Biltmore Estate

The Location


In the Asheville Half, held on the grounds at Biltmore Estate, runners will explore 13.1 miles through America’s largest backyard. The Asheville Marathon halfers will wind through hardwood forests, meadows, gardens, and extraordinary views of the estate. Along the way, runners will pass landmarks including Biltmore House and gardens, America’s largest and most esteemed private residence. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau, perched over 8,000-acres of meticulously-tended gardens, is host to a million visitors a year. To learn more about Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

General Info

The half marathon is run entirely on private property on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. It will cover the east (mostly paved) side of the Estate. During the event, vehicular traffic will be very limited and controlled. Bib chip timing will be used for the event. Pre-race training on location prior to the event is prohibited since the entire course is on the private property of the Biltmore Estate. All participants must be off the course by 3 1/2 hr time restriction.

The privilege of running around the estate on race day is exclusive to race day only. There is no pre-event course preview or running allowed due to the private nature of the estate and the off-limit areas that our event covers during the events.

Visit our RACE DAY TIMELINE To see the whole schedule for the Marathon!
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Course Description

Like sprockets on a cog, runners will travel round and round at dizzying paces as they make their rounds upon the grounds of this enchanted estate. Participants will take in all manner of breathtaking sights and sounds as they complete loop after loop of the estate and its proximity. Beginning at Antler Hill Village and its many shops and attractions, the first loop will waft exquisite aromas from the kitchens of Deerpark Restaurant into the nostrils of competitors: surely a breath of fresh air to lungs that will no doubt be burning in the miles to come. Next, the course will lead to the site of the world-renowned Biltmore House itself, almost close enough to reach out and touch the doors to the main entrance.

Immediately thereafter, the journey will proceed into the Walled Garden. As the House’s splendid architecture gives way to horticultural marvels, the meandering route winds along the Azalea Garden and lagoon.

With the broad-shouldered French Broad coursing within its nearby banks, there will occur a transition to dirt carriage roads. Here full marathon entrants will head towards the “wild west side” of the estate via a newly built bridge while half marathoners, turn around and finish their final three miles on their way up to the finish area at Antler Village.

After crossing the finish line, halfers will get to partake in all the festivities and delightful shops at the village. Do you have what it takes to tackle “The Beast of the East” and make this early spring regal gala upon Biltmore your crowning achievement?

Water Stations

Our water stations provide a variety of options and choices to support your race experience and personal preference. We offer gels and electrolyte drinks and many stations will have a selection of fruit and cookies. All stations will have water.

Vote for your favorite volunteer water station after the race, and select a volunteer group, like our 2015 winner Girls on the Run of Western NC, to get crowned as Volunteer Water Station of the Year! More information about the Water Station Contest on our Volunteer Info page.

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GET TO KNOW YOUR 2017 FULL MARATHON WATER STATIONS:

  1. Deerpark – Mile 2 – Water Only
  2. Biltmore House – Mile 5 – CLIF Gels, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  3. Bearpen – Mile 7 1/2 & 23 1/2 –  CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  4. French Broad River – Mile 9, 22 1/2 & 24 1/2 – CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  5. Dairy Road/Line House Road – Mile 18 & 20  — CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  6. West Side Bridge – Mile 11 – CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  7. Alta Vista – Mile 12 1/2 & 13 1/2  – CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  8. Pine Top – Mile 15 1/2 – CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink

GET TO KNOW YOUR 2017 HALF MARATHON WATER STATIONS:

  1. Deerpark – Mile 2 – Water Only
  2. Biltmore House – Mile 5 – CLIF Gels, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  3. Bearpin – Mile 7 1/2  – CLIF Gels, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  4. French Broad River – Mile 9 –  CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
  5. Dairy Rd./Line House Rd. –  Mile 11 & 12.5  – CLIF Gels, Ally’s Bars, Coke, Fruit & Cookies, Water, Electrolyte Drink
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Spectator Tips

Along the French Broad River, near Antler Hill Village, and at the ‘West Side Bridge’ there will be great spots for family and friends to see the runner several different times during the event. This area will be the  designated cheering locations and spectator viewing. For more detailed information, visit our Spectators page.

Photography

Although we have professional photographers on the marathon course, runners are encouraged to bring a camera for special photo opportunities. You won’t want to miss the chance to capture this day with your own memorable photographs. Enter your best photo in our contest after the race for a chance to win a free entry into the following year. See official photos on our Race Photography page.

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2017 Asheville Half Marathon Course Map (not to scale)

Asheville Half Marathon Map - Letter Size

The Asheville Marathon & Half has great Charity Partners, who allow you to 'Run for a Cause', and the support of great Sponsors, like Chi-Running, who offers Training Programs geared towards Asheville Marathon & Half participants with professional tips and guidance to help you run the marathon faster, easier, and with less pain!

The Asheville Marathon is a certified race course and a Boston Marathon Qualifying event! USATF Sanction #16-13-044 and Certification Code #NC14024DF

Appalachian Distance Series of races has added the Asheville Marathon & Half to its Distance Series of the Southeast. Series includes: Asheville, Knoxville, Townsend, Chattanooga, and Oak Ridge. Complete all the races inside a twelve month period to earn your series finisher medal. Be sure to check out appalachiandistanceseries.org to get our event specific coupon codes.

Join our volunteer team!

It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the Asheville Marathon & Half run smoothly. Seize the opportunities to volunteer at this event to come and check it out or do a little extra if you are racing this weekend. We take good care of our volunteers with food, drinks, and a comfy volunteer t-shirt.