Here are some common questions about Asheville Marathon & Half.
Why is the Asheville Marathon called a boutique style marathon?
While the course runs by what was once the largest private home in the US, this is truly a grass roots event allowing runners to view life at a slower pace. The farms, the woods, the vineyards, the dirt roads, the open spaces and lack of noisy spectators allow athletes to run for the enjoyment. So many marathons are turning into circuses with glitz and noise, this one doesn’t need gimmicks.
We also limit the number of participants to 1,525 per day, so that every participant can have a special, awe-inspiring running experience. By keeping our field size small, runners are able to soak in the scenery and have plenty of room to run. In addition, they have the ability to run at their pace without being pushed or pulled around with the masses, that you tend to find in other large marathon and half marathon events.
What are the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge and Backyard to Backyard Challenge?
The Backyard to Vineyard Challenge (or “Challenge”) is an opportunity for our race participants to see MORE of the beautiful grounds of the Biltmore Estate! Since the Asheville Marathon and Half is expanding to TWO days, with the Half Marathon happening on Saturday, March 17, 2018 and the Full Marathon happening on Sunday, March 18, 2018, the Challenge gives participants to do BOTH!
The Backyard to Backyard Challenge (or “Challenge”) is a brand-new opportunity for participants to challenge themselves and enjoy two beautiful days of racing on the Biltmore Estate. Because the half marathon is now offered on both Saturday and Sunday, participants can run both races for an extra challenge
Challenge Finishers will receive each distance’s race medallions each day plus a special, just-for-you Challenge Finisher’s Jacket, bragging rights and the opportunity to run on the very-private West Side during the Full Marathon! Pricing and registration is available on ImAthlete, HERE!
Does the event offer a half marathon option?
Are relay teams allowed to participate in the Asheville Marathon or Half?
No. We do not offer a relay division. Each participant must individually complete the full 26.2 or 13.1 mile distance.
What is included in my entry fee?
Participating in this event automatically puts you in the history books as you will be part of a historic event at Biltmore Estate! Every participant will receive a women’s specific or men’s running shirt, a goodie bag filled with awesome schwag from our sponsors and a finisher’s award. Blankets for full marathon runners and access to the post race party for all!
Also, there is water at every Water Station on course, gels and electrolyte drinks are at Water Stations #2-#9 and refreshments at the finish line.
This is my first running event or I’m looking for a PR/time-goal. Can you direct me to a training program?
Please visit our website under “Training” for several training program options as well as other helpful tools such as training tips and pace charts.
If I am signed to run the marathon and cannot complete the race do I still get a finisher award and blanket?
No. If you running the Full or Half marathon and have to drop out you will not be eligible to receive a finisher award and blanket. Should you need to drop out, we will have a sag vehicle that will be following the last runner on the course and will pick up runners along the way who are unable to complete the event. Please keep in mind that runners will be required to stay in the sag wagon throughout the duration of the race, until the last runner comes to the finish line.
I am traveling from another town. Can you direct me to your Race Headquarters Hotel and other hotels in close proximity to the start/finish line area?
Our race headquarters hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel and is approximately .3 miles from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. For the DoubleTree Hotel contact information and a list of other recommended hotels please visit our Hotel page on our website.
How do you time the events?
We use the state of the art MyLaps Timing system. There will be a timing chip on the back of your race bib and their will be timing mats placed along the course and at the finish line.
Is there a wheelchair and/or handcrank division in the race?
No, due to the off-road nature of many miles of this event, there is a not a wheelchair division.
What is the Marathon Expo? Do I have to go? Does it cost money?
The Asheville Marathon & Half Health & Fitness Expo is FREE and open to participants, their friends and family, and the general public. The Expo will be held on March 16th, 2018 (for half marathoners, community and spectators) and packet pick up on March 17th, 2018 (for full marathoners, community and spectators), at Race Headquarters – DoubleTree Hotel. Each registered participant is required to attend to pick up their race bib (includes the timing chip on bib), t-shirt and race bag.
Additionally, the Expo is a great place to get great deals on shoes and clothing, meet running legends, sample new products and more. Check back on the website for speaker schedules, vendor info and other information.
I won’t be able to participate; can I still pick up my t-shirt?
