Here are some common questions about Asheville Marathon & Half.
Why is the Asheville Marathon called a boutique style marathon?
While the course runs by what was once the largest private home in the US, this is truly a grass roots event allowing runners to view life at a slower pace. The farms, the woods, the vineyards, the dirt roads, the open spaces and lack of noisy spectators allow athletes to run for the enjoyment. So many marathons are turning into circuses with glitz and noise, this one doesn’t need gimmicks.
We also limit the number of participants to 1,525 per day, so that every participant can have a special, awe-inspiring running experience. By keeping our field size small, runners are able to soak in the scenery and have plenty of room to run. In addition, they have the ability to run at their pace without being pushed or pulled around with the masses, that you tend to find in other large marathon and half marathon events.
Can I walk the Asheville Marathon?
Participants are not allowed to solely walk the Asheville Marathon and Half Marathon. This is a timed event and runners must adhere to the time limits. If you plan on only walking the event, you will not make the time limits and you will be disqualified. We appreciate your cooperation.
What are the Backyard to Vineyard Challenge and Backyard to Backyard Challenge?
The Backyard to Vineyard Challenge (or “Challenge”) is an opportunity for our race participants to see MORE of the beautiful grounds of the Biltmore Estate! With the Half Marathon happening on Saturday, March 21st, 2020 and the Full Marathon happening on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020, the Challenge gives participants to do BOTH!
The Backyard to Backyard Challenge (or “Challenge”) is a brand-new opportunity for participants to challenge themselves and enjoy two beautiful days of racing on the Biltmore Estate. Because the half marathon is now offered on both Saturday and Sunday, participants can run both races for an extra challenge.
Challenge Finishers will receive each distance’s race medallions each day plus a special, just-for-you Challenge Finisher’s Jacket, bragging rights and the opportunity to run on the very-private West Side during the Full Marathon!
Does the event offer a half marathon option?
Are relay teams allowed to participate in the Asheville Marathon or Half?
No. We do not offer a relay division. Each participant must individually complete the full 26.2 or 13.1 mile distance.
What is included in my entry fee?
Participating in this event automatically puts you in the history books as you will be part of a historic event at Biltmore Estate! Every participant will receive an entrance ticket to Biltmore Grounds for race day, a women’s specific or men’s running shirt, a goody bag filled with awesome swag from our sponsors and a unique finisher medal for those that cross the finish line. Blankets for full marathon finishers, pint glasses for half marathon finishers, and access to the post race party for all!
Also, there is water at every Water Station on course, gels and electrolyte drinks are at Water Stations #2-#9 and refreshments at the finish line.
This is my first running event or I’m looking for a PR/time-goal. Can you direct me to a training program?
Please visit our website under “Training” for several training program options as well as other helpful tools such as training tips and pace charts.
If I am signed to run the marathon and cannot complete the race do I still get a finisher award and blanket?
No. If you running the half or full marathon or either of the challenges and have to drop out you will not be eligible to receive a finisher award and blanket. Should you need to drop out, we will have a sag vehicle that will be following the last runner on the course and will pick up runners along the way who are unable to complete the event.
I am traveling from another town. Can you direct me to your Race Headquarters Hotel and other hotels in close proximity to the start/finish line area?
Our race headquarters hotel is the DoubleTree Hotel and is approximately .3 miles from the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. For the DoubleTree Hotel contact information and a list of other recommended nearby hotels including estate hotels next to the start/finish line, please visit our Hotel page on our website.
How do you time the events?
We use MyLaps Timing system. There will be a timing chip on the back of your race bib and their will be timing mats placed along the course and at the finish line.
Is there a wheelchair and/or handcrank division in the race?
No, due to the off-road nature of many miles of this event, there is a not a wheelchair division.
What is the Marathon Expo? Do I have to go? Does it cost money?
The Asheville Marathon & Half Health & Fitness Expo is FREE and open to participants, their friends and family, and the general public. The Expo will be held on Friday, March 20th, 2020 and a Mini Expo & packet pick up on Saturday, March 21st, 2020, at Race Headquarters – DoubleTree Hotel. Each registered participant is required to attend to pick up their race bib (includes the timing chip on bib), Biltmore Estate ticket to get in to the estate on race morning, t-shirt and goody bag.
