Asheville Marathon: 4 Motivating Things to Help You to the Finish Line


The Asheville Marathon is an exciting event that happens every year in downtown Asheville, NC. Whether you’re looking for race information or showing up to spectate and support your friends and family, this guide will give you all the information you need to register for the big day, including extra helpful information about other races!

Everything You Need to Know to Get Registered for the Asheville Marathon

The Asheville Marathon & Half Marathon is an annual event held in downtown Asheville, NC, in March. This race is a Boston Qualifier, sanctioned by the USATF, and both courses are USATF certified.

The Asheville Marathon Course – Full and Half

Choose between a full marathon (26.7 mi) or half marathon (13.4 mi) course. Both courses are point-to-point and start at Pack Square Park. This exciting race takes you through downtown Asheville and then to the River Arts District. The course will go through city streets, on a greenway next to the French Broad River, and through the park. Much of the course is downhill and on paved surfaces with a few dirt sections.

This spectator-friendly event features live music at several spots along the route and opportunities for personal best. After finishing the marathon, runners will enjoy a celebration at the Wedge at the Foundation!


Asheville Marathon Registration

Registration starts as early as June but extends through the end of February. The Race Expo and Bib Pickup is the day before the race, or you can have it mailed to skip pickup. Get a race bib, t-shirt, goody bag, and a free shuttle ticket from the parking lot to the starting line. After the race, get post-race food, a beer, and festivities. Visit the registration page to see the complete list of perks you get when you sign up.

Appalachian Trilogy

When you sign up for the Asheville Marathon, plus two other races, you will receive a gold commemorative medal after running three races. As part of the Appalachian Trilogy, check out these other races in Hendersonville, NC. When you register for three races, you are automatically enrolled. Visit the Appalachian Trilogy page for more information.

Training Ops and Pace Leaders

To make the best experience possible and help you succeed, you’ll have access to Pace Leaders, who are available before and during the race to help support your goals. Before the race, you can join training programs to help you take your training goals to the next level. This service is available to all runners, whether just beginning or even if you’ve raced before, regardless of whether you’re running the half or full marathon. Visit the website for more information on the training program.

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Our stylish guest rooms and cottages have gas fireplaces, gorgeous views of the mountains, complimentary breakfast, and access to our restaurant, Newman’s. It’s a fantastic way to spend your evenings while enjoying your time in Asheville for the marathon!

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