Join us for the 2017 Asheville Marathon & Half Kick Off Dinner

We have some phenomenal speakers lined up for our Kick Off Dinner! This is a night you won’t want to miss!

Drumroll please!!

March 10, 2017 (4)

  • Danny Dreyer, from ChiRunning
  • Mike Merino, a visually impaired runner who qualified for the Boston Marathon during our 2016 Asheville Marathon.

Danny Dreyer is the Co-Founder and President of ChiRunning and ChiWalking. Dreyer is an accomplished Ultra Marathon runner (races longer than a marathon) and has raced every distance from a 10K to 100 miles. He has successfully completed 40 ultra-marathons since 1995, finishing in the top 3 in his age group in all but one. In August 2005 he placed second in his age group in the USATF National 50k Championships. Danny has been a featured speaker at the prestigious Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego Marathons, as well as at hundreds of other health and wellness events across the country. –


Mike Merino, 45, has a hereditary disease, Usher Syndrome Type II, which caused moderate hearing loss at birth and an onset of Retinitis Pigmatosis (a degenerative eye disease) in his 20s. He was not formally diagnosed until his late 30s and has coped with his condition and prognosis by competing as a visually impaired athlete since 2013 – a year after he crossed the threshold for legal blindness. He now has zero peripheral vision as well as night blindness. –

Join us Friday March 10th at 6:30pm for what is sure to be an inspiring dinner. 
More details below. You may purchase your Adult and/or Child pre-race dinner ticket(s) here – limited number of seats left! Get yours now!

Enjoy some of the finest dining atmosphere and company in Asheville at the Asheville Marathon & Half Pre-Race Dinner Pasta Buffet and Social Hour upstairs in the loft of Cedric’s Tavern located on the Biltmore Estate in Antler Hill Village!

Cedrics Tavern

Celebrate.  Mingle.  Dine.


Join fellow 2017 Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate participants to celebrate the kick off of the 5th Annual Asheville Marathon & Half while partaking in some of the favored cuisine at the Pre-Race Dinner Pasta Buffet.



Friday, March 10, 2017

Enjoy Guest Presentations and Community Fellowship by our Charity Partners

Marathon & Half Pre-Race Dinner Pasta Buffet to begin at 6:30 pm

Limited Seating Available, Purchase Your Pre-Race Dinner Ticket Now!

Purchase your Adult and/or Child Pre-Race Dinner Ticket(s) HERE!

Please pick-up your ticket(s) at the Pre-Event Dinner Booth at the Expo on Friday, March 10th.  You will be given a BIltmore Estate ticket to enter the estate for dinner if you are not staying on the estate grounds

What Can We Expect to Find on the Pasta Buffet?

We are still planning this menu in detail but rest assured, it will provide options for meat and veggie eaters alike! And of course, there will be plenty of pasta.

How Much Does the Pasta Buffet Cost?

It is $28.00/adult and $12/child 12 and under.

What’s the dress code for dinner?

It’s casual!  We know you are gearing up for the big 13.1 and 26.2 so come casual but not too casual!

Where Do I Park if I’m not Staying on the estate?

There is plenty of parking in Antler Hill Village!

When Do I Have to Purchase My Dinner Ticket(s) By?

We will close Pre-Race Dinner Ticket Sales online on March 6, 2017 (or sooner if we sell out the dinner tickets).  If there are still spaces available, you can purchase a ticket at the Expo on Friday.

What if I purchase my Dinner Ticket and I Can No Longer Come?

Sorry, but dinner tickets are non-refundable.  You may give to a friend!