Additionally, the Expo is a great place to get great deals on shoes and clothing, meet running legends, sample new products and more. Check back on the website for speaker schedules, vendor info and other information.
I won’t be able to participate; can I still pick up my t-shirt?
YES, as long as you are a registered participant you can pick up your swag! Please stop by the Expo to pick this up. Please let our volunteers know if you are not able to run when you are picking up your bib at the Race Expo so that we won’t be looking for you on race morning.
Do I have to ride the Shuttle onto the Estate? Can I drive?
No, you are not required to ride the race shuttles onto the Biltmore Estate. You can certainly drive your own vehicle onto the estate. We recommend riding the shuttles (you can purchase tickets here) to allow you to have a relaxing race morning without worrying about parking or driving. Check out the shuttle options HERE.
Who are the other sponsors of the event?
To see the full list of sponsors, please visit the Sponsors section on our website.
I have a friend who would like to volunteer, can they help?
YES! We always need an extra set of hands! Please visit our Volunteer Page to learn about the opportunities available for volunteers or email email@example.com.
Is the Asheville Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?
Yes! The Asheville Marathon is a certified race course and Boston Qualifying event! USATF Sanctioned Certification Code #NC14024DF
If I registered for the Half, but want to switch to the Full, or vice versa, can I do that?
As long as a race is not full, you can switch between race categories (half to full/full to half, etc) at the Race Expo. There are no refunds if you switch ‘to a less expensive race’ for example from the marathon/challenges to half. If you want to switch from the half to the full or to the challenges you would be charged the difference between what you originally paid at registration and the current registration pricing.
Please note: After Feb 1st, 2020, there are no switches or changes allowed via online registration due to your bib and swag being personalized. When you arrive at the bib pickup you will get your bib and then take it to the race changes table in the registration room at the expo. The registration team will assist you with your switch between races at that time.
If the capacity limit has been reached for the Half can I sign up for the Full marathon and then switch to the Half? (or vice versa)
No, because we have a capacity of 1,525 participants each day. Switching cannot be accommodated when an event you wish to switch into is full.
If the capacity limit has been reached for the entire event, will there be a wait list?
YES, in the event that both races reach capacity, we will open a wait list. For more info regarding the waitlist please contact Info@runsignup.com.
Is there a capacity limit for the Challenges?
YES. The Backyard to Vineyard Challenge is limited to 100 participants and the Backyard to Backyard Challenge is limited to 100 participants.
I see online registration is closed can I still register?
YES. If spots are still available, you can register online up until the expo. Race day registration is NOT available for any of our events. If events are sold out registration will not be available on race weekend.
I found out I can’t run. Can I still transfer my bib?
Transfers are allowed until Monday, February 1st at midnight. After this time, transfers are no longer available.
Will the race CHAMPION charities have 1⁄2 marathon spots to sell when the race sells out?
YES, our Champion Charity Partners will have both marathon and half marathon race entries to the race. Running with one of our charities guarantees your entry in the race when the race has sold out and allows you to run with a purpose!
What are the age requirements for registering for a particular event?
Participants under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign their Registration Waiver for all events. We do not recommend that participants under 18 run in the full marathon event, minimum age for marathon is 16 years old.
On my registration my name is misspelled, my age is wrong, I have moved, etc.
No problem! Just let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR you can make the change at the Solutions Booth at the Expo.
I do not remember if I registered, can I get another confirmation email?
Please email email@example.com for assistance in finding your confirmation email.
Can I transfer my registration to a friend if I can no longer run or just wish to give it to someone esle?
Yes, you may transfer your bib to another runner up until our transfer deadline of Monday, February 1st at noon. There is a transfer fee of $20. After the transfer fee deadline, we do not allow bib transfers.
I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc). Can I get a refund?
