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.
The half marathon is run entirely on private property on the scenic grounds of the Biltmore Estate. It will cover the east (mostly paved) side of the Estate. During the event, vehicular traffic will be very limited and controlled. 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.
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. Beginning at Antler Hill Village and its many shops and attractions, the first loop will waft exquisite aromas from the kitchens of Deerpark Restaurant into the nostrils of competitors: surely a breath of fresh air to lungs that will no doubt be burning in the miles to come. Next, the course will lead 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 full marathon entrants will head towards the “wild west side” of the estate via a newly built bridge while half marathoners, turn around and finish their final three miles on their way up to the finish area at Antler Village.
Depending on the device you are using, the half marathon has approximately 500 feet elevation change and the full marathon has 1,000 feet of elevation change.
After crossing the finish line, halfers will get to partake in all the festivities and delightful shops at the village. Do you have what it takes to tackle “The Beast of the East” and make this early spring regal gala upon Biltmore your crowning achievement?
Our water stations provide a variety of options and choices to support your race experience and personal preference. We offer gels and electrolyte drinks and many stations will have a selection of fruit and cookies. All stations will have water.
Visit our Water Station page for more information.
Due to COVID0-19, the Biltmore Estate and the Event will not be accessible to spectators during the March 2021 event.
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.
This course is subject to change for March 2021. A new course map is coming soon.
Race Expo/Bib Pickup
Friday, March 19, 2021
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Location: Biltmore Estate
Course Type: Loop
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: Spring in the mountains means anything can happen. Wear layers!
Registration Dates (information coming soon)
*Entries are limited and this race may sell out. If the race sells out, registration will close regardless of the registration period.
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
We recommend looking for lodging at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville. DOUBLETREE WEBSITE
We are taking the COVID-19 virus very seriously and are taking the necessary precautions to put on a safe, socially distanced event for our runners. Please visit our COVID-19 Guidelines page. If you would like to skip Packet Pick-up, we will mail your race bib and swag for you if you register by ???. This option is available when you register online.
There are no refunds for this event.
Deferral, Race Transfer, and Bib Transfer information coming soon.