth development organization serving school-aged youth 5 to 18 years old. Our club is a positive place for kids and impacts the life of every young person it serves. We provide a safe place to go, a home away from home, where children feel welcomed and where they join together in wholesome recreation and companionship.
By becoming charity partners again with the Asheville Marathon, The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County hopes to gain awareness of our organization outside of our county that we would otherwise not have the opportunity to do so. Last year’s experience was truly positive for all involved from volunteers to those racing. We hope to have this opportunity again now that we know first hand how things work!

Race for a CHAMPION or COMMUNITY Charity in 2018!

We are seeking runners to help fundraise for our Community and Champion Charities in the upcoming 2018 Asheville Marathon & Half! When our partners are selected, you will be able to sign up through one of them and potentially get free race tickets along with your own cheer team and more perks for helping them!


About The Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont (GSCP2P) is one of 113 councils across the nation that offers the Girl Scout program to girls ages 5-17. With service centers in Asheville, Gastonia, Hickory and the Triad area, GSCP2P serves more than 18,000 girls in central and western North Carolina with the support and guidance of over 8,000 adult volunteers. In Buncombe County, GSCP2P serves over 1,000 girls in grades K-12 each year, through the commitment and dedication of about 400 volunteers. The unique Girl Scout experience begins with the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. Specific approaches drive the quality of the Girl Scout experience and are integrated into all activities and resources. Through the Girl Scout program, girls discover, lead and take action, building skills that yield the desired outcomes of courage, confidence and character. Ultimately, the Girl Scout program model—and the outcomes it delivers—reflects and fulfills our mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Find out more about becoming a Community Charity Partner or submit your organization on our Charity Partner Submission page. 

Great Running Socks for Good Causes

Blue 2015 Balega SocksNeon Balega Socks

2014 Balega OrangeGet your own pair of Asheville Marathon and Half Balega socks in the BALEGA BOOTH at the RACE EXPO. All proceeds from sales go to our Champion Charity Partners.

All Balega socks incorporate a hand linked toe closure which eliminates abrasion across the top of the foot and a knit extra deep heel pocket to ensure they fit the foot perfectly and don’t slide during activity.


 Support by purchasing Chance-to-Win Tickets!

The drawing will take place following the Race Expo, on the evening of (TBD). Winners will be notified via telephone and email. Package pick-up will be announced before the race. You DO NOT have to be present to win!



THANK YOU to our past Charity Partners!
2016: The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, Consider Haiti &
YoungLife of Asheville & Buncombe County
2015: Girls on the Run, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and Consider Haiti
2014: Charity Partners: Inheritance of Hope and Mountain Area Health Education Center
2013 Charity Partners: Leukemia & Lymphoma and Mission Cancer Foundation