We are sorry, but we do not offer refunds for this event. However, you may transfer your entry to another runner up until our transfer deadline of Monday, February 1st, 2020. There is a $20 transfer fee. After this deadline transfers are no longer available.
How do I cancel my registration?
If you are no longer able to participate in the event and would like to cancel your registration please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, there are no refunds, deferrals to the following year and the transfer option and deadline is Monday, February 1st, 2020. After this date transfers will no longer be available.
Can I defer my entry to the following year?
The Asheville Marathon & Half does not offer deferrals.
If the Half Marathon is sold out and I sign up for the Backyard to Vineyard or Backyard to Backyard Challenge and then choose not to do the full marathon can I get my money back for the marathon?
No. If you choose to purchase a Challenge entry and then decide to not to run one of the races we will not be issuing any refunds or discount codes.
Can’t I just “give” my entry to my friend if I cannot run?
No. Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any walker or runner who is found participating with another participant’s bib number will be disqualified immediately, removed from the course and reported to USATF officials. If you wish to transfer your entry to someone else, there is a $20 transfer fee and this process can be completed until the transfer deadline on Monday, February 1st, 2020 at noon.
Under what circumstances is Biltmore likely to cancel the event?
Yes. Biltmore Estate has the right to cancel the event only upon a force majeure event such as earthquake, fire, natural disaster, war, act of terrorism, etc. In the event of such cancellation Biltmore will still be paid the runner ticket fee.
Our event Registration Policy:
There will be NO refunds or deferrals for this event. Entries are non-transferable after Monday, February 1st, 2020 at noon. Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event and/or courses due to unfavorable conditions. If there are unfavorable weather conditions or reasons outside our control that effect our ability to host the event on event day the event will NOT be rescheduled. In the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God,” registration fees are NOT refundable or transferable for the following year. Expenses for the event have been incurred and are paid up-front regardless if the event takes place or not. In the event of a natural disaster or “Act of God” that would prohibit the event from taking place, the event will not be re-scheduled, it would be canceled.
Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God”.
What is the temperature usually like on race day in Asheville?
Our inaugural event happened to be on the coldest day on record in Asheville in 2013, however, since then our 2015 race day was mild and in the 60s, 2016 was perfect running conditions in the 50s, in 2017 conditions were mild and 2018 we had one day with snow during the race, but our runners said it was like running through a beautiful snow globe! Be prepared for any and all types of weather conditions and any course changes that may happen due to any unexpected weather related occurrences. Please note we will do everything in our power to hold this event for you, we are runners ourselves and know how hard you have trained for these bucket list races. We do not take cancelling events lightly and have no intentions of doing this unless your safety, the volunteer and race official safety is compromised. In the event of a cancellation due to a weather disaster there are no refunds or deferrals.
Please read our registration policy:
There will be NO refunds or deferrals for this event. Entries are non-transferable after Monday, February 1st, 2020 at midnight. Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event and/or courses due to unfavorable conditions. If there are unfavorable weather conditions or reasons outside our control that effect our ability to host the event on event day the event will NOT be rescheduled. In the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God,” registration fees are NOT refundable or transferable for the following year. Expenses for the event have been incurred and are paid up-front regardless if the event takes place or not. In the event of a natural disaster or “Act of God” that would prohibit the event from taking place, the event will not be re-scheduled, it would be canceled.
Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God”.
What if it snows on race day?
If there is a blizzard and/or hazardous weather conditions, as with any other marathon or sporting event, the race may be cancelled. The latest the race can be delayed is 8am due daily operations and guest flow traffic at Biltmore Estate. We will make every attempt possible to have this event on race day. If the conditions are life threatening or dangerous and we cancel the event and it will not be re-scheduled and entries are non-refundable.
Please read through our registration policy:
There will be NO refunds or deferrals for this event. Entries are non-transferable after Monday, February 1st at midnight. Race Management reserves the right to cancel or modify the event and/or courses due to unfavorable conditions. If there are unfavorable weather conditions or reasons outside our control that effect our ability to host the event on event day the event will NOT be rescheduled. In the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God,” registration fees are NOT refundable or transferable for the following year. Expenses for the event have been incurred and are paid up-front regardless if the event takes place or not. In the event of a natural disaster or “Act of God” that would prohibit the event from taking place, the event will not be re-scheduled, it would be canceled.
