FULL & HALF MARATHON

and Backyard to Vineyard Challenge!

Registration & Race Details

THE 8TH ANNUAL ASHEVILLE FULL & HALF MARATHON

returns to the Biltmore Estate in 2020

HALF

Saturday, March 21st
Sunday, March 22nd

FULL

Sunday, March 22nd

RUN both in the backyard to vineyard challenge!

OR run two halfs in the backyard to backyard challenge!

NEW FOR 2020!

Every participant gets one of these custom designed 2020 race buffs in their swag bag! Keep the sweat away and the heat IN with these super fashionable buffs!

Amenities

  • Exclusive use of the estate roads for running in the event. Minimal to no vehicular traffic on the east and west sides makes this destination marathon and half event even more serene, authentic & exquisitely beautiful.
  • Race headquarters hotel reserved room blocks or a Biltmore Farms hotel. Have the convenience of walking out the front door of your hotel to the start line and stay at the Inn on Biltmore Estate or the new Village Hotel at Biltmore.
  • Staying off-site? We offer a convenient VIP Race Day Shuttle Transportation Service to the start line and from the finish, for just $10. More Info on our Directions & Transportation page.
  • Personalized race number (bib)
  • Goody bag full of freebies – rated the best race bag swag ever!
  • Official custom-designed participant t-shirt (available only at Race Expo)
  • Full Marathon Finishers Award (finishers only)
  • Half Marathon Finishers Award (finishers only)
  • Post-race food from Ingles including beer from Oskar Blues. 
  • Post-race bag-check area
  • Post-race freebie to keep you warm! (marathon only)
  • Post-race freebie to fill with beer! (half marathon only)
  • Opportunity to qualify for Boston! (marathon only)
 

 

Limited Registration

The 8th Annual Asheville Marathon & Half are limited to 3,050 runners (1,525 per day) and will sell out quickly. Approximately 1/3 of the marathon race is run on paved surfaces and the other 2/3 of the marathon are on packed dirt and gravel roads. The half marathon course will follow the same roads for the first ten miles as the marathon course, however only marathoners get to run across the bridge to the West Side of the Estate. Half Marathoners will continue the final three miles of their run on the east side of the estate – along the flat, dirt carriage roads beside the French Broad River.

Other ways to get an entry into the Half or the Full Marathon at Biltmore:

  1. Race with one of our Charity Partners: (limited entries available).
  2. Sign up for one of exclusive VIP Packages (limited entries available).
 

 

Age Restrictions

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. There is no age maximum, if you can run, you are welcome!

 

Refund Policy

We are sorry, but we do not offer refunds for this event. 

There will be NO refunds or deferrals for this event. Entries are non-transferable after Monday, February 17th 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.

NOTE: You may not GIVE your entry to a friend to run in your place! Due to USATF rules and regulations, each participant must register themselves and sign their own waiver. Any runner who is participating with another participant’s bib number will be disqualified. Photo ID’s and bib numbers will be checked at the race expo as well as at the entrance to the estate on race morning. Any runner on the race course without a bib will be pulled from the race immediately.

 

Spectator Tickets

The spectator fee is an entrance fee for spectators to get on to Biltmore Estate property, which is privately owned and not open to the general public.

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

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 on the Biltmore Estate – NOT at the Race Expo.  Upgrades can be purchased at the Group Sales Office on Biltmore on the Friday before the event, (with race/spectator ticket in hand) until the office closes at 5pm and from 6:00am-5pm on the following Saturday & Sunday. 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:

Friday, March 21st, 11am-7pm  –  Race Expo at DoubleTree Hotel

Either Race Morning at Group Sales Office on Biltmore Estate beginning at 6:00 am

 

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.