YES! Please stop by the Expo and pick up your bib, t-shirt and goody bag. Please let us know if you are not able to run when you are at the Race Expo so that we won’t be looking for you on race morning.
Do I have to ride the Shuttle onto the Estate? Can I drive?
Nope. You are not required to ride the race shuttles onto the Biltmore Estate. You can certainly drive your own vehicle onto the estate. We recommend riding the shuttles (you can purchase tickets here for $10 each) to allow you to have a relaxing race morning without worrying about parking or driving. Check out the shuttle options HERE.
Who are the other sponsors of the event?
To see the full list of sponsors, please visit the Sponsors section on our website.
I have a friend who would like to volunteer, can they help?
YES! We always need an extra set of hands! Please visit our Volunteer Page to learn about the opportunities available for volunteers.
Is the Asheville Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?
Yes! The Asheville Marathon is a certified race course and Boston Qualifying event! USATF Sanctioned Certification Code #NC14024DF
Is it safe and secure to register over the Internet?
YES! The Asheville Marathon & Half has partnered with imATHLETE who is a leader in online registration. Their website is safe, easy and secure. They guarantee that your personal information will be safe.
If I registered for the Half, but want to switch to the Full, or vice versa, can I do that?
If you are registered for the half marathon and wish to transfer into the full, and should there still be spacing in the full marathon, you may transfer into the full. There is a transfer fee of $20.00 if you do elect to switch before the race or on race weekend. Please log in to your ImAthlete account and make the change until February 28, 2018; after that, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us at the Solutions Booth at the Race Expo.
If the capacity limit has been reached for the Half can I sign up for the Full marathon and then switch to the Half? (or vice versa)
No, because we have a capacity of 1,525 participants each day. Switching cannot be accommodated when an event you wish to switch into is full.
If the capacity limit has been reached for the entire event, will there be a wait list?
YES, in the event that both races reach capacity, we will open a wait list. You will have to pay the full entry fee to get on the list, and will not be guaranteed a spot in that years’ race. If you don’t get into that year, you will be given a coupon code to register for next years’ event. Join the waitlist for 2018 by signing up with ImAthlete.
If I am signed up on the waitlist and spots open up, will I automatically be moved into the race?
YES. As individuals cancel their registration, folks on the waitlist will be automatically moved into the event and will receive email notification of their new status. All individuals that are moved from the waitlist into the event will be notified by March 1, 2018.
I see online registration is closed can I still register?
YES. If spots are still available, you can register at the expo. The fee will be $155. contact email@example.com to let us know you wish to sign up at the expo!
I found out I can’t run but I see online registration is closed. Can I still transfer my bib?
YES. After Feb 28, 2018, all transfer will need to take place at the expo on Friday, March 16 between 11am-7pm. There will be a $20 transfer fee and the original participant needs to send a letter stating they have given permission to the new participant for the transfer.
If I don’t make it into the race from the waitlist will I be automatically registered for 2019 event?
NO, if you do not make it into the 2018 event waitlist, you will receive a discount code good for the price you paid to sign up for the waitlist. When 2019 registration opens, you will need go in and sign up for the 2019 race. This code must be used before the 2019 race sells out.
Will the race CHAMPION charities have 1⁄2 marathon spots to sell when the race sells out?
YES, our Champion Charity Partners will have both marathon and half marathon race entries to the race. Running with one of our charities guarantees your entry in the race when the race has sold out and allows you to run with a purpose!
What are the age requirements for registering for a particular event?
Participants under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their Registration Waiver for all events. We do not recommend that participants under 18 run in the full marathon event, minimum age for marathon is 16 years old.
On my registration my name is misspelled, my age is wrong, I have moved, etc.
I do not remember if I registered, can I get another confirmation email?
Please visit imATHLETE and log in to your account profile. If you have any issues please contact imATHLETE support directly.
Can I transfer my registration to a friend if I can no longer run or just wish to give it to someone esle?
Yes. But due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any walker or runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number can be disqualified at the discretion of the race director. If you wish to transfer your entry to someone else, there is a $20 transfer fee and this process can be completed by contacting imATHLETE, the registration platform at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc). Can I get a refund?
