Whether you’re a local in Asheville accustomed to the climate or traveling from out of town, there is no telling what the weather will be like come race day.  But we don’t run these races because they are easy, but because they are a challenge. The conditions are no exception!  Monica Stancato, an ambassador for the Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore, describes her experience running on a beautiful snowy terrain…

 Two years ago, we all woke up to a snowstorm the morning of The Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore.   Some called it a storm but most saw it as another cold day to stay in bed.  I saw a wonderful opportunity to get out and view a “winter wonderland” and to run through it was a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Everything along the way was ‘painted’ a most serene shade of white at the Biltmore. The tall trees had a new look to them, the Biltmore house was a real sight to see in the fresh snow. Mother nature must have stayed up all night to create this and we got to run through one of her most picturesque works!  Add to that, it really wasn’t all that cold or dangerous in any way. Volunteers were still plentiful and smiling and happy to be there as well, you could see it once you approached each rest stops!

Spirits remained high… nothing stops this event from entertaining and it starts with the most awesome Race Director!  No one wants to wake up way early, drive far, only to learn their event is cancelled. The event team worked diligently to set up a slight delay to clear the course and assure safety for all!  Of the 100 marathons I have completed, this was by far my most picturesque one I’ve ever ran.  I am glad I had the opportunity, as it is a class act put on by the locals who obviously care about giving the participants a most wonderful experience! Come run with us, you won’t regret it!

Monica Stancato, Ambassador