Here are some common questions about the races.

General & Relocation Information

IS IT SAFE AND SECURE TO REGISTER OVER THE INTERNET?

YES! The Asheville Marathon & Half has partnered with Race Roster who is a leader in online registration. Their website is safe, easy and secure. They guarantee that your personal information will be safe.

I REGISTERED FOR AN ASHEVILLE MARATHON EVENT, AND NOW I AM UNABLE TO RUN. CAN I GET MY MONEY BACK OR TRANSFER TO ANOTHER YEAR?

No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: All entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event.

DOES THE EVENT OFFER A HALF MARATHON OPTION?

YES! This exclusive boutique event has a half marathon!  

ARE RELAY TEAMS ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ASHEVILLE MARATHON?

No. We do not offer a relay division. Each participant must individually complete the full 26.2 or 13.1 mile distance.

I AM INJURED AND/OR CANNOT RUN THE EVENT (FAMILY COMMITMENT, WORK OBLIGATION, ETC). CAN I GET A REFUND?

No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: All entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event.

IF I REGISTERED FOR THE HALF, BUT WANT TO SWITCH TO THE FULL, OR VISA VERSA, CAN I DO THAT?

YES! You can switch anytime between the two races. There is a transfer fee if you do elect to switch either before the race or on race weekend.IF THE CAPACITY LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED FOR THE HALF CAN I SIGN UP FOR THE FULL MARATHON AND THEN SWITCH TO THE HALF?

YES, you can sign up for the marathon and switch to the half marathon at any time. You would not receive a refund in the price difference between the full and half marathon if you switch.

IF THE CAPACITY LIMIT HAS BEEN REACHED FOR THE FULL MARATHON CAN I SIGN UP FOR THE HALF AND THEN SWITCH TO THE MARATHON?

YES, you would pay a transfer fee to switch races and the difference in price between the 1⁄2 marathon and full marathon entry price whenever you make the switch.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 participating with another participant’s bib number will be disqualified.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.  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 tenth annual celebration event! Every participant will receive a Brooks technical running shirt, shuttle ticket, free post race beer, a goody bag filled with awesome swag from our sponsors and a finisher’s award and access to the post race party.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. For the DoubleTree Hotel contact information and a list of other recommended hotels please visit our Hotel page on our website.HOW DO YOU TIME THE EVENTS?

We use the MyLaps timing system. Each runner race number has a timing chip on the back of the bib. ARE STROLLERS OR BABY JOGGERS ALLOWED ON THE COURSE?

  1. 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).IS THERE A WHEELCHAIR AND/OR HANDCRANK DIVISION IN THE RACE?

No, due to the greenway and out and back nature of many miles of this event, there is not a wheelchair division.WHAT IS THE MARATHON EXPO? DO I HAVE TO GO? DOES IT COST MONEY?

The Asheville Marathon Expo is FREE and open to participants, their friends and family, and the general public. The Expo will be held on Friday, March 18th at Race Headquarters – DoubleTree Hotel. Each registered participant is required to attend to pick up their race bib (includes the timing chip on bib), t-shirt and goody bag. Please bring your ID in order to pick up your packet.

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 vendor info and other information.CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY BIB AND RACE PACKET FOR ME?

YES! Someone other than the registered runner may pick up the race packet at the Expo. I WON’T BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE; CAN I STILL PICK UP MY T-SHIRT?

YES! Please stop by the Expo and pick up your bib, t-shirt and goody bag. Please let us know if you are not able to run when you are at the expo so that we won’t be looking for you on race morning.IS THE 6 1/2 HR TIME LIMIT TO COMPLETE THE MARATHON STRICTLY ENFORCED?

Yes.  The course will be unattended by police, security and volunteers at the course cutoff. 

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. If your injury is substantial and requires immediate medical care you will be transported to the emergency room by ambulance.WHO ARE THE OTHER SPONSORS OF THE EVENT?

To see the full list of sponsors, please visit the Sponsors section on our website.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 support@idaph.netI 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.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! It is typically mild yet still somewhat unpredictable in March in our WNC area. Be prepared for any and all types of weather conditions.

On March 16th, the average high temperature in Asheville is 58 degrees Fahrenheit.  The average low is 37 degrees.  It’s often chilly in the morning, but is expected to warm up throughout the event.  Layers are advised for all runners! Runners may drop off extra layers at our aid stations. We will bring these clothing items back to the race finish at the end of the race (approx. 2-3pm), if they are not picked up on race day will donate these items to charity.

