Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate

Sat March 21 - Sun March 22 Asheville, NC 28803 US Directions



03/21 7:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
Open to ages 15+.


03/21 - 03/22 7:30AM EDT - 11:00AM EDT
Open to ages 15+.


03/22 7:30AM EDT - 2:00PM EDT
Open to ages 16+.

The Asheville Marathon & Half Marathon has been cancelled and will be held as a virtual event.

It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).To join our Strava club and run with us virtually, click here. To have your race swag + medal mailed to you, respond to the popup by March 22nd at midnight. After this date, we will not be able to process any further mailing requests.


We regret the uncertainty and inconvenience that has surrounded our race week and appreciate your understanding as we have worked on the best course of action within rapidly changing circumstances. 

All paid registrants for the Asheville Marathon & Half will be refunded the portion of their registration fee that covered Biltmore runner tickets. Therefore, no participant will be eligible to receive a runner ticket to visit Biltmore.

·         Participants with one-day registration will be refunded $23 plus tax.

·         Participants with two-day registration will be refunded $33 plus tax.

·         Participants who purchased spectator tickets for $30 through their race registration will be refunded according to the number of tickets purchased. 

For any runners whose race registration was purchased by a charity or group, Biltmore runner ticket refunds will be issued directly to the charity or group.

Also, we will be able to recoup the money from Shuttle Tickets.  Participants who purchased shuttle tickets will be refunded according to the number of tickets purchased. 

  • No credit card processing fees will be refunded.
  • No action by paid registrants is required. 

Refunds will come from iDaph Events and will be sent out via check to the mailing address on file with RunSignup. All participants eligible for a refund check will receive one check with the total refund that will include Biltmore passes and shuttle tickets. If you need to change this mailing address, please go to your RunSignup profile by Sunday, March 22, 2020 at MIDNIGHT EST. Please allow 2-4 weeks for the checks to process. 

For race participants who booked lodging at Biltmore during the race, all cancellation fees are waived and lodging deposits will be refunded. To cancel or reschedule your hotel reservation, please call Biltmore at 866-336-1245.

Biltmore was selected as the location for our private event. As the venue, Biltmore is unable to provide specific information regarding Asheville Marathon & Half, process refunds or handle questions (with the exception of changes to Biltmore lodging reservations). Please direct questions to us at Again, no action is required for your paid Biltmore runner ticket, spectator ticket or shuttle ticket refund to process.

For more information, visit our blog here.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at


1 Approach Road
Asheville, NC US 28803


In the 8th Annual Asheville Marathon & Half, held on and run entirely on the grounds of the Biltmore Estate, runners will wind through paved and packed dirt roads to see hardwood forest, meadows, gardens, and extraordinary views of the Biltmore House and Estate. This is the original Asheville Marathon and first race of its kind to come to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina; don’t miss out on being part of history at Biltmore Estate in 2020.

To enhance our runners experience in America’s Largest Backyard, the full and half marathon are boutique style races have a limited number of 1,525 participants on each day. 

While other marathons and halves present you with monotonous scenes of asphalt, steel, and glass, the marathon course around Biltmore provide depth and diversification: from the marvels of gardening and architecture that is the Estate itself, to lesser tamed, more challenging stretches that lie at the end of the race, along the rustic banks of the French Broad River. Enjoy this boutique race with all it’s historic surroundings, and fantastic amenities, including Shuttle TransportationRace ExpoVIP Packages, and Partner Hotels for a unique race experience.

Half Marathon runners experience the first 10 miles running along the same course with the full marathoners; enjoying all the European Gardens, the exquisite views of the Biltmore House, the manicured grounds and everything that is the civilized side of the Estate.

With the European-style formal gardens left in your wake, Full Marathon participants will move into a much different passageway, encompassed by untamed foliage and less civilized terrain. The wild side of Biltmore: Where few eyes have seen… Where few feet have trod… a different kind of Biltmore experience awaits.

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For all you need to know about race weekend, checkout our runner guide here!

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.


Important Participant Deadlines

Below is a list of participant deadlines that you won't want to miss!

  • EVENT TRANSFERS are FREE until February 1st at midnight. After February 1st there is a $20 fee to transfer. This event transfer option is only available if the event is not sold out. Contact after February 1st if you need assistance with transferring between events. 
  • BIB EXCHANGES (person to person) are allowed until Monday, February 1st at midnight and must be done online through RunSignup.  After the bib exchange deadline, we do not allow bib transfers. 
  • Sign up by February 29th at midnight and you are guaranteed to have your preferred SHIRT SIZE. There will be limited sizes/quantities after this date available when you register online. 
  • Registration will close the night before the race! All Saturday event registrations will close at 7:00 PM on Friday, March 20th. All Sunday event registrations will close at 5:00 PM on Saturday, March 21st
  • Personalized Bib Deadline: Participants must be registered by February 21st at midnight to have their name and personal info printed on their runner bib. 

