The start of the race is several miles from the entrance of Biltmore Estate, in Antler Hill Village, so you will need to either drive or take a shuttle to the start line. It takes approximately 20-25 minutes to get to the race start from the front entrance of the Biltmore Estate, with minimal traffic.
Please carpool if you can, it’s good for the environment and you can share in the pre-race anticipation, and it will help make race day parking run a whole lot smoother. You can also purchase a shuttle pass on imathlete and pick up a ride to and from the start/finish line for extra convenience and piece of mind.
Those staying in one of our race partner hotels will get complimentary shuttles to and from the start/finish line. You will receive your shuttle pass when you check-in. Your shuttle can be boarded either at the Hilton Hotel Biltmore Park or the Double Tree Hotel. Runners must stay in an Asheville Marathon ‘Room Block’ with one of our ‘partner hotels’ to get a shuttle ticket included with their stay.
For local runners or those not staying in one of our race hotels, we now have VIP Race Day Shuttle Transportation Service to take you to the start line and pick you up at the finish to take you back to your car. You can purchase a shuttle pass through imathlete, the online registration for the marathon, for $10. If you’ve already registered, you can go into your imathlete profile for the event and add a shuttle onto your registration. When selecting a location, choose from the Hilton Hotel Biltmore Park, the DoubleTree Hotel, or MAHEC. Shuttle tickets will be picked up at the race expo with your bib.
So, indulge in VIP service and help us eliminate as much congestion on the roads as possible on race morning. This is one way that we foresee this will make everyone’s experience getting to the start of the race better.
This is also where you can purchase the pre-event dinner tickets.
DoubleTree Hotel — If you are staying at the DoubleTree, Sleep Inn, or Residence Inn, take the complimentary shuttle at the DoubleTree. This location is within minutes of the entrance to Biltmore Estate. Please park in the DoubleTree or Sleep Inn parking lots, DO NOT PARK in the TGI Fridays parking lot adjacent to DoubleTree Hotel. When DoubleTree hotel parking lot is FULL, runners will be directed to park at the upper MAHEC parking lots above the DoubleTree Hotel. Even if your parking pass/shuttle pass says ‘DoubleTree hotel’ on it you CAN and WILL be directed to MAHEC lot when the Doubletree lot gets full on race morning.
Hilton Hotel Biltmore Park — Take the complimentary shuttle if you are staying at the Hilton Hotel. If you are purchasing a shuttle pass, you may select this location when registering on ImAthlete.
MAHEC — This is the recommended location if you are purchasing a shuttle pass through ImAthlete. This location is within minutes of the entrance to Biltmore Estate and is next door to the DoubleTree Hotel. This location will be used as overflow parking for DoubleTree Hotel if all parking spots are full on race morning. When DoubleTree hotel parking lot is FULL, runners will be directed to park at the upper MAHEC parking lots above the DoubleTree Hotel.
Note: If you are staying at a race partner hotel, your shuttle pass is included in your hotel rate and you will not need to purchase a separate transportation ticket. You will receive your pass when you check in at your select hotel. If you have purchased or will purchase a shuttle pass, you will receive it when picking up your race packet and bib.
Arriving shuttles will pick up participants beginning at 4:30 am till 6:15 am, leaving approx. every 20-30 minutes. Last shuttle leaves promptly at 6:15 am. No exceptions. Shuttle Tickets and Biltmore Tickets will be checked when boarding.
Departing shuttles will return participants back to DoubleTree or MAHEC to their pick-up location beginning at 9:30am until 2:30 pm and leaving every 30 minutes; on the top and bottom of every hour. Shuttles returning participants to the Hilton will leave AHV beginning at 10am on the top of the hour until 2pm.
From Interstate 40 East: Take I-40 east to Asheville. Take exit 50 (US Highway 25), then turn left at the traffic light after exiting. Stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.
From Interstate 40 West: Take I-40 west to Asheville and take exit 50B (US Highway 25 North). After exiting, stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.
From Interstate 26/U.S. Highway 19/23 East: Take I-26 east to Asheville. In Asheville, take I-240 east to I-40 west. Follow Interstate 40 west to exit 50B (US Highway 25 North). After exiting, stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.
From Interstate 26 West: Follow I-26 west towards Asheville to exit 31A (Hickory/Knoxville exit). Take I-40 east to exit 50 (US Highway 25), then turn left at the traffic light after exiting. Stay in the left lane and follow signs to the Biltmore entrance.
From the Blue Ridge Parkway: Take the U.S. Highway 25 North exit; Biltmore is approximately 4 miles from the parkway.