When should I expect a refund? 

Refunds will begin to be issued via Race Roster starting the week of January 17, 2022. It may take 5-10 business days for you to see this refund on your credit card statement. 

Can I defer my entry to next year? 

We cannot offer deferrals because we don’t know if we will be back at the estate next year. 

I signed up for the marathon, can I switch to the half marathon instead? 

Yes! Just reach out to support@idaph.net and let us know that you’d like to make the change.

I signed up for the Sunday half marathon, will my entry be switched automatically to the Saturday half marathon instead? Yes, all races will take place on Saturday now. If you signed up for the Sunday half marathon, your entry would be converted to the Saturday half marathon. 

I signed up for both the Saturday Half and a Sunday race. How do I switch to the marathon instead of the half on Saturday? 

In this case, please reach out to support@idaph.net. We’ll cancel one of your registrations and refund you the difference between the events you signed up for and the event you’d like to stay in.

I signed up for both a race on Saturday and one on Sunday. How do I cancel one of them and stay in the other race? 

Please reach out to support@idaph.net to make that change.

I signed up to race on Sunday, is Saturday, March 19th the only race day option now? Yes, due to our permit with the city, both races will take place on Saturday, March 19th. If you are unable to race on Saturday, you will want to either cancel your registration for a refund or switch your entry to the virtual race. 

 

Will there still be transportation from Doubletree Hotels and Hampton Inn to the race start? Yes, shuttle transportation will be provided to and from the race start and finish. 

 

Will there be shuttles from AB-Tech? Due to the event taking place in Downtown Asheville, there is plentiful parking on the street and in parking garages. There is no longer a need for parking at AB-Tech, so this lot will not be used. 

 

I have reservations at Biltmore Estate to stay at one of their hotels. Are there shuttles from the estate hotels to the race start and finish? There will not be race shuttles available from Biltmore Estate to downtown Asheville. 

 

I have reservations at Biltmore Estate to stay at one of their hotels and would like to be closer to the race start and/or finish. Do you have any other race hotels for me to switch my reservation. Yes, we have hotels listed on the hotel page of our website and are currently working with downton hotels to add some additional options. Keep watching the page for updates. 

 

Are dogs allowed? 

We love dogs, but due to the permit with the City of Asheville and the agreement with Wedge at Foundation and the limited space on the roads and greenway… dogs are not invited to this year’s half or marathon. 

 

Are strollers allowed? 

We love kids, but due to the permit with the City of Asheville and the agreement with Wedge at Foundation and the limited space on the roads and greenway… kids in strollers are not invited to this year’s half or marathon. 

 

Can I start the race early?

Due to the nature of the races, there are no early starts allowed. Starting early throws off all the logistics and elements on the course itself including police, water stations and volunteers. 

 

Can I start with the marathon instead of the half marathon? The races have two different start times to allow the marathoners to complete a section that is not on the half marathon course. This will allow the flow of the course to be seamless for all runners. Half marathon runners that choose to start prior to their designated start time at 8am will be DQd from the race. Marathoners that start after their designated start time of 7:30am will be DQd from the race. 

 

I am running the half marathon and my friend is running the marathon, is it okay if we start the race together even though we have different start times? Unfortunately, due to the nature of the course, half marathoners and marathon runners need to have two separate start times. The marathon runners will join back onto the half marathon course at approximately mile 2 ½ of the half marathon course and start early so there is an opportunity for you to still see/run with them on the course after they complete their first five miles. 

 

I have a spectator with me that would like to use the shuttle, can they hop on with me? 

Yes, shuttle tickets are $20 and can be purchased on the store and at the race expo. 

 

Will the race expo and packet pickup still take place at DoubleTree Hotel? 

Yes. The race expo will take place on Friday, March 18th.

 

Is the Asheville Marathon and Half course in downtown Asheville a USATF certified course? 

We are currently working on course certification for the downtown courses. 

Is the 2022 Asheville Half course in downtown the same as the 2021 Asheville Half Marathon course? 

No, it is a similar course, but it is not the same course that we used for 2021. This course will be a point to point race, ending in the River Arts District of Asheville. Check the course map for course details.

 

Is the Asheville Marathon in Downtown Asheville a Boston Qualifying event? We are currently working on course certification with USATF for the downtown course, which would then make it a Boston Qualifying race. 

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For any other questions, please write us at support@idaph.net