Top Five Races to Run in Asheville

TGIF!  This week has flown by (thankfully). The weather has been rough across the country. In Asheville we have been hit with ice and snow and temps below 0 degrees!  So not typical of this area!

I’m hooking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the weekly  #FridayFive link up. The theme for today is “Five Races to Run in 2015.”  This is a very fun link up and if you have a blog I hope you join in! You can find out more about it here on  Courtney’s  blog  along with a list of upcoming themes.

Today I thought I would share a few of my favorite races to run in Asheville in case you are inspired to road trip and tie it in with a race!

1. Coming up in a couple of weeks on March 15 is the Asheville Marathon and Half Marathon. Held on the beautiful grounds of the Biltmore Estate,  iDaph Events puts on a great race. The only thing to keep in mind is weather can be iffy.

Courtesy of iDaph Events


2. Another great race held on the Biltmore Estate in May is the Biltmore Kiwanis 15k/5k. I do this race every year with my dad. It was my first race to run! I love coming back to it and seeing how much I have improved.

3. Asheville is known as “Beer City USA” with more breweries per capita than anywhere in the country!  Here you can find out more info on exploring the craft brew scene in Asheville. One race director has come up with a series of races called, “Race to the Taps.”  It’s a series of 6 races held between April and October each being held at different breweries around the area. This is the first year for this event and I’m excited to run a couple of them!  Each race ends at a brewery with a complimentary pour. Food trucks and live music will be a part of the post race festival at the finish.

4. August is the hottest month in Asheville and a great time to head to the trails for the Springmaid Splash.  From the Carolina Runner, ” This run is tough, wet, and wild. YOU WILL GET WET! You will run along flat fields next to the river, and through the river four times. Paths wind through mountain laurel, challenging HILLS, numerous switchbacks, singletracks, soft sand, alongside ponds, over roots and rocky spots. The entire loop is “run-able,” but is totally acceptable to walk parts of the course. It is a great SUMMER COOL DOWN! ”

Now We’re Splashing! Courtesy of Mount Mitchell Races


5. The Thomas Wolfe 8k is a longstanding fall tradition. It is a great course that runs through downtown and the historic Montford neighborhood. Held in October the temperature is perfect for racing and trees are usually at peak fall colors. The date for 2015 has not been set.


If you are looking for a destination race in Asheville or western North Carolina I highly recommend The Carolina Runner.  Dennis’ site is the most comprehensive for races in the area and has grown to include races across North Carolina and South Carolina.

What race are you looking forward to in 2015?


12 thoughts on “Top Five Races to Run in Asheville”

  1. I have never been to Asheville but had the opportunity about 10 years ago when I was visiting Blowing Rock. I really wish I’d made it down–it sounds like such a great town, and I would love to tour the Biltmore. It also sounds like you have several great races down there!

    The race I’m most looking forward to this year is the Chicago Marathon. I’m going to attempt to BQ again, but this time after many months of off-and-on injuries.
    Molly @alsoranagain recently posted…5 Races to Run in 2015My Profile

  2. I’m excited about the Asheville Half next month! I just got in a new pair of shoes to break in for that race. The Biltmore grounds are so gorgeous!

    1. Hey April! You are in for a treat! The course is gorgeous! A little hilly on the front half but the back half is a nice finish. Good luck!

  3. OH, MY GOSH! A race at the Biltmore Estate would be AMAZING, Mary! I’m definitely going to add the Asheville Marathon/Half Marathon to my “want to run” list; this would be so much fun. Thanks for sharing some great ideas with us; hope you have a magnificent weekend and great long run with friends!
    Tara @ Running ‘N’ Reading recently posted…Races to Run in 2015My Profile

    1. Tara, you MUST tell me when you decide to run a race at Biltmore! It is a BEAUTIFUL course and so much fun! Good luck with your upcoming marathon!

    1. Hey Jenn! The Springmaid Splash is really a lot of fun, especially in the heat of summer! My trail shoes, Brooks Cascadia, drain water pretty fast. Come try it out!

    1. Hi and thanks for stopping by! Downhill at Dawn is a great little half just make sure your quads are prepared for the POUNDING they will take. Seriously, the downhill can be tough. Have fun!

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