Registration fees are not refundable in the event of cancellation due to “Acts of God”.
Race Safety &
Can I wear headphones on the course?
Yes! BUT PLEASE pay attention while you are running and in congested areas of where you are on the race course. On Sunday the half marathon and marathon split at the bridge. There is also an out-back turnaround area on the half and the full marathon that you will want to pay attention to volunteers and race signage!
Are strollers or baby joggers allowed on the course?
NO. Strollers and baby joggers are prohibited.
Are dogs allowed at the event?
Dogs are not allowed in the race or on the course. They are allowed to attend with a spectator but they must be leashed at all times and are not permitted in any buildings or restrooms (unless they are a service dog).
What if I have to drop out of the race?
For the safety of our runners and to enhance the experience for our athletes, there will be very minimal vehicular traffic on the event courses during the race. We will have a sag vehicle that will be following the last runner on the course and will pick up runners along the way who are unable to complete the event. Please keep in mind that runners will be required to stay in the sag wagon until they can safely move along the course to take you back to the start/finish line, this may take some time.
If a runner would like to walk back to the start/finish area anytime during the race, the suggested drop out point that is most accessible to this area is the bridge.
What if I lose my bib? Can I still race?
Anyone on the race course without a bib, will be immediately pulled from the course and will get on the sag shuttle. We will have several bib checkpoints throughout the race so please have your bib VISIBLE on the front of you throughout the duration of the event. If your bib is hidden under clothing you will be asked throughout the race by race officials to show your bib.
If you do not have a bib on the race course, you will be stopped and then will need to board the sag shuttle. The sag shuttle will take runners back to the race hub area as quickly as possible but will be maneuvering the course slowly to not compromise the experience for the runners on the courses. Runners will not be allowed to cross the finish line without a bib and are not eligible to receive finisher awards or gifts.
Is the 3 1/2 hr Half Marathon and 6 1/2 hr Marathon time limit strictly enforced?
Yes.. Any runner not able to make it to the following checkpoints will be required to board the SAG shuttle van, which will follow the last runner for the entire race, and your race bib will be marked. Those on the shuttle will be required to remain onboard until the shuttle can safely return to the finish line without compromising the runners experience on the courses. Runners will not be allowed to receive post race finishing awards or prizes if you are picked up in the sag vehicle, however, you may enjoy the post race party and food at the finish area.
MARATHON CHECKPOINTS (race begins at 7:30 am):
- Checkpoint: Biltmore House at mile 6 – 9am (1 1/2 hrs from race start)
- Checkpoint: Beat the Bridge at mile 10 (East to Westside) – 10am (2 1/2 hrs from race start)
- Checkpoint: Beat the Bridge at mile 17 (West back to Eastside) – 11:45am (4 hrs 15 min from race start)
- Complete the race in 6 1/2 hrs (from race start) When you register for the marathon, you will confirm that you understand the course time limit is 6.5 hrs.
HALF MARATHON CHECKPOINTS (race begins at 7:30 am):
- Half Marathon Participants must be at Checkpoint at Biltmore House located at mile 6 by 9:00 a.m. The Half Marathon begins at 7:30 a.m, so you need to be at this 1st checkpoint by 9:00 a.m.
- Half Marathon Participants must be at Checkpoint at Bearpin at 7.5 miles by 9:30 a.m.
- Half Marathon Participants must be at Checkpoint at the Bridge located at mile 10 by 10:10 a.m.
- There is 3.5 hr. time limit on the course. When you register, you confirm that you understand the time limit is 3.5 hrs.
What if I get an injury on the course?
We will have medical staff on bicycles, course monitors and volunteers watching and assisting injured runners. In addition, we have 2 medical triage tents on the course to treat minor injuries, they can be found on our race map. If you are unable to continue the race because of a minor injury, you will board the sag vehicle (when it gets to you) and return to the finish area. If your injury is substantial and requires immediate medical care you will be transported to the medical tent at the finish line or to the emergency room by ambulance.