We are sorry, but we do not offer refunds for this event. However, you may transfer your entry to another runner. There is a $20 transfer fee.
How do I cancel my registration on IMATHLETE?
If you ARE A MEMBER of imATHLETE and know your password:
- Go to imathlete.com
- Make sure you are logged in (click the “log-in” link on the top right of the page.)
- Click “My Events” on the navigation bar
- Select “Manage Registration” next to the event you want to cancel
- Click “Go” next to “Cancel registration”
If you ARE NOT A MEMBER of imATHLETE or you just don’t feel like logging in.
- Go to imathlete.com
- Click “My Registrations” link on the navigation bar at the top of the page
- Select “Edit Registration”
- Enter the confirmation code for the registration and click “Submit” (Your confirmation code is on the receipt you received after registration)
- On the next page click the “Go” button next to “Cancel registration”
Can I defer my entry to 2019?
The Asheville Marathon & Half does not offer deferrals.
If the Half Marathon is sold out and I sign up for the Backyard to Vineyard or Backyard to Backyard Challenge and then choose not to do the full marathon can I get my money back for the marathon?
No. If you choose to purchase a Challenge entry and then decide to not to run one of the races we will not be issuing any refunds or discount codes. If you are looking to gain entry into just the half marathon (and see it is sold out), check out some of the other options to gain entry into the half found HERE!
Can’t I just “give” my entry to my friend if I cannot run?
No. Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any walker or runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number can be disqualified at the discretion of the race director. If you wish to transfer your entry to someone else, there is a $20 transfer fee and this process can be completed by contacting imATHLETE, the registration platform at email@example.com
What is the temperature usually like on race day in Asheville?
Our inaugural event happened to be on the coldest day on record in Asheville in 2013, but our 2015 race day was mild and in the 60s!! It is typically mild yet still somewhat unpredictable in March in our WNC area. Be prepared for any and all types of weather conditions.
What if it snows on race day?
If there is a blizzard and/or hazardous weather conditions, as with any other marathon or sporting event, the race may be cancelled. The latest the race can be delayed is 8am due daily operations and guest flow traffic at Biltmore Estate. We will make every attempt possible to have this event on race day. If the conditions are life threatening or dangerous and we cancel the event and it will not be re-scheduled and entries are non-refundable. We would not be able to replicate this event on a different date at the estate in 2018.
Race Safety &
Can I wear headphones on the course?
Are strollers or baby joggers allowed on the course?
NO. Strollers and baby joggers are prohibited.
Are dogs allowed at the event?
Dogs are not allowed in the race or on the course. They are allowed to attend with a spectator but they must be leashed at all times and are not permitted in any buildings or restrooms (unless they are a service dog).
What if I have to drop out of the race?
For the safety of our runners and to enhance the experience for our athletes, there will be very minimal vehicular traffic on the event courses during the race. We will have a sag vehicle that will be following the last runner on the course and will pick up runners along the way who are unable to complete the event. Please keep in mind that runners will be required to stay in the sag wagon throughout the duration of the race, until the last runner comes to the finish line.
If a runner would like to walk back to the start/finish area anytime during the race, the suggested drop out point that is most accessible to this area is the bridge.
What if I lose my bib? Can I still race?
Anyone on the race course without a bib, will be immediately pulled from the course and will get on the sag shuttle. The sag shuttle will follow the last runner until the end of the race 6 1/2 hrs, so any pulled runners could be in the sag wagon for a lengthy amount of time. Runners will not be allowed to cross the finish line without a bib.
Is the 6 1/2 hr time limit to complete the marathon strictly enforced?
Yes. Any runner not able to make it to the following checkpoints will be required to board the SAG shuttle van, which will follow the last runner for the entire race, and your race bib will be marked. Those on the shuttle will be required to remain onboard until the last runner has reached the finish line. Runners will not be allowed to receive post race finishing awards or prizes if you are picked up in the sag vehicle, however, you may enjoy the post race party and food at the finish area.
MARATHON CHECKPOINTS (race begins at 7:30 am):
- Checkpoint #1: Beat the Bridge at mile 10 (East to Westside) – 10am (2 1/2 hrs from race start)
- Checkpoint #2: Beat the Bridge at mile 17 (West back to Eastside) – 11:45am (4 hrs 15 min from race start)
- Complete the race in 6 1/2 hrs (from race start) When you register for the marathon on IMATHLETE, you will confirm that you understand the course time limit is 6.5 hrs.
