You don’t have to run to participate in the fun!

Spectators provide crucial encouragement and support that can help runners push through tough moments. A simple cheer or applause can make a significant difference in boosting a runner or walkers morale. Our spectator shuttle allows you to see your runner or walker multiple times without having to worry about parking and road closures along the course. It’s the best way to experience the race in a stress-free manner.

Shuttle tickets must be purchased prior to race day.


Choose from 2 options:

Park at the Start Line

Park downtown Asheville and make your way to the start line (see parking recommendations).

Shuttle to the Start Line

If you are staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville–Biltmore or Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Village, you can take the shuttle to the start line.

Spectator Locations:

The spectator shuttle will allow you to see participants at the following locations along the course:

🎉 Race Start
Downtown Asheville at the corner of Spruce & College. Check out our list of coffee options to check out while you wait for the race to start.

🎉 Mile .7
🎉 Mile 5.5

Walk one block from the start line to the corner of College and Market. After you see your runner the second time, board shuttle #2 at the start line.

🎉 Mile 18-18.5 (Marathon)
🎉 Mile 11-11.5 (Half Marathon)
Participants will pass through Carrier Park which is 1/4 mile from the finish area.

🎉 Mile 22 (Marathon) 
Marathoners will do a double loop around Carrier Park allowing spectators to see them a second time.

🎉 Mile 26 (Marathon) 
🎉 Mile 13 ( Half Marathon) 
This is another great place to see your runner, especially if the finish area is crowded. Located between Carrier Park & RiverLink Karen Cragnolin Park.

🎉 Finish Area 
RiverLink Karen Cragnolin Park (1/4 mile from Carrier Park). There will be race festivities across the street and Wrong Way Cabins including food trucks, live music, and more!

Shuttle Schedule:

Shuttle #1 – Partner Hotels to Downtown

Shuttle Hours: 5:45am-7am
Departs From: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville – Biltmore (rear of hotel near Vanderbilt Ave (view map)
Arrives At: Marathon & Half Marathon start line

Shuttle #2 – Downtown to Finish Area

Shuttle Hours: 8:00AM, 8:30AM, 9:00AM
Departs From: Start Area (view map)
Arrives At: Finish Area

Shuttle #3 – Finish Area to Starting Destination

Shuttle Hours: Every half hour beginning at 9:00AM-2:30PM
Departs From: Finish Area (view map)
Arrives At: Downtown Asheville and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville

Coffee Options Near the Start Line:

Refuge Coffee Co - Located at the Start Line

Bare Bones Brew Haus - Located at the Start Line

Green Sage Cafe Downtown - 5 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801 
Saturdays 8am - 4pm

Cafe Bomba - #1 SW, N Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Saturdays 8am - 3pm

High Five Coffee - 13 Rankin Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Saturdays 7am - 6pm

PennyCup at the YMI - 39 S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801
Saturdays 7am - 6pm

Izzy's Coffee Den - 74 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Saturdays 7:30am - 8pm

Capella on 9 - 10 Broadway St f9, Asheville, NC 28801, Located in: AC Hotel by Marriott Asheville Downtown
Saturdays 6:30am - 11am

Old Europe Pastries - 18 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801-2903
Saturdays 7am - 11pm

The Med Scratch Diner - 57 College St, Asheville, NC 28801-2819
Saturdays 8am - 2pm