Spectators Welcome

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

The races are spectator friendly, with live music and an opportunity for a personal best at both distances. The marathon features a double loop section along the newly added River Arts District Greenway and along the French Broad River. 

Spectators can attend the race and provide their own transportation, or they can purchase shuttle tickets for $20 and can be purchased on the store and at the race expo. 

Spectator Shuttles: (tickets required, available for purchase online – $20) 

    • Pre-race shuttle to Downtown: From Doubletree Hotel and Hampton Inn to the start line (6am-7am), last boarding at 7am
    • After the race start shuttle to the Finish area:  From Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville to the Wedge at Foundation (7:30am-8:30am – time may shift due to race start times). 
    • Post race shuttle from Wedge at Foundation (9am-3pm)
      • Back to Downtown Asheville
      • To Doubletree Hotel and Hampton Inn


Spectator Tips: Best Spot to Watch

We encourage spectators to line the course around the start and finish lines at Pack Square Park and the Wedge at Foundation. Runners will also be running along Lyman Street out and back, which has plenty of parking along the street!

While you’re there, Volunteer!

Volunteers and spectators are some of the most important people in the Asheville Marathon & Half on race day! Family and friends are encouraged to volunteer at the event to see your family member up-close and personal during the event! Seize the opportunities to volunteer at this event to come and check it out or do a little extra if you are racing this weekend. We take good care of our volunteers with food, drinks, and a comfy volunteer t-shirt.