Learn about our 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 2020 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!

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 2020 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!


About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Research: With nearly $1.3 billion invested in research, LLS leads the way in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics, and personalized medicine originally discovered through blood cancer research and now being tested in clinical trials for other cancers as well.

Patient Access: As the leading source of free blood cancer information, education, and support for patients, survivors, families, and healthcare professionals, LLS helps patients navigate their cancer treatment and ensures they have access to quality, affordable, and coordinated care.

Policy and Advocacy: LLS advocates for policies at the state and federal level in a commitment to remove barriers to care for cancer patients and has helped increase federal research funds, speed the review and approval process of new therapies, and ensure patients are able to access lifesaving treatments. Many of the policies that LLS advocates for are universally beneficial for all cancer patients.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit

Team in TrainingAbout Team In Training

Team In Training (TNT) is the world’s largest endurance sports training program for charity and the flagship fundraising campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since its inception in 1988, TNT has raised more than $1.5 billion, trained more than 650,000 people, and helped LLS invest more than $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough cancer treatments that are saving lives today. Team In Training offers unparalleled support for teammates to have a life changing journey with the aid of experienced coaches, an inclusive community from start to finish line, and world class fundraising tools to help teammates turn training into treatment for patients. 

As the Official Champion Charity of the Asheville Marathon & Half, you can join the TEAM to earn a complimentary race entry and much more. Call (800) 482-TEAM or visit for more information.


Shoe Drive for Western Carolina Rescue Ministries

Our goals is to collect 250 shoes for the WCRM Foot Care Clinic! BRING SHOES, BRING SHOES, BRING SHOES! Shoes can be dropped off at the Expo on Friday or Saturday OR at the Finisher Bag Tent on race day!

Please bring gently used or new tennis shoes! Tennis shoes seem to be the best, as the homeless population likes them, because they hold up for such a long period of time. The shoes that the WCRM receive during the Asheville Marathon & Half event will go towards their annual “Foot Care Clinic”.

Help us by donating new or lightly used tennis shoes that will go towards Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Annual “Foot Care Clinic”.

About the Foot Care Clinic: The Foot Care Clinic takes place in the Spring.  Volunteers will:  wash the homeless’ feet, give them a “pedicure” (cut their nails, etc.) , lotion their feet, and then they will be given a pair of brand new socks and brand new shoes.  In addition, medical staff will be on site to help with any lesions or suspicious areas on their feet that might need medical attention.  Following this event, a nice meal will be served to the clients in a more formal, restaurant style service, where volunteers bring them their food, etc. rather than making them go through the cafeteria line.  Generally the Clinic serve adults, but sometimes will have several young children.  The whole goal behind this event is to let the homeless population know that they are loved and cared for and feel valued.

After the event, we will donate all discarded clothing/gear that has been dropped off along the course or at water stations and not picked up at the Finisher Bag Tent to Western Carolina Rescue Ministries.

Goodwill Northwest North Carolina

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has served the local community since 1926.  Through the sale of donated items in our stores, we fund employment and training programs that help people find hope, opportunity and jobs.  We are recognized nationally as one of the most efficient charities – channeling 89 percent of revenues to mission and sustainability – enabling us to serve more than 8,500 people each year in western NC.  

Asheville Home Builders Education Foundation

The Asheville Home Builders Association offers an annual Scholarship Program to students of Western North Carolina who are interested in pursuing a career in the Building Industry.  Scholarships may be awarded to students attending a college, technical school or a senior in high school studying in a construction related field.  Past scholarship recipients have included students from AB Tech who are taking classes in the building trades.

Arts Council of Henderson County

The Arts Council of Henderson County is a community organization that promotes, advocates for, and nurtures the arts in Henderson County and western North Carolina.The Arts Council of Henderson County was founded in 1971 by a group of persons who held strong beliefs that the arts and culture play an important role in the social fabric of the community.

IC Imagine Charter School

IC Imagine is a tuition-free public school offering an educational opportunity to any resident of North Carolina. We are dedicated to ensuring that all students are learning at high levels through an integrated approach to the whole child in a K-12 model by:Valuing every member of our school community; Engaging all students in Core Curriculum, Spanish, Fine Arts, and Active Living; and Encouraging students to become Leaders.

As a relatively new North Carolina Public Charter School and as a result of our comprehensive strategic plan we are in an exciting period of growth and development. We are currently settling into our brand new 116,000 square foot facility and are very excited to be home. We are proud of collaborative and qualified Collegiate Leaders, and engaged and curious students.

NEW FOR 2020! 

Runners can assist IC Imagine in providing affordable school lunches by bringing a non-perishable food item to the expo or race day and look for their donation boxes. Their goal is to have a pantry full of healthy, nut-free foods that supports the school’s commitment to health and wellness!

Accepted NUT-FREE food donations include the following:
★ Sunflower butter or Wow-butter ★ Nutri grain bars ★ Jelly ★ Cascadia Farms Granola bars, Annie’s Brand & Some Quaker – Please read labels for nut-free allergen info! ★ Pretzels ★ Goldfish ★ Popcorn (already popped, in bags) ★ Fruit cups ★ Fruit pouches ★ Applesauce (no sugar added) ★ Ingles Gift Cards & Sams Club Gift Cards

Race for a CHAMPION or COMMUNITY Charity!

We are seeking runners to help fundraise for our Community and Champion Charities in the upcoming 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!

Interested in joining us as a 2020 Charity Partner? 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


2014 Balega OrangeNeon Balega SocksBlue 2015 Balega Socks

Get 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.


THANK YOU to our past Charity Partners!
2018: The Sky’s The Limit Fund 

2017: The Joseph Initiative, The Cindy Platt Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County, & The Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont

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