Is there a time limit to complete the half marathon?
Yes. Please see the Half Marathon Checkpoints below to understand the Half Marathon time limit requirements. Any runner not able to make it to the following checkpoints will be required to board the SAG shuttle van, which will follow the last runner for the entire race, and your race bib will be marked. Those on the shuttle will be required to remain onboard until the last runner has reached the finish line. Runners will not be allowed to have a post race finishing awards or prizes if you are picked up in the sag vehicle, however, you may enjoy the post race party and food at the finish area.
HALF MARATHON CHECKPOINTS (race begins at 7:30 am):
- Half Marathon Participants must be at Checkpoint #1 at Bearpin at 7.5 miles by 9:30 a.m. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m, so you need to be at this 1st checkpoint by 9:30 a.m.
- Half Marathon Participants must be at Checkpoint #2 at the Bridge located at mile 10 by 10:10 a.m.
- There is 3.5 hr. time limit on the course. When you register on IMATHLETE, you confirm that you understand the time limit is 3.5 hrs.
What if I get an injury on the course?
We will have medical staff on bicycles, course monitors and volunteers watching and assisting injured runners. In addition, we have 2 medical triage tents on the course to treat minor injuries, they can be found on our race map. If you are unable to continue the race because of a minor injury, you will board the sag vehicle (when it gets to you) and return to the finish area at the end of the race (approx 6 1/2 hrs after race start). If your injury is substantial and requires immediate medical care you will be transported to the medical tent at the finish line or to the emergency room by ambulance.
How many water stations are there on the course? What type of energy drink and gel are available?
GET TO KNOW YOUR 2017 FULL MARATHON WATER STATIONS:
GET TO KNOW YOUR 2017 HALF MARATHON WATER STATIONS:
How long will it take for me to get to the start line from the entrance of the Biltmore Estate?
Transportation is required on the estate since driving distances are significant.
This year we have added an additional shuttle option for all of our participants in the marathon. If you are a local runner, from out of town staying with friends or staying at one of our race hotels, we encourage you to take the shuttle to get onto the estate in the morning.
We encourage runners staying at our race headquarters hotel and partner hotels to use the shuttles provided by the hotel to and from the race, eliminating the need for you to take a shuttle from the parking area at the Estate to the start line. (Please see ‘Hotels’ page for more details). If you are staying at one of the properties on the Biltmore Estate, you do not need a Shuttle Pass.
If you plan to drive your car onto the estate – we encourage runners to come very EARLY (front gates will open at 5am) and to PLAN TO BE ON THE GROUNDS, NO LATER THAN 6 a.m. Race starts ON TIME at 7:30 am! Expect congested roadways entering the estate on race morning. (There is only one way in for car traffic!) Allow a minimum of 15 minutes transit time from each location; on race day, add 30-45 minutes to driving times. See the Biltmore Estate website for more information. Travel distances on Biltmore Estate include:
- 3 miles from Group Sales office to Biltmore House
- 2.5 miles from Group Sales office to Inn on Biltmore Estate
- 5 miles from Biltmore House and Gardens to the Winery
- 3 miles from Biltmore House to Deerpark Restaurant
- 2 miles from the Winery to Deerpark Restaurant
Will there be beer or wine at the post-race Marathon & Half parties?
Yes. On Saturday after the half marathon, Catawba Brewing Company will be serving beer. The Winery at Biltmore Estate will open its doors at 10am on Saturday.
According to NC Liquor laws, alcohol may not be purchased or served on Sunday until after noon. Michelob Ultra will serve post-race beer at the post race party following the marathon and the Winery at Biltmore Estate is open from noon-6:00 pm for free wine tasting.
Check back soon for more details on the Post-Race Parties for both days!
Can I Carpool or take a Shuttle?
YES! We encourage runners and spectators alike to use our available shuttles for a more stress free Asheville Marathon & Half experience and to keep the roads from being congested. Shuttles will drop you off at and pick you up from the start/finish line area in Antler Hill Village on the Biltmore Estate. Information about using shuttles is available on our Directions & Transportation page.
