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 17, 2023 - 11am-7pm

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

  • You have the option to have your shirt + bib mailed to you before the event so you can skip packet pickup! You can purchase this option from the race store for $15 during registration or from the race store up until February 26th at midnight. Packets will be mailed out approximately 1 1/2 - 2 weeks prior to race day. 

Half Marathon
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Time: 7:30 am
Location: Downtown Asheville
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Course Type: Point to Point
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: Spring in the mountains means anything can happen. Wear layers!

Marathon
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Time:  7:30am
Location: Downtown Asheville
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Course Type: Point to Point
Stroller friendly? No
Disability friendly? No
Dogs allowed? No
Weather: Spring in the mountains means anything can happen. Wear layers!

 

Registration Dates 

SUPER EARLY June 29th 3pm to Sep 25th at midnight
EARLY Sep 26th to Nov 6th at midnight
REGULAR Nov 7th - Jan 1st
LATE Jan 2nd - Feb 26th
RACE READY Feb 27th - race day

 

Guaranteed Shirt Size Deadline - February 5
Ship Swag Deadline -  Feb 26th

 

Shuttles 

Runners can be shuttled to the start line from either DoubleTree Hotel in Biltmore Village or the Hampton Inn. Shuttle tickets are included in your registration fee, but are only for registered runners. Spectators who want to ride the shuttles need to purchase a ticket from the race store. 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

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 and State of North Carolina requirements for creating a safe race environment with the pandemic. The permit has been signed and approved with the City of Asheville 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, or $10 the week of the race before the start of your race.


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.