Biltmore Estate

The Location

In the Asheville Half, held on the grounds at Biltmore Estate, runners will explore 13.1 miles through America’s largest backyard. The Asheville Marathon halfers will wind through hardwood forests, meadows, gardens, and extraordinary views of the estate. Along the way, runners will pass landmarks including Biltmore House and gardens, America’s largest and most esteemed private residence. The 250-room French Renaissance chateau, perched over 8,000-acres of meticulously-tended gardens, is host to a million visitors a year. To learn more about Biltmore, visit www.biltmore.com or call 877-BILTMORE.

General Info

The marathon & half are run entirely on private property on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. It will cover the east (mostly paved) side of the Estate, marathon runners will also get to run onto the west side of the Estate (dirt farm roads). During the event, vehicular traffic will be very limited and controlled, however you may experience some traffic, please pay attention and stay to the side of the roads. Bib chip timing will be used for the event. Pre-race training on location prior to the event is prohibited since the entire course is on the private property of the Biltmore Estate. 

The privilege of running around the estate on race day is exclusive to race day only. There is no pre-event course preview or running allowed due to the private nature of the estate and the off-limit areas that our event covers during the events.

Young Woman Running

Course Description

Like sprockets on a cog, runners will travel round and round at dizzying paces as they make their rounds upon the grounds of this enchanted estate. Participants will take in all manner of breathtaking sights and sounds as they complete loop after loop of the estate and its proximity. The course will be a loop race will begin and finish near Antler Hill Village and its many shops and attractions.  Runners will be led to the site of the world-renowned Biltmore House itself, almost close enough to reach out and touch the doors to the main entrance.

Immediately thereafter, the journey will proceed into the Walled Garden. As the House’s splendid architecture gives way to horticultural marvels, the meandering route winds along the Azalea Garden and lagoon.

With the broad-shouldered French Broad coursing within its nearby banks, there will occur a transition to dirt carriage roads. Here, marathoners will head towards the “wild west side” of the estate via a beautiful white bridge. The west side is typically off-limits to estate gates and our marathon runners have only had the privilege of running on this side of the estate. Runners will finish their estate tour and return to the east side to finish at Antler Village.

Depending on the device you are using, the half marathon has approximately 500 feet elevation change and the marathon has 1,000 feet of elevation change. 

After crossing the finish line, runners will get to partake in all the festivities and delightful shops at the village.

Course Profile

Maps Coming Soon! Routes will be the same and/or similar to the previous year’s routes. There will only be minor adjustments. 

 

Water Stations

Our water stations will provide a variety of options and choices to support your race experience and personal preference. We offer water, gels, bars and electrolyte drinks. 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR MARATHON WATER STATIONS:

  1. Deerpark – Mile 2 – Water Only
  2. Biltmore House – Mile 5 – Gels, electrolyte drink
  3. Bearpen – Mile 7 1/2 & 23 1/2 –  electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies
  4. French Broad River – Mile 9, 22 1/2 & 24 1/2 – electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies
  5. – West Side Bridge – Mile 11 (marathon only) – electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies
  6. Alta Vista – Mile 12 1/2 & 13 1/2 (marathon only) – electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies
  7. Pine Top – Mile 15 1/2 (marathon only) –  electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies
  8. Line House Road/Finish – Mile 18 & 20 (marathon), Mile 11 & 12.5 (half marathon) — GATORADE electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies

GET TO KNOW YOUR HALF MARATHON WATER STATIONS:

  1. Deerpark – Mile 2 – Water Only
  2. Biltmore House – Mile 5 – Gels, electrolyte drink
  3. Bearpen – Mile 7 1/2  –  electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies
  4. Lagoon– Mile 9 –  electrolyte drink, Gels, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies
  5. Line House Road/Finish –  Mile 11 & 12.5 (half marathon) – Gels,  electrolyte drink, Coke, Bars, Fruit & Cookies

Spectator Information

Spectators will be permitted in the race hub and start and finish line. Due to the closed roads on the estate spectators will not be permitted to drive around on the course. Along the French Broad River, near Antler Hill Village, and at the ‘West Side Bridge’ there will be great spots for family and friends to see the runner several different times during the event. This area will be the  designated cheering locations and spectator viewing. For more detailed information, visit our Spectators page. Spectators are required to have an Estate ticket. These are available for purchase for $25 + tax, a 2 day spectator ticket is $41+tax. 

Photography

Although we have professional photographers on the course, runners are encouraged to bring a camera for special photo opportunities. You won’t want to miss the chance to capture this day with your own memorable photographs. See official photos on our Race Photography page.

Biltmore Estate

Race Expo/Bib Pickup
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 11am-7pm

Saturday, March 19, 2022 - 2-7pm

Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

Half Marathon
Saturday, March 19, 2022 & Sunday, March 20, 2022
Time: 7:30am
Location: Biltmore Estate
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Course Type: Loop
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: Spring in the mountains means anything can happen. Wear layers!

Marathon
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Time:  7:30am
Location: Biltmore Estate
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Course Type: Loop
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: Spring in the mountains means anything can happen. Wear layers!

 

Registration Dates 
EARLY Sept. 21st to Sept 30th at midnight 
REGULAR Oct 1-Dec 31 
LATE Jan 1 - March 1 
RACE READY March 2nd - race day 

 

Free Shirt Deadline - March 1
Ship Swag Deadline - March 7

 

Shuttles 

Runners can be shuttled to the start line from either DoubleTree Hotel in Biltmore Village or the AB-Tech parking lots. Shuttle tickets are included in your registration fee. Visit the Transportation page for more info. 

Travel Info
Fly Into
Asheville Regional Airport — 25-30 minutes
Greenville Spartanburg International Airport — 1 hr. 15 minutes
Charlotte — 2 hours

Driving Directions to Biltmore Estate
Google Maps Directions

Lodging
We recommend looking for lodging at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville or stay next door at the Hampton Inn. These two hotels are the most convenient locations to get a race morning shuttle to and from the race. 

HOTEL INFORMATION

 

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

We are following current industry standards, as well as Biltmore Estate & State of North Carolina requirements for creating a safe race environment with the pandemic. The permit has been signed and approved with Biltmore Estate for the 2022 event. As the public health situation changes, precautions could be updated to include required rapid COVID testing, regardless of vaccination status.

Above all else, we are striving to make this event as safe as it can possibly be for all our participants, volunteers, and staff. If you're feeling unwell (or uncomfortable participating), we want you to be able to stay home, stay safe, and join us virtually without feeling like you're losing out.

Here are our options for registered participants who can't make it to the race:


TRANSFER FROM IN-PERSON TO VIRTUAL: You can transfer your in-person registration to a virtual registration for free at any point before the start of your race (either Saturday or Sunday at 7:30 AM - depending on what you registered for).


REFUNDS: Participants can request to be removed from the race for a $40 refund up until October 31st at midnight. After that date, no refunds will be given.


CANCELLATION: As we all know, the pandemic changes things quickly! We ask that you be flexible and patient as we may have to adjust things for this event up until the event takes place. If there are new limits on gathering restrictions set forth by the state of NC, we will adjust the start procedure to accommodate this limit and proceed with the event if possible. In the event that the U.S. or NC government, Buncombe County or City of Asheville declares a new stay-at-home order and we are not able to have the in person event, all ‘in person’ event registrations will automatically be converted to the Virtual Event.

If the race gets switched to a virtual event, you will have your swag mailed to you (shirt + medal) for free. These items can be picked up locally or mailed for free if you are from out of town.