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“Your event has meant a lot to my relationship with my wonderful wife so I had the “AVL” Biltmore 26.2 mile tattoo placed on my shoulder to proudly remind me of the great memories we’ve shared during your events.” -Shawn Cool

Shawn Cool is a dedicated runner to the Asheville Marathon.  So dedicated in fact that he got an awesome tattoo of the Asheville Marathon logo on his arm.  His story shows that this race and the many other races around the world are not just another event, but a milestone for so many lives! Read his story and how the Asheville Marathon was played a major role in his life: 
 
My wife and I live in Williamson, West Virginia. We started running in 2012 in our 1st local 5K event where we live. From one 5K to another, we felt like we were ready to move up so we signed up for the Biltmore 15K event in May 2012. We were still fairly new runners but we both thought this event was amazing. 
 
We got engaged the same year in 2012. Biltmore Estate became one of our favorite areas to visit and was a very special place to us. We didn’t ever think we would get married at Biltmore because of the cost but Biltmore wedding customer service totally worked with us. We were married in April 2013 at the Biltmore Winery. 
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We came back in 2014 to run the Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate! Another amazing event!! We were hooked… Since 2014, we have been trying to run this event every year. 
 
In 2016, I completed the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge which consisted of both the half and full marathon.
 
With all this said, your event has meant a lot to my relationship with my wonderful wife so I had the “AVL” Biltmore 26.2 mile tattoo placed on my shoulder to proudly remind me of the great memories we’ve shared during your events!
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