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 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.