Be a volunteer in America’s largest backyard!

2020 Volunteer Opportunities

Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC


Get Involved!


If you think you or your group can handle a little more excitement than just cheering – VOLUNTEER!

It takes hundreds of volunteers to make the Asheville Marathon & Half run smoothly. There are a variety of ways to help as a volunteer – and runner’s couldn’t be more thankful for the support on race day, even if just to stand and cheer! Family and friends are encouraged to volunteer at the event to see your family member up-close and personal during the event! Volunteer opportunities include manning water stations, helping with food at the finish line, staffing the Marathon & Half Expo on Friday and Saturday, coordinating a cheering station, distributing medals and more!

“I really had alot of fun helping out, who knew that I would enjoy packet pick up so much?! Had a great time! Thank you too for all your organization and making it a fun experience.” — Gail King, 2014 VIV

Volunteer Requirements


  • Must be dependable, friendly and have a good attitude!
  • Must be able to work outdoors in any weather conditions.
  • Must be able to follow instructions and arrive ON TIME on race morning!
  • Due to the nature of the course and keeping traffic to a minimum on the marathon course. Volunteers must be available to stay at their post for the entirety of the race. Some spots will require you to be in your designated location for 6-8 hours. We encourage you to bring a snack for yourself, a chair and layers of clothes.
  • Due to the length of the event 6 1/2 – 8 hrs, we discourage children under the age of 15 from volunteering for this event.

If you are a little bossy, enjoying being a ‘go to person’, and thrive in a leadership role, we are looking for some talented and experienced volunteers to assist in several key areas on race day! If you have been a lead volunteer at a water station or had a leadership position as a volunteer at a race or a marathon, please email us.

Volunteer Directing Runners

“I want to thank the bicycle volunteer (Julie) for staying right with me the entire race. Her kindness and terrific attitude helped me reach my goal. I would also like to thank the Julie that walked with me the last mile and a half. Her encouragement and enthusiasm for me was incredible. She also gave me a big hug at mile 3. It will be hard to top the volunteer crew of the 2014 Asheville Marathon/Half Marathon at any other running event on the planet thanks to these two wonderful Julies!!” — 2014 Participant

Volunteer Directing Runners

What’s In It For You?

For donating their time, volunteers receive a free t-shirt and access to the post race food and festivities. Volunteers have complimentary access to the estate grounds on race day for the purpose of volunteering. We also encourage volunteers to attend the Race Expo, where volunteers who would like to visit the Biltmore House later on race day can purchase a ticket for the House.

Recruitment has already begun for volunteers who will be needed throughout the weekend – before, during and after the event. Please let us know how you can help; email us or click now to sign up to volunteer:

“There was a guy that was extremely helpful to me and my boyfriend over the course of the weekend. He was stationed for a bit at the shuttle ticket table. I, shamefully, never got his name. He told us about a great place to eat, helped direct us to where we needed to go and after the race helped Matt switch out his race shirt for a larger size. So even though I don’t know his name, I wanted to pass along our thanks to you, him and all the volunteers at the expo and race. It was a great event!” — Dawn Johnson,  2014 Participant

VIV of the Year

One lucky volunteer will win Volunteer of the Year; participants will vote after the race concludes and winner will be announced via Facebook and our Blog.

Water Station Contest

We encourage non-profits and groups to ‘dress up’ their designated water stations. The loudest, funnest, decorative and most awesome aid station will receive $500 to go towards their charity. Runners will vote on the best water station at the conclusion of the event! Organizations must provide a minimum of 10 volunteers to be eligible for the water station contest. Otherwise, we will pair other volunteers with your group and your water station would not be eligible for the water station contest.

Volunteer Training Information

Volunteer Training Information will be emailed to you and your group prior to the event.