Take the 26.2 mi. challenge – Run in America’s largest backyard!


 Asheville
Full Marathon


Returning to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

 

A 26.2 mile racing event, unlike any other, taking place in Asheville, North Carolina at America’s largest backyard on Biltmore Estate. Asheville Marathoners will wind through hardwood forest, meadows, crackling gardens, and breath-taking views of the Biltmore Estate on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 at 7:30am. Marathon runners will traverse over paved, dirt, and gravel trail roads including running in front of The Biltmore House, by the lagoon and through vineyards on the primitive west side of the estate.

“the scenery was breathtaking!”
“truly a grass roots event”
“set the bar for a truly memorable racing experience.”

With the European-style formal gardens left in your wake, you will move into a much different passageway, encompassed by untamed foliage and less civilized terrain. The wild side of Biltmore: where few eyes have seen… where few feet have trod… a different kind of Biltmore experience awaits. The stunning winding west-side of the course has some rolling hills to conquer, uneven surfaces on wide-carriage, dirt/gravel and rocky roads. It will be an unforgettable, rewarding and well-supported marathon with updated routes for this year’s enhanced experience!

FIRST and ONLY Asheville Marathon at Biltmore Estate!

Participating in this event automatically puts you in the history books as you will be part of the 6th annual elite boutique event at Biltmore Estate! Every participant will receive either a women’s specific or a men’s custom designed race t-shirt, a goodie bag, a cozy embroidered blanket, and a finisher’s woodallion. Race entry includes access to the Biltmore grounds. For a complete list of amenities and regulations, see Registration page.

Race Expo/Bib Pickup
Friday, March 19, 2021
Time: TBA
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton, 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803

Half Marathon
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Time: Wave Starts - 7:30am until 8:50am
Location: Biltmore Estate
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Course Type: Loop
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? Yes, non wheeled equipment only
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: Spring in the mountains means anything can happen. Wear layers!

Registration Dates 
Exclusive Early Entry opening for 2020 Participants only - January 7, 2021 thru January 10th at midnight, General Public Registration opens January 11, 2021 (if spots are still available)
*Entries are limited and this race will sell out quickly.  

Course Updates 

The 2021 half marathon course will be like none other, a truly one-of-a-kind experience. We can't wait for you to experience running entirely on the estate over new terrain and with new views. The new course is designed with runner and community safety, social distancing and beauty in mind and will be run for the 2021 event only. We expect for the course to change back to the original half marathon course in 2022 and beyond.

Runners will have the privilege to run and explore the west side of the estate. This area is typically off-limits for guests and only our Marathon participants have had the honor of running on this side of the estate. For this year only, we have re-designed the course so that the start is close to the House and the finish is in Antler Hill Village (as it has been in the past). Visit the Course page for more info. 

Shuttles 

Due to the nature of this new course and for social-distance measures to be implemented throughout the race experience, runners will be shuttled to the start line from either DoubleTree Hotel in Biltmore Village or the AB-Tech parking lots. There is no on-site at the start line parking available for this year's 2021 race. Shuttle tickets are included in your registration fee. Temperature and COVID screenings will be implented prior to boarding the shuttle on race day. Face Coverings are required in the shuttle, before and after you start your run, Currently, face coverings are not required while you are running. 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.  Visit our Hotel page for more info. 

Google Map Directions to DoubleTree

COVID-19 Guidelines

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. 

Refund Policy

The 2021 event registration has purposely been postponed for opening until we were closer to the event to ensure that the event would be possible given the pandemic and NC State restrictions on event gatherings. The permit for the 2021 event with the Biltmore Estate has been approved.

In order to plan this event in the short time-frame that we have left to us before the March race, our team will be working full-time beginning in January 2021, to provide this world-class race experience to you. We also will be purchasing race materials such as shirts, finisher medals and awards. Due to the expenses we will be incurring for production of this event prior to the event taking place, should a government shutdown occur due to the pandemic or an act of God take place, we will NOT be able to provide a refund to you should you want to cancel your registration, or if the event itself has to be cancelled. We are in good faith taking every step possible to ensure that the 2021 event will take place. However, there are things that are outside our control, including government shut-downs. In the event of a government shutdown, all in person race entries will be switched to virtual/self-serve race option. 

Above all else, we are striving to make this race as safe as it can possibly be for all our participants, volunteers and staff. If you are feeling unwell (or uncomfortable participating) we want you to stay home, stay safe and join us next year without feeling like you're losing out. In order to make that happen, we are offering flexible options so participants can make responsible decisions based on their help. Please see the Guidelines page for more information about these options.