Race Weekend

A lot happens on the weekend of the Asheville Marathon & Half: Hotels offer great deals for Marathon & Half participants, there are VIP Packages to take advantage of, the Race Expo is full of activities, we welcome Spectators and Volunteer participation, and we offer Transportation options on our Directions page. Continue to check these pages for additional updates leading up the event day.

2020 RACE DAY TIMELINE COMING SOON! 

Asheville

To find out more about planning your trip to Asheville, we recommend you visit the ExploreAsheville.com and Asheville Chamber websites. Information about the City of Asheville from ExploreAsheville.com:

Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city’s rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America.

While many cities underwent major overhauls in past decades, Asheville’s historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved. There’s something special about Asheville, and the world is just beginning to discover it. This thriving mountain city features a funky and eclectic downtown, 30-plus art galleries downtown alone, a burgeoning culinary scene, a thriving live music scene and, of course, the awe-inspiring scenery of the Appalachian Mountains.

Asheville is the ultimate playground, with a wide diversity of outdoor adventures and the ideal destination for an active and healthy getaway.

Biltmore Estate, America’s Largest Backyard

George Vanderbilt created Biltmore as an escape from everyday life. While you are visiting Asheville for the marathon & half, plan your visit to the 8,000-acre estate in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Your race day entry includes self-guided tours of the breathtaking Biltmore House & Gardens and the Antler Hill Village—featuring the Winery, The Biltmore Legacy, Village Green, and Farm.

Play in America’s largest backyard with an array of outdoor activities, indulge in one-of-a-kind shopping, and savor the Biltmore Estate restaurants‘ exceptional fare. Visit Biltmore in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, NC and let their gracious hospitality inspire you.

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.