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. We are also partnered with Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabins, if you prefer a more private setting, nestled right on the race course! 

HOTEL INFORMATION

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

Did you register to participate in-person but can't make it on race day? You don't have to miss out! You can transfer your registration to the virtual event at any point before the start of the race. In the virtual event, you'll run anywhere you like, post your results, and have your swag mailed to you after the event.


TRANSFERS: All participants can transfer into the virtual version of their event up until the start of the event. Email support@idaph.net to request the transfer. There will be no refunds for the price difference between events. Transfers during the week of the event will cost $10 (starting Monday, March 13th)


REFUNDS: We have a small, but mighty team that is working on all the details to produce this event safely for you and everyone in our community in attendance. We are incurring the expenses for production well before the day of the event, and 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 due to a change in the status of the pandemic, weather, an act of god, or other unforeseen circumstance.


CANCELLATION: In the event of an unforeseen circumstance, such as an emergency, an act of god, not receiving approval of final event permits, or change in pandemic status resulting in the inability to have the in-person event, we reserve the right to cancel the event and automatically convert all in-person registrations to the virtual option. Should this occur, your swag will be mailed to you for free.