How many water stations are there on the course? What type of energy drink and gel are available?
GET TO KNOW YOUR FULL MARATHON WATER STATIONS:
GET TO KNOW YOUR HALF MARATHON WATER STATIONS:
Is there a clothing drop location on the course?
We have designated ‘Clothing Drops’ at each of our water stations. These boxes will be brought to the ‘Lost and Found’ Tent in the Vendor Area at the CONCLUSION OF EACH RACE. If you do not pick up your discarded clothing by Sunday at 3pm at the Lost and Found tent, we will donate them to the Western Carolina Rescue Ministries on Sunday evening. We cannot guarantee that any items discarded along the race course will be returned. We are not responsible for any items you discard during the event. We cannot locate items for you. If you want your item after the race we highly suggest that you keep it with you throughout the duration of the event.
How long will it take for me to get to the start line from the entrance of the Biltmore Estate?
Transportation is required on the estate since driving distances are significant.
This year we have added an additional shuttle option for all of our participants in the marathon. If you are a local runner, from out of town staying with friends or staying at one of our race hotels, we encourage you to take the shuttle to get onto the estate in the morning.
We encourage runners staying at our race headquarters hotel and partner hotels to use the shuttles provided by the hotel to and from the race, eliminating the need for you to take a shuttle from the parking area at the Estate to the start line. (Please see ‘Hotels’ page for more details). If you are staying at one of the properties on the Biltmore Estate, you do not need a Shuttle Pass.
If you plan to drive your car onto the estate – we encourage runners to come very EARLY (front gates will open at 5am) and to PLAN TO BE ON THE GROUNDS, NO LATER THAN 6 a.m. Race starts ON TIME at 7:30 am! Expect congested roadways entering the estate on race morning. (There is only one way in for car traffic!) Allow a minimum of 15 minutes transit time from each location; on race day, add 30-45 minutes to driving times. See the Biltmore Estate website for more information. Travel distances on Biltmore Estate include:
- 3 miles from Group Sales office to Biltmore House
- 2.5 miles from Group Sales office to Inn on Biltmore Estate
- 5 miles from Biltmore House and Gardens to the Winery
- 3 miles from Biltmore House to Deerpark Restaurant
- 2 miles from the Winery to Deerpark Restaurant
Will there be beer or wine at the post-race Marathon & Half parties?
Yes. Oskar Blues will serve beer to participants after the event in the race hub. There is a suggested donation of $4 per beer. All beer donations will be contributed to our race charities. The Winery at Biltmore Estate will open its doors at 10am on Saturday.
According to NC Liquor laws, alcohol may not be purchased or served on Sunday until after 10:00am. Oskar Blues will serve post-race beer at the post race party following the marathon and half marathon and the Winery at Biltmore Estate is open from noon-6:00 pm for free wine tasting.
Check back soon for more details on the Post-Race Parties for both days!
Can I Carpool or take a Shuttle?
YES! We encourage runners and spectators alike to use our available shuttles for a more stress free Asheville Marathon & Half experience and to keep the roads from being congested. Shuttles will drop you off at and pick you up from the start/finish line area in Antler Hill Village on the Biltmore Estate. Information about using shuttles is available on our Directions & Transportation page.
Will runners have a bag drop-off area at the start/finish area?
Yes, runners will receive a Fleet Feet ‘Finisher’ bag at the Race Expo. Runners MUST use the Fleet Feet finisher bags provided to have their bag included in our Finisher Bag tent that is next to the finish line and food tent beside Antler Hill Village. Runners will write their bib number and name on the bag and then will drop it off at the finish area prior to the race at the ‘Finisher Bag Tent”. This is a nice perk we are glad to offer runners so that runners can have a change of clothes, warmer attire, their phones and money to purchase race merchandise and additional food items at the post race party area. The finisher bags are not dropped along the race course they stay at the finish area. This is especially handy for runners that have used the shuttle service to come into the race.