Will runners have a bag drop-off area at the start/finish area?
Yes, runners will receive a ‘Finisher’ bag at the Race Expo. Runners MUST use the finisher bags provided to have their bag included in our Finisher Bag tent that is next to the finish line and food tent beside Antler Hill Village. Runners will attach the small number from their bibs to this bag and then will drop it off at the finish area prior to the race at the ‘Finisher Bag Tent”. This is a nice perk we are glad to offer runners so that runners can have a change of clothes, warmer attire, their phones and money to purchase race merchandise and additional food items at the post race party area. The finisher bags are not dropped along the race course they stay at the finish area. This is especially handy for runners that have used the shuttle service to come into the race.
Where can I find race photos?
Paul Jackson Photography is our official race photographer for the Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate. You may view and purchase your race photos on their website, Paul Jackson Photography, after the race.
If I can’t make it to the half marathon or full marathon awards ceremony, can I get my award shipped to me?
If you can’t make it to half marathon or full marathon awards ceremony your hand-crafted glass award can mailed to you in a fragile/handle with care box for $15 or you may pick up at our office starting on Wednesday. March 21st. You will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Why is their a spectator fee? Where can we purchase? What can my family do while waiting for me to finish?
There is an entrance fee for spectators to get on to Biltmore Estate property, which is privately owned and not open to the general public. Spectator tickets can be purchased at the Race Expo and at the Group Sales office (first building on your left when entering Biltmore) on race day starting at 6am.
ONE DAY TICKETS:
- $18 + tax for Biltmore Annual Passholders
- $23 + tax for those without Annual Pass
- Upgrade to house visit $29 + tax
- Upgrade to annual pass $69 + tax
TWO DAY TICKETS:
- $28 + tax for Biltmore Annual Passholders
- $33 + tax for those without Annual Pass
- Runners that want to visit the house on Friday or Monday will need to purchase a $33 + tax (two day ticket) plus the adult upgrade ticket $29 + tax
- Runner + Spectator tickets can be upgraded for house visits on race day at one of the Guest Service kiosks on the Biltmore Estate – NOT at the Race Expo. Upgrades can be purchased at the Group Sales Office on Biltmore on Friday, March 16 (with race/spectator ticket in hand) until the office closes at 5pm and from 6:00am-5pm on Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18. They can also be purchased at the main ticket center from 8:30am-6:30pm and Biltmore’s other guest service locations on property during Biltmore’s normal operating hours.
SPECTATORS TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES AND LOCATIONS:
- Friday, March 16, 2018 – Half Marathon Race Expo – 12:00 pm—7:00 pm – at DoubleTree Hotel
- Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Half Marathon Race Day / Marathon Race Expo – 12:00 pm—5:00 pm – at DoubleTree Hotel
There will be live music, food, drinks, cheering and more! Spectator viewing is limited during the event to the Start/Finish at Antler Hill Village, which is full of shops, and the Farm Trail area (no cars allowed on the course during the event). Spectators will get to see our race mascot at the bridge that connects the east and west sides of the estate. To find the best cheering spots, please see our Spectators pages’ ‘Best spots to watch’.
Family and friends are invited to volunteer at the event to see your family member up-close and personal during the event! To learn more visit our Volunteer Info page.
Do Biltmore Passholders have to buy a spectator ticket?
As long as passholders come in during normal business hours they are not required to have a spectator ticket. If they come in before normal business hours then they would have to purchase a spectator ticket because it is considered a ‘special event’ at Biltmore. Regular business hours on race day begin at 9:00 am.
Do Biltmore Passholders have to buy a spectator ticket?Can we use our entrance ticket to get into the house on Monday for $10 additional for 2nd day entry, like regular Biltmore day time tickets?
The Two Day Ticket option is only good for Saturday and Sunday at Biltmore Estate.
Can a spectator ride the shuttle from Antler Hill Village (start/finish) to the Biltmore House during the race so they have something to do while I am racing?
The Biltmore House opens at 9:00 am to the general public. Race spectators can take the shuttles from the start/finish area at Antler Hill Village to tour the house while their family and friends are racing. A shuttle would bring them back to the finish area after they are done at the house and gardens.