  • Shuttle Ticket and Spectator Pass Online Sales Deadline: March 15th @ midnight (will be available at the expo after this date in limited quantities).

Asheville Discount Card

We've teamed up with some of our favorite spots to bring our participants a "tour of the town" using these great discounts. Let this be your guide as you dine and shop your way through this incredible city. Thank you to our amazing sponsors for making this possible!

  • 12 Bones Smokehouse: This barbecue joint is an Asheville institution and serves up stellar BBQ in it's River Arts District and South Asheville locations.
  • The Collaboratory (from Oskar Blues): A relative new-comer to downtown Asheville, the Collaboratory has quickly become a crowd favorite with it's comprehensive craft beer selection and unique foods. 
  • Farm Burger: Another long-standing Asheville staple, Farm Burger pairs 100% grass-fed goodness and locally sourced produce in it's South Asheville and downtown locations.
  • Fleet Feet Asheville: This is certainly your one stop shop for all things running in Asheville. Stock up before the race, or stop by afterwards to prep for your next big run!
  • French Broad Chocolate: Located in the heart of downtown, you'll definitely want to stop here for something sweet as you tour the town.
  • MTN Merch: If you're just visiting Asheville, stop by MTN Merch for a uniquely Asheville gift or keepsake!
  • Summit Coffee: This rustic coffee shop is the perfect pit stop as you meander your way through Asheville's eclectic River Art's District businesses an artist studios.
  • Urban Orchard Cider: Want a little something other than beer in the town of a thousand breweries? Urban Orchard has you covered with an incredible spread of ciders and food items to sample during your time in Asheville. 

Purchase your discount card during registration, or by clicking HERE.

(All discounts expire at midnight on 3/25/20)(limited to the first 250 purchases)


What is a shuttle ticket? Who needs one?

Purchase a shuttle ticket to take you straight to the start line! You can select tickets from either the DoubleTree Hotel or our reserved parking at AB Tech. Buses will run from 5am to 7am (also after the race), and you must be in line by 6am. You will receive your ticket with your race packet. All runners are also allowed to skip the shuttle and drive themselves onto the estate and to the start line. 

  • For more information, click here.
  • To purchase, select tickets during registration, or click here


Deadline for guaranteed shirt size: February 29th at midnight

The 2020 race shirts are here! Participants in the half marathon on Saturday will receive a blue shirt, while Sunday runners will take home the red shirt. Both choices are athletic material, comfortably cut, and ready to run in!


If you'd like to exchange your shirt after the race on Sunday, we'll be setup at the race expo site (DoubleTree Hotel) from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM to process those changes!


Calling all pacers! To inquire about pacer positions for this year's race, send an email to our pacer coordinator, John Scott, at

What is a spectator pass? Who needs one?

There is an entrance fee for spectators to access the Biltmore Estate property, which is privately owned and not open to the general public. Your spectator pass is essentially a day pass to the property. While it doesn't include a tour of the house (purchased separately from a Biltmore representative), it does give you access to the restaurants, shops, winery, and other attractions for the entire day of your race. 

Spectator passes can be purchased during registration (until March 15th at midnight), or at the following dates/times:

  • March 20th, 2020 – Half Marathon Race Expo –  11am-7pm – at the DoubleTree Hotel
  • March 21st, 2020 – Half Marathon Race Day / Marathon Race Expo – 2-5pm - at the DoubleTree Hotel
  • Also, spectator tickets may be purchased at the Group Sales office on the Estate, on both race mornings beginning at 6:00 a.m.

If you pre-purchase spectator passes online with your registration, you MUST pick them up at the expo.

Race Essentials Package (NEW for 2020)

GET PREPARED: Stock up with all the race day essentials at a discounted rate. You can purchase this package during the registration process.

This package includes: 

- (1) Shuttle Ticket

- (1) Spectator Ticket for a friend, family member, etc. (includes convenience fee)

- (1) Asheville Marathon and Half Drawstring Bag

- (1) Pair of Asheville Marathon and Half Running Gloves

- (1) Asheville Marathon and Half Car Decal


Exclusive Merch at the Expo

Stick around after you pick up your packets at the expo - this exclusive AVL Marathon and Half merch won't last long!


Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Socks for Charity

100% of the funds from this year's Balega charity socks will benefit our main sponsor: Team in Training! They're incredibly comfortable to run in, and will be available for purchase during race weekend at the expo or race hub.

Don't miss out on a great sock for a great cause!





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