We don’t have a bag drop location on the course throughout the race for runners. The finisher bag was implemented especially for our runners that were taking the shuttle in on race day so that they have a place to store their belongings. It is not required that you use the finisher bag services.
Where can I find race photos?
Bren Photography is our official race photographer for the Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate. You may view and purchase your race photos on their website, Bren Photography after the race. Typically it takes 48-72 hours after race weekend for the photos to be available to view and purchase. If you enjoy your race photo, we would highly encourage you to purchase these photos from this small, local photography business. They will spend their entire weekend with us making sure they capture your special moments. Please do not ‘swipe’ and ‘repost’ watermarked photos, this is considered stealing. This photography company is only receiving funds for the sale of the race photos online, so please show they your gratitude for being out there all weekend for you and support small business!
If I can’t make it to the half marathon or full marathon awards ceremony, can I get my award shipped to me?
If you can’t make it to half marathon or full marathon awards ceremony your hand-crafted glass award can mailed to you in a fragile/handle with care box for $15 or you may pick up at our office starting on Wednesday. March 25th after noon. You will need to contact email@example.com to make arrangements.
Why is their a spectator fee? Where can we purchase? What can my family do while waiting for me to finish?
There is an entrance fee for spectators to get on to Biltmore Estate property, which is privately owned and not open to the general public. Spectator tickets can be purchased at the Race Expo and at the Group Sales office (first building on your left when entering Biltmore) on race day starting at 6am.
ONE DAY TICKETS:
- $18 + tax for Biltmore Annual Passholders
- $23 + tax for those without Annual Pass
- Upgrade to house visit $29 + tax ($15 + tax for youth)
- Upgrade to annual pass $119 + tax
- Upgrade to house visit $29 + tax ($15 + tax for youth)
TWO DAY TICKETS:
- $33 + tax for Biltmore Annual Passholders
- $33 + tax for those without Annual Pass
- Runners that want to visit the house on Friday or Monday will need to purchase a $33 + tax (two day ticket) plus the adult upgrade ticket $29 + tax
- Runner + Spectator tickets can be upgraded for house visits on race day at one of the Guest Service kiosks.
~Runner + Spectator tickets can be upgraded for house visits on race day at one of the Guest Service kiosks on the Biltmore Estate – NOT at the Race Expo. Upgrades can be purchased at the Group Sales Office on Biltmore on Friday, March 20th (with race/spectator ticket in hand) until the office closes at 5pm and from 6:00am-5pm on Saturday, March 21st & Sunday, March 22nd. They can also be purchased at the main ticket center from 8:30am-6:30pm and Biltmore’s other guest service locations on property during Biltmore’s normal operating hours.
SPECTATORS TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON THE FOLLOWING DATES AND LOCATIONS
- March 20th, 2020 – Half Marathon Race Expo – 9am-7pm – at DoubleTree Hotel
- March 21st, 2020 – Half Marathon Race Day / Marathon Race Expo – 2-5pm
- Also, spectator tickets may be purchased at the Group Sales office on the Estate, on both race mornings beginning at 6:00 a.m.
There will be live music, food, drinks, cheering and more! Spectator viewing is limited during the event to the Start/Finish at Antler Hill Village, which is full of shops, and the Farm Trail area (no cars allowed on the course during the event). Spectators will get to see our race mascot at the bridge that connects the east and west sides of the estate. To find the best cheering spots, please see our Spectators pages’ ‘Best spots to watch’.
Family and friends are invited to volunteer at the event to see your family member up-close and personal during the event! To learn more visit our Volunteer Info page.
Do Biltmore Passholders have to buy a spectator ticket?
As long as passholders come in during normal business hours they are not required to have a spectator ticket. If they come in before normal business hours then they would have to purchase a spectator ticket because it is considered a ‘special event’ at Biltmore. Regular business hours on race day begin at 9:00 am.
Can we use our entrance ticket to get into the house on Monday for $10 additional for 2nd day entry, like regular Biltmore day time tickets?
The Two Day Ticket option is only good for Saturday and Sunday at Biltmore Estate.